The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center exemplifies Case Western Reserve University’s commitment to serving its diverse student, staff, faculty, and alumni. The LGBT Center’s vision is to foster an empowering, loving, and equitable environment for our multifaceted community to thrive within CWRU. The LGBT Center’s mission is to provide support and advocacy to LGBT individuals within CWRU and provides a haven to those who are seeking solidarity and community. We educate the campus community about the complexity of human sexuality, gender and relationships through authentic dialogue.
The LGBT Center is staffed by director, Liz Roccoforte, administrative assistant, Elizabeth Smith, and undergraduate and graduate student coordinators. The LGBT Center staff welcome at the front desk, facilitate education programs and conversation groups, and offer advising and advocacy to the campus community. Outfitted with a TV, couch, chairs, ample desk space and more, the Center is a great place to relax, study, or gather to meet and enjoy the company of fellow students. Both informal gatherings and structured events are supported and encouraged. The Center also offers a library stocked with books and periodicals, as well as, brochures and other resources pertaining to LGBTQIA topics. All LGBT Center staff members seek to aid those searching for information or support.
The LGBT Center is located at the heart of campus on the first floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, situated as the first office greeting visitors entering through the Linsalata Entrance off Bellflower Road. The space provides an inviting home to members of the LGBT and allied community interested in exploring and celebrating LGBTQIA identities. Beyond the student base, the LGBT Center also welcomes alumni, prospective students, staff and faculty, and community members.
Case Western Reserve University is recognized by media and community organizations for its LGBT inclusive policies and culture.
In 2017, College Choice named CWRU #34 on its list of Top 50 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities of the year. College Choice factors in aspects such as affordability, student satisfaction, and academic reputation, in addition to LGBT inclusion. More about this ranking can be found on the College Choice website.
Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students
In 2006, The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students included Case Western Reserve as one of the guide's 100 best campuses for LGBT students. The school earned a 10 out of 20 on the "Gay Point Average" scale.
Campus Climate Index
CWRU makes the list for the Top 25-LGBT Friendly Colleges And Universities, receiving four and a half out of five stars on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
Academic life, student life, policies and practice, housing and residence life, and counseling and health services are just a few of the criteria measured for the index.
The university was cited for expressly using the words sexual orientation, transgender, transsexual and/or gender identity/expression in its nondiscriminatory statement and Equal Employment Opportunity policy, which are in print materials and posted online. Read the Huffington Post article or view CWRU's full profile.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Illumination Award
Case Western Reserve University's LGBT Center received the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance Illumination Award for most supportive organization in recognition of the university's inclusive healthcare policies for transgender individuals.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually as a memorial to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who are murdered each year due to hate, transphobia and our strict adherence to the gender binary. Cleveland's ceremony aims to also celebrate life and progress in our community with the Illumination Award.
HRC Equality Awards
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) honored Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Deputy Provost Lynn Singer with its Equality Award during its 16th Annual Celebrating the Fine Art of Equality celebration on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Cleveland InterContinental Hotel.
The two university leaders received the award for their support of campus LGBT diversity efforts. The Very Rev. Tracey Lind from Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral was also honored during the event.
Jane Daroff, a member of Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services, 2008 Equality Award recipient, and member of the Board of Governors of the HRC presented the prize to Snyder and Singer.