June'23 Initiatives

Here, we recognize the Pride Month and Juneteenth. Our goal is to embrace and promote diversity, inclusivity, and understanding while recognizing and appreciating the unique contributions of different communities.

Pride Month At A Glance!

June is internationally recognized as Pride Month, a time to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions to society. Our calendar includes a range of events and we encourage all of you to attend the events listed below.  

Safe Zone Training |  Friday, June 16 | 3:30 - 5:30 PM 

This training explores current LGBTQ+ identity terms, coming out, how to create a safe campus, heterosexism & homophobia, sexual orientation myths and facts, and statistics. Recommended for any faculty or staff that has not taken Safe Zone Training at all or within the last 2 years. 

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VITALS: LGBTQ+ Health Across Our Campuses Panel Discussion | Wednesday, June 21 | 12:00- 1:00 PM 

Jason Lambrese, MD, SOM Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, will moderate a panel discussion with SOM Faculty and leadership from CCF, Metro, UH, and VA.  The discussion will include LGBTQ+ clinical services at each campus; additional services, treatments, research, education, and advances for the LGBTQ+ population; how Faculty, staff, and students can get involved; Q&A. 

DEIE Pride month

The Panel includes:

  • Moderator: Jason Lambrese, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs - Gerberding Society.
  • Cecile Audrey Ferrando, MD, MPH, Director of Transgender Surgical Services, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Allison Myers, MD, Family Medicine Physician, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, MetroHealth
  • Michelle Marie Caster, MD, Medical Director, Gender Care Program. University Hospitals Health System
  • Megan McNamara, MD, Clinical Lead Physician, Transgender Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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LGBTQ+ Wine & Cheese Social at Jolly Scholar | Monday, June 26 |  5:00 -7:30 PM

Join us for an early evening filled with exceptional wine, delicious cuisine, and good company as we kick off 2023 PRIDE Month in style.  

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Trans Allyship Training |Tuesday, June 27 | 3:00 - 5:30 PM

This training covers the differences between sex, gender, and sexuality, current gender identity terms and resources, and ways to support our LGBTQ+ community, specifically the transgender community. Recommended for any faculty or staff that has not taken Safe Zone Training at all or within the last 2 years. 

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CWRU Resources

1. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

2. CWRU Pride LGBT Alumni Network

3. LGBTQ Research Group

4. LGBT Local Groups Information 

5. LGBT National Groups Information

Juneteenth At A Glance!

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It holds a special significance as it marks the day, June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced to the enslaved African Americans that the Civil War had ended and they were finally free. This historic event occurred more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as America's second Independence Day and serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice. 

Juneteenth Observance Cookout | Tuesday, June 20 | 12 PM – 1:30 PM 

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, School of Medicine invite you to a Juneteenth Observance Cookout at the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Enjoy food and music, as we honor Juneteenth!

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DEIE Juneteenth Celebration | Friday, June 23 | 12- 2:00 PM
Dr. Gregory Hall

Hybrid Presentation: "What Juneteenth Means for Urban Health Care Equity" By Gregory Hall, MD | 12-1 PM

Commemorating Juneteenth as a National holiday is another step towards initiatives that promote anti-racism, which leads to reconciliation, healing, and true inclusion. Join Dr. Gregory Hall, Founder and Board President of the National Institute for African American Health (NIAAH), as he lifts ways higher education institutes and their hospital affiliates can train Faculty, Staff, and students to better understand the root causes of inequalities in health care and how to take action to dismantle inequities in healthcare delivery.


Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Reception | 1-2 PM

Following the presentation join us in the BRB Lounge to enjoy live jazz music by the Good Vibes Ban, poetry, and a sampling of Soul Food prepared by Cleveland's own, Chef Eric Wells (Skye LaRae's Culinary Services).

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Juneteenth Community Initiatives 2023

1. Freedom Fest: Saturday, Fri, June 16  form 6:00pm - 10:00pm + Sat, June 17  from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Mall C - downtown Cleveland  | Sponsored by MetroHealth Cleveland

2. Culturebana Expo: Sun Jun 18, 2023 | Summit County Fairgrounds 1050 North Ave, Tallmadge, OH 

3. Saxophonist Andre Cavor LIVE |  Mon, Jun 19, 7 – 9 pm | The Winchester Music Tavern, 12112 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH

4. Cleveland Alumni Chapter of Kentucky State University Juneteenth Jamboree |June 17 at  8pm - June 18 at 12am |  FX Dance Academy & Event Center 3637 Green Road #suite 3A Beachwood, OH 44122

5. Juneteenth Gospel Performance & Panel | Thurs, 15 June, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm | Union Home Mortgage Plaza, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH United States 

6. Art n’ B Night: A Juneteenth Celebration | Thurs, June 15, 8pm | Lounges CLE 1547 St Clair. Cleveland, OH 44114 

7. Mx. Juneteenth: A Black & Queer Liberation Celebration '23 | Sat, June 17 from 12 - 6 pm | BLK PunX Press Studio 4701 Perkins Avenue #1 Cleveland, OH 44103

8. Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration | Sun, June 18 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | South Euclid, 1534 S Green Rd, South Euclid, OH 44121, USA 

9. The 2nd Annual University Heights Juneteenth Celebration | Sun, June 18 from 1:30 - 8:30 pm | Walter Stinson Community Park 2301 Fenwick Rd. University Heights, OH 44118

10. Juneteenth Friends & Family Celebration | Sun, June 18 from Noon - 1pm | incYou 616 East 185th Street Cleveland , OH 44119

11. Juneteenth Paint and Party | Sat, June 17 from 4 - 7pm | 503 Prospect Ave E 503 Prospect Avenue East Cleveland, OH 44114

12. The 14th Annual Juneteenth African Dance & Drum Fest | June 16 at 5:00 pm - June 18 at 8:30 pm | Pivot Center for Art, Dance. and Expression 2937 West 25th, Cleveland, OH

13. Juneteenth Fashion Benefit & Auction! | Sat, Jun 17 at 2 pm | United Temple Church - The Tabernacle Cleveland, 14284 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH, United States, Cleveland Heights, United States