Championing diversity within Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine is an essential part of its vision to promote an inclusive culture working to eradicate health disparities in Cleveland and across the world. To uphold and strengthen these objectives, the school is pleased to announce that Tina Lining has joined us in a new role as Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.
In her new position, Lining will create, support and measure initiatives to promote inclusive excellence, recruiting a diverse workforce and expanding the skills and talents of faculty, staff and students through professional development and leadership opportunities. She will also serve as a liaison and develop partnerships with affiliate hospitals, the University and the community to promote diversity and inclusion as essential elements of our mission.
Earning her master’s degree at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Lining also began her career at Case Western Reserve as an academic advisor, program coordinator and director of the Assist program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She went on to serve as assistant dean of inclusion, equity and multicultural affairs at Ursuline College where she developed and implemented a strategic plan to align innovative best practices and broaden the lens for diversity on campus.
Most recently Lining served as a senior inclusion specialist in human resources at MetroHealth working with clinicians and staff as well as School of Medicine faculty and students to celebrate and maintain a culture that respects and encourages unique ideas and perspectives. While there, she also served as liaison for Lincoln West High School, working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to implement and maintain an innovative school, partially housed on the MetroHealth campus.
Throughout her 19 years working in higher education and health care, Lining’s extensive background leading diversity, inclusion and equity made her the ideal choice for this new role.
Welcome to the School of Medicine, Tina!