Strategic Plan & Initiatives

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Think Big Strategic Plan

Think Big is the strategic plan of Case Western Reserve University. It outlines a vision we call our North Star as well as four Pathways to guide decision making.

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Strategic Initiatives

The strategic initiatives below are in support of the Think Big strategic plan and are helping the university achieve its North Star.

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Community Relations

Reporting directly to President Eric Kaler, the Office of Local Government and Community Relations serves as a liaison between Case Western Reserve University and the local governments and communities of Northeast Ohio. 


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Departmental Diversity Seminar Series

The series provides STEM and STEM-relevant academic departments the opportunity to seek funding support to invite scientists from racial, ethnic, or gender groups underrepresented in their STEM discipline to campus.


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Faculty Hiring Initiatives

As Case Western Reserve moves into a post-pandemic faculty hiring phase, the Office of the Provost is sponsoring two, new programs to complement the ongoing hiring activities at the university.


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For a Better CWRU

For a Better CWRU is a student-led task force charged with examining the policies, practices and initiatives necessary to achieve a true culture of respect on our campus.


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North Star Consortium

As part of CWRU's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, the university is partnering with Black and minority serving universities to establish long-lasting, collaborative relationships regarding research, learning and teaching.


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Presidential Society of STEM Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Society is focused on excellence in the future of STEM teaching and research, with an emphasis on encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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Provost Scholars

The Provost Scholars Program is a partnership among Case Western Reserve University, East Cleveland City Schools and Ginn Academy (CMSD). 


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Roth Leadership Development Program

The Roth Leadership Development Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students to become human-centered, ethical leaders who intentionally work to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the globe.


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STEM Faculty Recruitment and Retention Journal Club

Members of the CWRU community, particularly those faculty in STEM-related fields, are invited to join a Journal Club focused on STEM faculty recruitment and retention.