Departmental Diversity Seminar Series

African American man giving a public speech.

The Departmental Diversity Seminar Series provides STEM and STEM-relevant academic departments across the university the opportunity to seek funding support to invite scientists from racial, ethnic, or gender groups underrepresented in their STEM discipline to campus to give talks using the department’s existing seminar infrastructure (time slot, room, advertising etc.).


The series aims to increase diversity in academia by exposing CWRU students with STEM aspirations to role models that share their racial, ethnic, and/or gender identity. Showcasing the accomplishments of scholars in STEM disciplines who belong to marginalized groups will broaden the awareness of issues related to diversity within the STEM disciplines and provide opportunities to expand professional networks or initiate new collaborations. Ultimately, the series hopes to enrich the diversity within the pools of faculty candidates and deepen the diversity of faculty across the Case Western Reserve campus, and across the globe.

Program Details

STEM and STEM-related academic departments can request funds from the Office of the Provost to host a seminar speaker from groups underrepresented in their STEM discipline. The requests will be reviewed by a panel of faculty with expertise in underrepresented STEM recruitment and engagement.

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Seminar speakers may be from any level along the STEM career pathway (from graduate student through full professor) and will be compensated with a modest honorarium depending on stage of career pathway

Seminar speakers must agree to give two talks:

  • a one-hour science talk on their research or scholarship; and
  • a one-hour discussion with students, where the speaker shares their scientific journey, obstacles overcome, words of wisdom, etc., and answers questions from the student audience.

All STEM and STEM-relevant academic departments at CWRU are eligibility to request funding to host a speaker. Host departments should aggressively recruit students at all levels to attend both seminars. Special effort should be made to encourage underrepresented students and postdoctoral researchers in host department to attend both seminars.

The following are allowable expenses that host departments can charge to the Departmental Diversity Seminar Series program:

  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Refreshments for both seminars
  • Refreshments for post seminar reception
  • Speaker honorarium

**Note: The maximum allowable funding request by host department per speaker is $3000.

Questions? Contact Jocelynn Clemings in the Office of the Provost at