University Departments and Organizations

Case Western Reserve University is proud to have strong departments and organizations centered on diversity, inclusion and justice. These departments have strong teams who work to advocate and educate our faculty, staff and students on important issues to make the CWRU community a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity


The office supports the university's mission by providing strategic leadership in the development of policies, procedures and programs that will help foster diversity, inclusiveness and a welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and others. For updates on events hosted by OIDEO, visit their event page.


Robert L. Solomon, Esq.

Events and Programs

OIDEO hosts multiple educational programs and sessions throughout the year, including the mandatory faculty and staff training program, Diversity 360. In addition, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in multiple events during the year. 

Diversity 360

Diversity 360 is a campus-wide diversity education program for students, faculty and staff with the goal to advance the campus community’s efforts to be a welcoming, inclusive environment for learning, leading, and innovation.

Sustained Dialogue

Sustained Dialogue brings together individuals from various backgrounds to discuss campus, local and national issues of concern, including diversity and inclusion matters.

Interrupting Unconscious Bias 

Interrupting Unconscious Bias training is required for all committee members participating on faculty and staff search committees and explores barriers within the search process that prevent the fair evaluation of underrepresented candidates.

Power of Diversity Lecture Series

The Power of Diversity Lecture Series inspires campus dialogue, community engagement and civic education and learning about the national narrative on diversity and inclusion. The annual series includes two distinguished guest speakers from the national or international scene and four scholars from our own faculty.

Train the Champion

Introduced in 2011, Train the Champion is designed to help faculty and staff learn how to be leaders in creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment on campus.

OIDEO offers multiple educational sessions throughout the year based on current events and important topics. This year, they’ve hosted Conversations on Race: Turning Pain into Purpose, A Promised Hope for Honoring Racial Justice, Debate in CWRU's Community: Tools to Communicate in Politically Charged Interactions and many more. To stay up to date with their current events and sessions, sign up for their newsletter.

Office of Multicultural Affairs


The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) works to develop an inclusive CWRU community, one that supports all students, respects and celebrates their identities and facilitates their success.


Naomi Sigg

Events and Programs

Unity Banquet

The annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Dinner celebrates the academic accomplishments of underrepresented students and graduating seniors at Case Western Reserve University. The evening also serves as an opportunity to recognize future students and CWRU community partners.

Sustained Dialogue

The mission of the Sustained Dialogue program is to engage members of the CWRU community in dialogues that cultivate strong, trusting relationships and foster respect for each individual and their ability to contribute to positive change. This program is a collaborative between the Division of Student Affairs and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Multicultural Kickbacks

A monthly gathering of undergraduate student organization leaders in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sears 450. Check out their calendar on CampusGroups to see when the next one will be!

Cultural Dinners

The Office of Multicultural Affairs facilitates regular cultural dinners to celebrate foods from around the world. Check out OMA's calendar on CampusGroups for the most current schedule.

Other Diversity/Inclusion Events

International Education Week

International Education Week is a national celebration of the benefits of international education and global exchange. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education is an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Each year, Case Western Reserve University honors Martin Luther King, Jr.—the holiday, the man and the legacy—with a weeklong celebration that includes a range of activities including workshops, films, panel discussions and acclaimed speakers.

Social Justice Institute


The Social Justice Institute examines the root causes of social injustice and develops innovative solutions by supporting creative research, scholarship, and pedagogy; social justice leaders on and off campus; and relationships within the university and into the community.


Ayesha Bell Hardaway and Mark Chupp

Events and Programs

Academic programs

Discover the academic programs offered by the university including a minor in Social Justice and other course offerings.

Social Justice Scholars

SJI invites undergraduate freshman, sophomores, and juniors to apply to the Social Justice Scholars (SJS) study group, which will focus on immigration reform.

Social Justice Graduate Collective

The Social Justice Graduate Collective is a new project to support the development of a social community of graduate and professional students from schools and departments across campus who want to radically reorient the world toward justice.

SJI-Supported Student Groups

Many student groups on the CWRU campus have a broad social justice focus, whether through their constituencies, the issues around which they have organized, or the community groups that they serve. To help realize the Social Justice Institute’s Strategic Vision goal of increased student engagement, we have designated eligible student organizations as SJI-Supported Student Groups. 

SJI Exhibits for Residence Halls

Since Fall 2019, the Social Justice Institute has collaborated with the Department of Residence Life to produce a series of educational posters to be displayed in residence halls. 

Collective Action Towards Social Justice

Collective Action Towards Social Justice is a social justice organizing collective of social work students, staff, and faculty at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.