To the Case Western Reserve Community:
This Thursday, Sept. 17, we come together once again for dialogue and discussion. Our university has been challenged and inspired by the demands for equity and justice on campus, in the Cleveland community and across the country. Students, staff, faculty and alumni have shared their experiences and concerns related to campus and beyond, and we are committed to addressing those issues—and, most importantly, taking action.
We invite you to continue the conversation with us tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. Incoming Interim President Scott Cowen will open the Day of Dialogue, and Vice President Lou Stark, Vice President Robert Solomon and Office for Multicultural Affairs Director Naomi Sigg will share the work of the For a Better CWRU Student-Led Task Force. During an open dialogue session at 11 a.m., attendees will have a chance to respond and share concerns about racism, equity and action on campus.
At 1 p.m., students are invited to meet residents of the surrounding Cleveland neighborhoods and discuss community-building efforts. All are then welcome for the final session at 3 p.m., which addresses the tremendous pressures, pain and stress that individuals involved in advocacy and activism work (whether formally or through grassroots online or in-person campaigns) are facing; members of the university’s health and wellness teams will discuss the mental health resources available, and together we’ll experience an interactive “mental health break,” an opportunity to creatively connect and find a moment of peace.
Full details about each session, as well as registration instructions, can be found in The Daily.
The efforts to bring equity, inclusion and justice to our campus and our community are critical today and will be a central concern for us in the weeks, months and years ahead. We cannot do this work without each of you. Please join us tomorrow.
Sustained Dialogue of CWRU Co-Chairs
Program Manager, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity
Associate Director of Multicultural Leadership & Programming, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Director of First-Year Experience and Family Programs