From religious studies to dental medicine, community development to biomedical engineering, the fields represented by team members at Case Western Reserve's Social Justice Institute are united in their potential to transform society and promote equality.
The institute's holistic, systems-based approach both advances disciplinary work, and elevates the conversation by unveiling and connecting broader, underlying issues.
Learn more about these experts and their unique disciplines below:
Timothy Beal, PhD, is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences. His areas of expertise are biblical scholarship and social justice. He has published 10 books and many scholarly articles on the cultural history of the Bible, religion and popular culture, and the relationship between critical theory and academic religious studies.
Mark Chupp, PhD, teaches community development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. His work over the past 25 years has focused on community building and inter-group conflict transformation. Chupp is an international consultant and trainer in civic engagement, appreciative inquiry and conflict transformation, having worked in Northern Ireland, Egypt, Columbia, and throughout Central America and Mexico.
Janice Eatman-Williams, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, connects Case Western Reserve students to volunteer programs. She also teaches students about Cleveland heritage, especially that of the Glenville and Hough neighborhoods and heads up the Closing the Achievement Gap program, which brings high schoolers to campus twice a week for academic assistance.
John H. Flores
John H. Flores, PhD, is an assistant professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences. He specializes in Mexican American history, and his research interests include modern Mexico; the history of immigration and citizenship in the United States; multinational political and labor movements; and ethnic, racial and national identity formation. He is the first faculty member hired as part of the university-wide Social Justice Institute initiative.
Gladys Haddad, PhD, has been a professor of American studies College of Arts and Sciences since 1990. She is the founder and director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium and the broadcast series Regionally Speaking, which explore the history, culture and contemporary issues of northeastern Ohio.
Jessie Hill, JD, is a professor of law and the associate director of the School of Law's Center for Social Justice. Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship are constitutional law and civil rights law, with a particular emphasis on issues of reproductive justice and religious freedom.
Latisha James is the director of the university's Center for Community Partnerships. She is responsible for representing the Case Western Reserve to community, civic and business representatives and functioning as a liaison and catalyst to enhance university-community relations.
Mark Joseph, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and a member of the university's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His general research interests are urban poverty and community development, mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, and community-based school reform efforts focused on closing the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap.
James Lalumandier, MD, MPH, is chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, and a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Lalumandier initiated the Healthy Smiles Sealant program as part of first-year dental students' training. Each year, the program provides free dental services to more than 6,000 school children the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Marilyn Lotas, PhD, RN, is the associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. As a faculty member at the University of Texas, she established a neonatal practitioner program in an area that faces some of the most extreme poverty in the United States. At Case Western Resreve, Lotas has implemented a new model for teaching community health in which nursing students provide health screening, health teaching and related services in partnership with local schools.
Marilyn Sanders Mobley
Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD, is the university's inaugural vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity. Appointed in January 2009, Mobley leads the university's strategic initiatives in the area of inclusion and diversity, chairs the Diversity Leadership Council, and is responsible for assessing and coordinating diversity efforts for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.
Andrew Rollins is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and medicine. He is interested in the application of technology and engineering solutions to social justice problems. He advises student groups, including Engineers without Borders, and is an advocate for improving the health and standard of living in communities in the developing world.
To learn more about social justice initiatives at Case Western Reserve and how you can be involved, contact the Social Justice Institute at 216.368.2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.