Statement on Executive Order on Immigration

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University was founded in 1915, to empower and care for the great waves of immigrants and refugees coming to Cleveland to escape poverty and persecution, eager to contribute to a community that embraced them. Our birthright is to work on behalf of all peoples and to fulfill our mission to build a more just world.

In denouncing the executive order on immigration, we:

Reaffirm our long-standing commitment to inclusion and non-discrimination, to the dignity and worth of all people, and to the values and ethics held dear by the social work, nonprofit, and academic professions.

Speak out when we see those values threatened. We encourage others to join us in solidarity with the chorus that champions for social, racial, and economic justice.

Embrace diversity and the immense value it brings to our communities. It is our great pride to be the Cleveland home for students, faculty and staff from all over the globe, without whom we could not teach, learn, research, and change the world for the better.

Stand with any individual or group targeted by this order. We vow to defend and advocate for the rights and human dignity of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, nativity, religion, gender, gender identity, ability, or sexual orientation.

We stand tall for social justice for all.

Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences

February 2, 2017