Diversity and Inclusion

Adrianne Crawford Fletcher
Adrianne M. Fletcher is the assistant dean of diversity and inclusion at the Mandel School.

At the Mandel School, our goals are to educate and empower our students to think beyond the possible, to gain a greater understanding of our community, and to develop new understandings of cultural, racial and social identities. We help students examine their own perceptions of diversity to become more culturally aware and prepared for their roles as social work and nonprofit professionals.

Building an inclusive learning environment is part of who we are.

We do this through a few key diversity initiatives:

  • A variety of lectures, colloquia and workshops on topics related to equality and social justice

  • Student-affiliated groups, such as Local International Konnections (LINK), the Mandel Allies and Black Student Association

  • Community service events that allow students, faculty and alumni to reach out to residents in ethnic neighborhoods off campus

  • Civic engagement opportunities with undergraduate students and campus community members

  • Study abroad trips that offer students a chance to blend with cultures while pursuing social action projects

A Diverse Campus

For seven straight years, Case Western Reserve University has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, among the oldest and largest diversity-focused publications in higher education. Case Western Reserve has received the national diversity award annually since HEED was established in 2012.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Francisca García-Cobián Richter Headshot

Research Assistant Professor Francisca García-Cobián Richter is known for fostering community at CWRU—especially through her work as an officer for the Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance, a group for Hispanic/Latino faculty and staff at the university.

During this year's Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place Wednesday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Oct. 15, Richter is most looking forward to María Hammack’s presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 12, about the history of the Underground Railroad to Mexico, a little-known history of solidarity shaped by Black and Latinx freedom fighters. Hammack will be introduced by Provost Ben Vinson III, a scholar of Latin American history.

Events such as these, which Richter has a hand in planning, remind her of the power of a common humanity. She believes that by connecting with the “other”—by working together, experiencing art together, and learning together through history and literature—we can fight for social justice. Juntos en 2021!

Learn more about Richter in the daily and view this year's Hispanic Heritage Month events.

Programming & Events


The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) provides Case Western Reserve with support and guidance and promotes equitable and fair treatment in employment, education and other aspects of campus life. They offer several programs throughout the year.

Sustained Dialogue

This fall, the Mandel School is coming together to promote understanding and to build relationships as staff and faculty via Sustained Dialogue. While we are from the same school, our faculty and staff largely work independently from one another to the point that people feel disconnected. Working in different content areas and across different buildings limits informal interaction. This has only been exacerbated by working remotely as a result of the pandemic.

We are looking forward to the creation of a Sustained Dialogue process to explore ways for faculty and staff to get to know one another better and offer mutual support for doing their jobs and contributing to the school.

Sustained Dialogue will be facilitated by Heather Burton and Matt Smith. The group will meet from 3:30–5 p.m. on the below dates via Zoom or in-person in Mandel Center 106.

  • November 10
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 8

Affinity Groups

Mandel School Diversity Liaison

Adrianne M. Fletcher
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor
Mandel School, Room 202
adrianne.fletcher@case.edu | 216.368.1877