Mandel Council for Student Leadership

Who We Are

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Our mission is to promote and preserve the educational, professional and social interests of the students of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. We value leadership as an essential component of effective social work practice and strive to provide opportunities for leadership development on campus and in the community. As a representative and governing body of the students, we seek to ensure progressive relationships with the students, administration, faculty and​ ​staff of The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Case Western Reserve University.

Mandel Council is composed of four directors (Executive Director, Director of Programming, Director of Communications and Director of Finance) and five student representatives (Master of Nonprofit Organization, MSW Intensive Weekend, MSW Online, MSW Advanced Standing, MSW International Student). 

What We Do

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The Mandel Council exists as the governing student organization to promote the interests of the student body, cultivate community, and strengthen relationships between the student body, faculty, staff and administration at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Mandel Council’s recent projects include: 

  • “Gap Week” - a week filled with social events between orientation and CHAI encouraging students to connect with each other and explore Cleveland
  • Community Night: Mandel Community idea generation session
  • Trivia Night
  • End of Semester Potluck Dinner with LINK
  • Lunch & Learns - panel discussions based on student requested topics
  • Graduation Celebrations

Request Funding

Did you know Mandel Council has funding for student events? To request funding, applicants must submit a budget request thirty days prior to the event date. Learn more by reaching out to the Mandel Council’s Director of Finance or submit a request and a Mandel Council member will be in touch.

Request Funding

Get Involved

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All current Mandel Students are eligible to run for Mandel Council roles. Elections are held in Spring of each year and students must be available to serve on Mandel Council for an entire academic year following their election. 

Mandel Council isn’t the only way to get involved in student leadership as a Mandel student. Students looking to get involved in leadership during their first year may consider participating in one of the following groups:

Starting a Student Group

Any member of the Mandel Student Community can form a caucus and found a student organization. In order to be recognized by the Mandel Council and eligible for Mandel Council funding, the student organization must appoint two (2) student leaders and submit to Mandel Council the Student Group Verification Form. Please reach out to Mandel Council for the most up to date information on this process.

Contact Us

To contact Mandel Council, please email