October 13–14, 2023
Welcome back, alumni!
Recognizing the Mandel School reunion classes of 1973, 1983, 1993, 1998 and 2013
Special Celebrations for 50th, 40th, 30th, 25th and 10th Reunions!
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Dean Dexter R. Voisin look forward to welcoming you back to campus!
Friday, Oct. 13
Alumni Awards & Reunion Celebration
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Dean Dexter Voisin for an update as we celebrate our milestone reunion classes and present the Alumni Awards. Geneva Johnson (SAS ’57) will also be recognized by the university as a CWRU Trailblazer with her own specially painted portrait to be unveiled during the event. Program begins at 6 p.m. Limited seating; also available via livestream. Complimentary parking and hors d'oeuvres provided.
Proudly announcing our 2023 Mandel School Alumni Association Award winners
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Elaine Nichols (SAS ’80)
Senior Curator of Culture in the Office of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Professional Achievement Award
Rachelle N. Milner (SAS ’00)
Executive Director, West Side Community House, Cleveland, OH
Nonprofit Leadership Award
Teresa Schleicher (MNO ’07)
Foundation Gift Officer, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland, OH
Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership Award
Megan Meister (SAS ’04)
Community Engagement Coordinator, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Cleveland, OH
Early Career Success Award
Indigo Bishop (CWR ’08, SAS ’12)
Program Officer, St. Luke’s Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Saturday, Oct. 14
Transformative Justice as Social Work Practice Seminar with Erin Upchurch (SAS ’09)
10 a.m. – noon
Mandel Center Room 108, or virtual
If needing CEU credits, note cost below, otherwise free to attend:
$10/non-Reunion Alumni needing CEUs; $20 non-Alumni needing CEUs; free CEUs for Reunion Classes
Enjoy a continental breakfast. Complimentary parking. 2 CE hours of Social Work Values and Ethics have been approved for this seminar.
Transformative justice (TJ) is a series of practices and philosophies focused on creating change in social systems. This framework seeks to transform the conditions that caused/allowed harm to occur through disrupting harm, engaging in repair; and ultimately working to reduce the impact and damage done by systems embedded within dominant culture. Utilizing the TJ framework, this program considers the practice environment as the focus for change at the intersection of micro and macro social work practices. Specific attention is given to assessing critical organizational areas, individual leadership roles, power structures, and designing interventions that support sustainable transformation. Note: Due to overlap in timing, you cannot attend this event if attending the MNO/CNM Panel Discussion and Networking event.
MNO/CNM Alumni Panel Discussion & Networking
10:30 a.m. – noon
Mandel Center Room 115, or virtual
Following a networking breakfast from 10:30 to 11 a.m., hear from featured speakers Hannah Griswold McFarland (MNO ’93), Ronald Stewart, PhD (MNO ’96), and Phyllis Harris (MNO ’05). Complimentary parking; limited seating available. Note: You cannot attend this event if attending the Transformative Justice as Social Work Practice Seminar.
Mandel School Carnival
Noon – 2 p.m.
Mandel School’s Noble Commons
$5/Adult Guest; Free for all alumni and children under 18
Come connect with alumni of the Mandel School while enjoying fun activities, food trucks and games with representatives from our nine renowned research centers. Complimentary parking; limited tickets available.
New This Year
The Reunion Classes of 1973, 1983, 1993, 1998 and 2013 will participate in the Reunion Class Challenge to support the Mandel School Annual Fund, which is critical to scholarships. The class that raises the most money will present a big check to Dean Voisin at the Mandel School Alumni Awards and Reunion Celebration event on Friday, Oct. 13th!
The Coffee House (Coffee and Pastries)
L’Albatros Brasserie and Bar (French/American Cuisine)
The Jolly Scholar (American)
Beyond Juice and Eatery
Michaelson and Morley (American)
Mia Bella Restaurant (Italian)
Maxi’s Bistro (Italian)
Indian Flame (Indian)
Falafel Cafe (Middle Eastern Cuisine)
Mitchell’s Ice Cream (Ice Cream)
Inn on Coventry (Breakfast)
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (German)
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Cleveland Botanical Gardens
- Cleveland Cultural Gardens
- Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
- International Women’s and Air and Space Museum
- Cleveland History Center
- Little Italy
- West Side Market