Educational Electives

Civic Engagement Scholars attend two Scholars Educational Electives of their choice and submit a written reflection about what they learned from each elective through the Scholars Checklist. Electives do not have to be pre-approved by CCEL. Please refer to this webpage (below) regularly for samples of upcoming opportunities.

Scholars electives are programs or events that provide education around one or more of the following themes: Community Issue, Social Justice, or Cleveland. The two electives selected can both be within the same theme or from two different themes depending on Scholars' preferences. Each theme is described in more detail below.

Theme Description
Community Issue A program that educates you about an issue that affects our local, national, or international community. Examples of community issues include public education, healthcare, hunger, homelessness, immigration, public policy, etc.
Social Justice A program that helps you better understand your own identities or the identities of others. A program that helps you understand root causes of social injustice. Sustained Dialogue meetings, cultural events, Safe Zone trainings, and Social Justice Institute programs, are a few examples of electives that fit this theme.
Cleveland A program that helps you understand our local community or through which you explore Cleveland's assets. CWRUinCLE trips and independent visits to Cleveland's cultural institutions (such as the Art Museum, MOCA, Natural History Museum) can count as electives.

Fall 2019 Sample Electives:

Please note that the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning alerts students to a range of opportunities. The below posted opportunities are a sampling of options and do not constitute an endorsement by Case Western Reserve University or CCEL of a particular view, political issue, candidate, political campaign, or election.

September 2019

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
CWRUinCLE: Fresh Fest Cleveland (pre-register online)
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. off-campus (transportation provided by CCEL)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Green Bag Lunch Series: The Circular Economy Beneath Your Feet
Noon to 1 p.m. in TVUC, Senior Classroom

PRCHN Research Seminar: Predicting Childhood Obesity Risk in the Context of Adversity
Noon to 1:15 p.m. in BioEnterprise Building, Rm B03

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
What is the Right to Science?
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in TVUC First Floor Conference Room

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Unsettled Histories: Dub Poetry and Decolonization
3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in Guilford House Parlor

CWRUinCLE: Avenue of the Arts - Superior Art District (pre-register online)
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. off-campus (transportation provided by CCEL)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Constitution Day Forum: Battle for the Ballot Box
4 to 5:30 p.m. in CWRU School of Law, Moot Courtroom

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Reparations, or Another Attempt at Reconstruction
1 to 2 p.m. in Mather House, Rm 100

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Gestational Surrogacy and Hindu Bioethics: The Karma of Genetics and the Genetics of Karma
Noon to 1 p.m. in Biomedical Research Building, Rm TA200

Safe Zone Friend
5 to 7 p.m. in TVUC, Gaming Room

Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Training (pre-register online)
5 to 8 p.m. in Wolstein Research Building auditorium
Note: If you are using this event to satisfy your Returning Scholars Kick-Off requirement, you are unable to double count it as one of your two required Educational Electives.

Advocacy Education for Health Justice Workshop: Medicaid Expansion
6 to 8 p.m. in Thwing Center (room TBD)

An Evening with Marthe Cohn, a Jewish spy in Nazi Germany (pre-register online)
6:30 to 8 p.m. in Maltz Performing Arts Center

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony and Recipient Lecture by LeVar Burton (pre-register online)
6 p.m. in Maltz Performing Arts Center

Rx Racial Healing: A Path Toward Equitable Opportunity and Outcomes for All (pre-register online)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at moCa Cleveland

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Academic Symposium Featuring LeVar Burton and Distinguished Panelists (pre-register online)
12:45 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center

The Take: A Panel Discussion on Alternative Economics (and documentary screening)
6 to 8:30 p.m. in TVUC, Senior Classroom

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 OR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Sustained Dialogue Moderator Training
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Thwing Center, Room 101

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Teatime for Peace - Muslims in America
6:15 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Moving across Cultures: Writing between Russia and Cuba with Anna Lidia Vega Serova
4 p.m. in Clark 206

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
CLE Rising Summit: CWRU "Share Your Voice" Student Session
4 to 5:30 p.m. in Wade Commons, Red Cat Rm (pre-register online)

"Toxic: A Black Woman's Story" Film Premiere (racism, toxic stress, birth outcomes)
6 to 7:15 p.m. at Cleveland Natural History Museum

October 2019

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Immigration Issues and Central America
1 to 2 p.m. in Mandel School, Rm 336

2019 Rose Wohlgemuth Weisman Women's Voices Lecture: A Conversation with Joy Harjo
5 to 6 p.m. in TVUC, Ballroom B

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
Beyond Good Intentions: Designing Fulfilling and Impactful Careers in Global Health (pre-register online)
4 to 5 p.m. online webinar

U.S. Intervention in Venezuela & Colombia
6 to 8:30 p.m. in Clapp Hall, Rm 108

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
How the Personal Becomes the Political: A Conversation with Dreamer & Advocate Elias Rosenfeld
12:45 to 2 p.m. in TVUC, Flora Stone Mater Center for Women

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Campus & Community Play Date
1 to 4 p.m. on East Bell Commons (11610 East Blvd, Cleveland 44106)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump (author talk)
4:30 p.m. in CWRU School of Law, Moot Courtroom

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
Columbus Day Legacy - Indigenous Peoples' Day
6:30 to 8 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Rm A13

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
Graduate Work-in-Progress -- Birthing Nature: Why One Childbirth Drug Was Natural and Another Was Not
Noon to 1 p.m. in Clark Hall, Rm 206

Power of Diversity Lecture Series: Sonia Manzano (pre-register online)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Mandel Community Studies Center, Rm 115

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Think Forum: Manoush Zomorodi (pre-register online)
6 p.m. in Maltz Performing Arts Center

Advocacy Education for Health Justice Workshop: Reproductive justice and abortion access
6 to 8 p.m. in Thwing Center (room TBD)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Faculty Work-in-Progress -- Bodies of the Nation: U.S. Disaster Identification in the Early Cold War
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Rm 206

Native Cleveland Talking Circle
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Guilford House Parlor

November 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Diversity 360 Lunch & Learn: Latinx Discussions with Dr. John Flores
12:30 to 2 p.m. in TVUC, Senior Classroom

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Faculty Work-in-Progress - Domestic Horrors in the Age of Revolution: Acid Throwing in Leonora Sansay's Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Rm 206

Think Forum: David Henry Hwang (pre-register online)
6 p.m. in Maltz Performing Arts Center

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Advocacy Education for Health Justice Workshop: Public health, addition and Tobacco 21
6 to 8 p.m. in Thwing Center (room TBD)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Graduate Work-in-Progress -- A Natural Improvement: Wetlands and Commodification in the Nineteenth Century America
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Rm 206

Spring 2020 Sample Electives:

March 2020

Wednesday, March 4
Think Forum: Jaron Lanier (pre-register online)
6 p.m. in Maltz Performing Arts Center

April 2020

Thursday, April 9
Think Forum: Dacher Keltner (pre-register online)
6 p.m. in Maltz Performing Arts Center