Case Western Reserve University is committed to making all students, faculty and staff feel welcome, which is especially important now that we are unable to all be together in person.
The #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU campaign echoes the university’s core values of inclusiveness and diversity and has been embraced by the CWRU community since the Center for International Affairs brought the national #YouAreWelcomeHere movement to campus in 2017.
This effort continues across campus as departments, student organizations and offices add their voices to the #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU message and show support for international students, who make up nearly 20 percent of CWRU’s student population and represent almost 90 different countries.
The latest #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU video shares heartfelt words of support and encouragement for international students after many returned home this spring to finish their courses remotely around the world, as many others remained on campus to finish the semester in an environment that was far from normal.
The movement against racial injustice has highlighted the fact that our international students are not the only students that need to know they are valued and welcomed in the CWRU community. The Center started a new initiative this summer called #WelcomeHereWednesday which invites CWRU faculty, staff and students to record #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU video clips that voice support for students who experience systemic racism and oppression in all of its forms. A new message is shared on the Center’s Facebook page every week to highlight the #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU campaign’s strong support from every corner of campus.
You can engage the #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU mantra by submitting a #WelcomeHereWednesday video message voicing support for your fellow students. By doing so, you can help ensure all members of the CWRU community, particularly those from historically marginalized communities, feel valued, feel that they belong and know they are welcome here.
The Center also offers a variety of ways to have cultural experiences at CWRU. There are three cultural events each year in honor of major holidays celebrated by many of our international students: Asian Mid-Autumn Festival, Lunar New Year and Holi. These free events offer an opportunity to experience other cultures through traditional food, music and fun activities. While we are not able to gather for large events this year, the Center is still making sure these important holidays can be celebrated by students on campus and around the world, starting with the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Thursday, Oct. 1!