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Case Western Reserve University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone
(216) 368-2000
Email address
admission@case.edu
School Information
Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service and experiential learning. Located in the cultural hub of Cleveland, Ohio, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, business and management, medicine, nursing and applied social sciences.
General Information
Case Western Reserve offers extensive resources on its website advancing anti-racism and opposing white privilege. The Schubert Center for Child Studies and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences promote critical race theory and dismantling systems of oppression. The University’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity provides a training program to target racial bias and increase faculty diversity. Case Western Reserve’s President and Mandel School Dean have repeatedly voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement and specific police reform measures. There is no indication the University mandates critical race theory education.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In 2011, Case Western Reserve University's Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity established a new training program, "Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search Process." During the interactive session, faculty members discuss research on bias in faculty searches and examine key concepts. Additionally, they are taught best practices, such as continually recruiting prospective faculty members, forming a search committee with diverse individuals and promoting an inclusive community in the workplace, according to Tenille Kaus, manager of faculty diversity and development. “The university and we as faculty are striving to create a diverse environment, and the only way we can achieve that goal is to recruit faculty who come from diverse backgrounds,” said Daniel Ornt, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine.
  • The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity provides "Diversity Awareness Training" workshops and consultation services for students, faculty, and staff. Topics of interest are "unconscious bias, microagressions, deconstructing privlege, and building bridges across a divided America."
  • CWRU conducts a training program sponsored by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity designed to develop diversity champions to combat and mitigate everyday biases.
  • As part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work, CWRUs Mandel School is working towards eliminating racism by conducting numerous “anti-racism trainings, facilitated dialogues, presentations, and media summaries.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the Bachelors degree Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) requirements, every student at CWRU is required to complete courses in diversity.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On April 21, 2021, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences posted a letter to its students entitled, "Justice for George Floyd." The School's Dean, Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, wrote, "The Black Lives Matter movement last summer gave us hope, and that hope was renewed with the outcomes of the fall election." He added, "We are confronting the demons of racism within our own country, but the work of anti-racism has barely begun."
  • On April 19, 2021, Case Western Reserve University's Interim President, Scott Cowen, issued a letter to the university entitled, "With Jury Deliberations Soon to Begin in Minneapolis..." The Interim President voiced support for police reform laws, writing, "Some states—among them Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania—have enacted significant police reform laws; others, including Ohio, have bills pending. Cities and police departments have issued their own measures, among them bans on chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and tear gas. Our challenge now is to redouble our individual and institutional commitments to continue this critical work—and continue to engage and support one another throughout the process."
Program and Research Funding
  • "Seven (7), student-led committees were created which reported to an Executive Committee who will communicate updates to the President and the President’s cabinet. Each committee has provided a written proposal of recommendations which have been vetted by the Executive Committee and, ultimately, will be considered by the President and the President’s cabinet." These recommendations are asked to propose ways of examining the "policies, practices and initiatives necessary to achieve a true culture of respect on our campus."
Resources
  • The Schubert Center for Child Studies offers resources to "help youth advocate researchers begin the process of dismantling systems of racism in their areas of youth study." The list of articles, books, and definitions encourage researchers to "identify the influence of historical power structures (Past), consider their own role within the research community (Present) and develop strategies to challenge and disrupt oppressive systems in their research (Future)." The recommended list includes writings on white fragility, critical race theory, anti-racism, and anti-bias efforts.
  • The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences offers a comprehensive list of "Anti-Racism Resources." The introduction states, "As social workers, we work for peaceful yet progressive change. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the nation, we've put together a list of anti-racism resources as an attempt to provide general information and a starting point to learn about anti-oppression, inclusion and privilege. We hope the below articles, podcasts, videos, and action items provide you with the knowledge and resources to participate in key social justice issues." The guide offers hyperlinks to past events, articles, podcasts, and videos supporting anti-racism.
  • CWRU Social Justice Institute examines the “root causes of social injustice,” supports research and anti-racist pedagogy, and works to “eradicate all systems of oppression by redistribution and expanding resources and opportunities.”
Symbolic Actions
  • In January of 2022, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences stated that, “the United States is built on a legacy of racism and white supremacy that has consistently and significantly impacted the daily lives of millions of people. Today, racist policies, bias and discriminatory practices continue to promote racial inequality in myriad ways. Social work has provided considerable leadership in the civil rights and race equity movements, but has much more work to do, internal to the profession and for society as a whole. We propose to develop a model for eliminating racism by identifying evidence and practice-based interventions that will end racism and ameliorate the negative outcomes of our history of racism.”
  • CWRU’s Swetland Center works towards racial justice by using a “racial equity lens in its approach to research design.” They work towards “dismantling racist structures” and “seek to enact Research, Community Engagement, Training, and Education that heals historical scars and ongoing trauma of structural racism.”
  • On May 11, 2022, the Associate Dean of Diversity at the School of Law, Bryan Adamson, “discussed the role of critical race theory in law school classrooms.
Last updated July 27th, 2022
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