For the second year in a row, Case Western Reserve University received the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Best in Class for Workforce Diversity award in the nonprofit sector. The commission is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Marilyn Mobley, the vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, accepted the award during the commission’s annual meeting, held May 8.

“Diversity is essential to the rich academic and social environment that Case Western Reserve University now enjoys,” said President Barbara R. Snyder. “We strive to build a culture of inclusion, creativity and respect to benefit all the members of our community.”

The award recognizes the university’s efforts in raising awareness about diversity issues, providing training opportunities and increasing opportunities for dialogue among faculty, students and staff. Examples of these efforts include faculty and staff mentoring initiatives, the Diversity Leadership Council, three diversity-related employee groups (President’s Advisory Council on Minorities, President’s Council on Women and Staff Advisory Council), the Train the Champion program and more.

“We know we have much work to do in the area of diversity and inclusion, and we will continue to address our challenges,” Mobley said. “At the same time, it’s wonderful to know that our neighboring institutions, businesses and organizations recognize the great strides we are making and were willing to attend a great public celebration of our ongoing progress.”

In addition, Case Western Reserve University trustee Dominic Ozanne of Ozanne Construction received an award for Best in Class for Workforce Diversity in the middle-market sector.