Apply for Train the Champion program by Dec. 28

Train the Champion Class of 2015
The 2015 Train the Champion class at the Nov. 17 graduation ceremony. Also in the photo, front row, far right is Janetta M. Hammock, Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity program manager and Randell McShepard, guest speaker for the graduation ceremony, president of The Union Club and vice president of public affairs for RPM International Inc. Far right, second row is Marilyn S. Mobley, vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Applications for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity’s 2016 Train the Champion program will be accepted through Dec. 28.

Train the Champion is designed to help Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and administrators become leaders in creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment.

The program begins in January and concludes in November with a graduation ceremony. Program participants meet monthly during 90-minute lunchtime sessions to explore various aspects of diversity.

Session topics include race; religion; generational differences; the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; disability issues; and others.

Since it launched in 2011, former participants have given the program high praise, describing it as valuable and transformative.

“Train the Champion has been a wonderful experience that I am using to continuously challenge myself and others around me,” said Class of 2015 graduate Richard Pazol, associate director of University Counseling Services.

The breadth of the workshops also added to its strength, said Class of 2014 graduate Sarah S. Andrews, senior instructor and director of social work in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Each year, about 25 individuals are selected to participate in the program. All CWRU faculty, administrators and staff are strongly encouraged to apply.

The program application is available online at and must be completed by Dec. 28.

For more information about the program, contact Janetta Hammock, diversity program manager, at