Inclusion Transformation Fund grant winners
Those pictured (L to R): Marilyn S. Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; Li Li, the Mary Ann Swetland Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and president of the Asian Faculty Association; J. Sebastian Garcia-Medina, a first-year master's student in the medical physiology program; Uriel Kim, an MD/PhD candidate; Cami Ross, coordinator of programming at the Center for International Affairs; Ivy Petsinger, a recent graduate in chemical engineering; Geneva Magsino, a rising fourth-year student majoring in international affairs; Lou Stark, vice president of student affairs. Not pictured: Liz Roccoforte, director of the LGBT Center). Photo credit: Georgio Sabino III.

First Inclusion Transformation Fund grants awarded to campus proposals

In response to feedback gained during the 2017 Listening Tour, President Barbara R. Snyder established the Inclusion Transformation Fund in February 2018. The fund is administered by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and is being piloted for the 2018-19 academic year. It supports research, scholarship and special projects dedicated to studying and/or advancing diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond.

Funding opportunities are available to faculty, staff, and students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, as well as to postdoctoral researchers and research associates.

“We are pleased that this fund encourages members of our campus community to participate in the work of creating a more inclusive campus culture,” said Marilyn S. Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity.

From a diverse group of strong proposals, projects from the following Case Western Reserve University community members were selected and honored at the 10th annual Diversity Awards Luncheon:

  • Li Li, School of Medicine
  • Cami Ross, Center for International Affairs
  • Elizabeth Roccoforte, LGBT Center
  • Geneva Magsino, undergraduate student, with co-PIs Ivy Petsinger, Akinola Akinbote and Hannah Clarke
  • Uriel Kim, graduate student, with co-PI Eric Chen
  • J. Sebastian Garcia-Medina, graduate student

The winning proposals come from different disciplines, but they each have a major component that advances or studies diversity and inclusion. Recipients will report on their progress and findings to the Diversity Leadership Council in spring 2019.

For more information about the project, contact Regina Gonzalez, director of diversity and strategic initiatives, at