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Get involved: Campus activities and organizations offer opportunities for engagement

The beginning of the new semester and upcoming change in presidential leadership provide an opportunity for all members of the university community to consider opportunities to participate in events and organizations both on campus and across Northeast Ohio.

This month alone includes at least 10 events, including, not surprisingly, a handful related to the inauguration. But this list—which starts with singular events, then continues with ongoing activities, and finally organizations and other resources—extends well beyond politics to include service, religion, mutual support among and within various student groups, and more.

As lengthy as this list may be, we know chances are high that we’ve missed an activity or event or two. If you have more information for us to add, please email case-daily@case.edu with details.

Upcoming Events

Your Voice Matters: Non-Partisan Tools for Post-Election Action

Thursday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Gaming Room

While a highly charged campaign cycle and the impending inauguration of a new president can generate a flurry of opinion-sharing and emotional posts on social media, how can students go beyond the computer screen to take action on issues they care about? This non-partisan workshop aims to provide students with resources and opportunities for identifying specific issues they care about, staying involved and making their voices heard.

Learn more on OrgSync.

Case Democrats meeting

Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.
Thwing Center’s Bellflower Lounge

The Case Democrats will host their next meeting Thursday, Jan. 19. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Learn more about the organization.

Case College Republicans inauguration event

Jan. 19-20
Washington, D.C.

The Case College Republicans are planning a trip to the presidential inauguration Jan. 19–20.

Get more information about the trip on the OrgSync portal.

Inauguration Day Teach-In

Friday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
School of Law Moot Courtroom

The CWRU White Rose Group, an organization of faculty, staff and students, is hosting the Inauguration Day Teach-In. The event will cover such topics as lessons from past protest movements, political organizing, fake news and new media, legal responses, police brutality and police reform, immigration advocacy and activism, and reproductive rights.

Visit the CWRU White Rose Group Facebook page for more information.

Viewing and discussion on the presidential inauguration

Friday, Jan. 20, from noon to 2 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 248

The Flora Stone Center for Women invites the Case Western Reserve University community to watch and discuss the presidential inauguration.

Multicultural Kickback

Friday, Jan. 20, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Sears Building, Room 450

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the first Multicultural Kickback, where you’ll have an opportunity for reflection and dialogue. Lunch will be provided. Additional Multicultural Kickbacks during spring semester 2017 are on the following Fridays: Feb. 10, March 24 and April 12, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Spring Student Activity Fair

Friday, Jan. 20, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center

Student Activities and Leadership will sponsor the activities fair, which will feature more than 100 student organizations hosting information tables for students to learn how to get involved.

For more information, contact Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of Student Activities and Leadership, at crb3@case.edu or 216.368.2679.

“Break Out of the Bubble” pop-up information session

Friday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 165

Pop into the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) to learn about all the ways you can “break out of the bubble” and get involved in the community through CCEL programs and resources.

Learn more at students.case.edu/departments/civicengagement/servenow/54500.calx.

Women’s March on Cleveland

Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Public Square, Cleveland

Organized by CWRU graduate students Claudia Pasmatsiou and Laura Johnson, the event is the Cleveland installment of the national march happening in Washington, D.C. Attendees will meet in Public Square and march up Ontario Street, ending up at City Hall/Willard Park, and circling back to Public Square.

The march is an inclusive event, and everyone who supports women’s rights is welcome.

Visit the event Facebook page to learn more.

Save a Life, Give Blood

Monday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Wade Commons Wade Pioneer Room

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on campus. Approximately 900 pints of blood are needed daily to meet the needs of Northeast Ohio hospitals and medical institutions. Each pint of blood can save up to three lives. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment online, but walk-ins also are welcome.

Learn more at students.case.edu/departments/civicengagement/servenow/54498.calx.

Young Americans for Liberty meeting

Thursday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thwing Center’s Hart Crane Reading Room

Young Americans for Liberty will hold its first general body meeting of the spring semester.

Go to the group’s OrgSync portal for more information.

“Light the Campus” ceremony

Friday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library Oval

University Health & Counseling Services, Undergraduate Student Government and the National Alliance for Mental Illness will co-sponsor the inaugural “Light the Campus” ceremony. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to remember community members and loved ones who have died during the past year.

The ceremony will be followed by cocoa and cookies inside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Social Justice Teach-In

Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center

The Social Justice Teach-In is designed to inspire students and community members to be active and engaged citizens, to increase their understanding of social justice issues, and to enhance their leadership skills in areas such as service, advocacy and philanthropy.

Learn from a keynote speaker and a wide variety of workshop sessions. The teach-in is a collaboration among the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, Lambda Eta Mu, Alpha Phi Omega, the Social Justice Institute and the InterReligious Task Force on Central America.

Learn more about the teach-in at students.case.edu/community/events/teach/.

Register for the event.

Hindu Yuva service event

Thursday, Feb. 9
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Hindu Yuva will sponsor a service event at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Visit the organization’s OrgSync portal for more information.

Greek Women’s Values Summit

Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.

Cru will sponsor the inaugural Greek Women’s Values Summit to bring together Greek chapters to discuss their sorority values as well as individual, personal values that each woman holds and how she connects those back to growth within her chapter.

Find more information on the OrgSync portal.

Conservative Political Action Conference

Feb. 22-25
Oxon Mill, Maryland

The Case College Republicans will attend the Conservative Political Action Conference for politically active students. The conference includes activism and campaign management training.

Go to the OrgSync portal for more information.

Saturday of Service 

Saturday, April 1
Greater Cleveland

Select a volunteer project and make a difference with your Saturday. Projects take place at various nonprofit organizations in Cleveland throughout the day.

Register on the CCEL Service Days OrgSync portal; projects will be posted by mid-March.

Springfest free speech wall event

Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As part of Springfest, the Young Americans for Liberty will set up a free speech wall.

Learn more on the OrgSync portal.

Ongoing Events


During spring semester, ConnectCWRU, University Health & Counseling Services and the Kelvin Smith Library are sponsoring, “Breathe,” a mini interactive relaxation series for students. The series will be held at Kelvin Smith Library on Fridays from 1 to 1:30 p.m. from Jan. 27 to May 12.

For additional information, contact Patricia Sinclair at pxs97@case.edu or 216.369.3040 and Marel Corredor-Hyland at mxc277@case.edu or 216.369.2990.

Women of Color Series

Along with the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Flora Stone Center for Women invites the Case Western Reserve community to the Women of Color Series, which explores the empowerment of women and building inclusivity.

The series is dedicated to inclusion and advocacy of marginalized women who identify as women of color based on their race and/or ethnicity.

The series runs monthly from January through April from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in the Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 248. Lunch is provided.

For more information, contact Heather Clayton Terry at heatherclaytonterry@case.edu.

Public Affairs Discussion Group

A Case Western Reserve University tradition since 1989, the Friday Public Affairs Discussion Lunches are sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences to foster dialogue and debate on the leading public affairs issues of our time.

The group meets Fridays (when classes are in session during fall and spring semesters) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. usually in Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room. Check the fridaylunch.case.edu/ for exact room locations.

University Offices and Resources

Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL)

Through a variety of community service opportunities, CCEL promotes civic awareness and leadership. Students can engage with the campus and local communities by participating in one-time service events, semester- or year-long programs and educational trainings.

CCEL Serves

CCEL Serves is designed to offer CWRU students more than 15 weekly opportunities to get involved in community service throughout the semester. CCEL Serves student leaders accompany and provide transportation for volunteer groups each week to serve at local nonprofit sites. The program offers flexible opportunities at sites that do not require weekly participation and opportunities at sites that require a semester-long commitment.

Learn more and register for volunteer opportunities at students.case.edu/community/opportunities/serves/.

Alternative Breaks

CCEL hosts community service immersion programs that enable students to spend their spring break getting involved in service and learning about community issues beyond Cleveland. During the spring 2017 semester, CCEL will offer both domestic and international March and May Alternative Breaks focused on mass incarceration, refugees and immigrants, and unpacking international voluntourism.

The application deadline for all breaks is Feb. 1; however, spots will be filled on a rolling basis.

Visit students.case.edu/community/opportunities/breaks/ for additional information on registering and program sites.

Center for International Affairs

The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise and support to the university community. Events and programs hosted by the center cultivate a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.

For more information, visit case.edu/international.

International Student Services

International Student Services helps students with immigration matters, intercultural exchange opportunities, leadership resources and programs, and understanding the social and academic culture at Case Western Reserve University and in the United States.

Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

To learn more about the office, visit case.edu/international/international-student-services/ or contact Marielena Maggio, director of the Office of International Student Services, at marielena.maggio@case.edu or 216.368.2517.

Emergency protocol information for life-threatening emergencies, immigration-related emergencies, non-emergencies and campus resources can be found at case.edu/international/international-student-services/emergency-protocol.html.

For information on maintaining visa status, visit case.edu/international/international-student-services/visas/.

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women empowers all women and promotes gender equity and inclusion throughout the Case Western Reserve University community.

Learn more about the center at case.edu/centerforwomen/.

Interreligious Council (IRC)

The IRC includes the staff of the five campus ministries at Case Western Reserve. It sponsors programs and events throughout the year, including an interfaith dialogue series, panel discussions, Seder meals, Lenten services, spiritual retreats and community service projects, among others.

Visit students.case.edu/diversity/resources/irc/ to find more information about Chabad@CWRU, Hillel@CWRU, Muslim Student Association, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, Student Community at Covenant, United Protestant Campus Ministries and the coordinator of religious life.

LGBT Center

The LGBT Center is committed to serving the university’s diverse student, staff and faculty populations.

The LGBT Center organizes confidential, student-facilitated undergraduate conversation groups provide a space for students to talk with other students about topics of LGBTQA identity: the Asexual Conversation Group, Gender Resistance, Unite: Queer & Trans People of Color, Girls Like Girls, Guys Like Guys, Umbrella, and Out & Greek.

The group meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center, Room 179, except Unite, which meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Sears Building Library, Room 450).

The group meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Girls Like Girls: Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, and April 18
  • Gender Resistance: Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 3, 8, and 22; March 3, 8, 22 and 31; April 2, 5, 14 and 19
  • Out and Greek: Feb. 6 and 27; March 20; April 10
  • Unite: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 20
  • Umbrella: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28 and April 24

To learn more, visit case.edu/lgbt/resources/conversation-groups/ or the LGBT Center Facebook page.

Find out more about the center at case.edu/lgbt/.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs aims to serve the diverse needs of the university community and promote the mutual acceptance of all individuals.

Sustained Dialogue

Sustained Dialogue engages members of the Case Western Reserve University community through dialogues that cultivate strong, trusting relationships and foster respect for each individual and their ability to contribute to positive change. During spring 2017, semester-long groups will be moderated by trained students, ending with the Sustained Dialogue End-of-Year Symposium.

Get more information about the group and apply to participate at students.case.edu/diversity/groups/dialogue/.

Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative (UDC)

Committed to advancing diversity and inclusion at Case Western Reserve University, UDC serves as an advocating body for diversity groups, a platform for voicing students’ diversity concerns and a resource for organizations for diversity programming. UDC celebrates eight pillars of diversity: ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, age, gender identity, religion and race.

Learn more about the collaborative at udc.case.edu/.

Visit the OrgSync portal for more information and a schedule of events.

Other Multicultural Affairs Groups

Other groups include Voices: A Women of Color Collaborative, which facilitates informal mentoring opportunities; recognizes the intersection of race and gender; The Brotherhood, which provides support to men of African descent; and Allies, which encourages individuals to grow their cultural competence.

Student Activities and Leadership

Student Activities and Leadership provides a variety of programs, events and leadership opportunities.

Learn more about the department at students.case.edu/departments/activities/.

University Health and Counseling Services

University Health and Counseling Services’ mission is to advance the well-being, development and academic success of our student body through integrated medical, mental health and wellness services. Its interdisciplinary team includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, nurses, medical assistants and athletic trainers for varsity athletes.

Specialty services are offered for dermatology, allergies, psychiatry, psychometric testing, substance use and women’s health. Wellness and health promotion programs include stress management, vaccinations, healthy sleep and mindfulness.

For more information on University Health and Counseling Services, visit students.case.edu/departments/wellness/.