In the wake of this week’s election, we are aware that members of the campus community are feeling a range of complex emotions. Regardless of background, perspective, party affiliation or post-election views, we encourage everyone to be mindful of our university’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity.
Case Western Reserve values free inquiry and expression, and is equally committed to the principles that form the basis of a welcoming community. We seek to create a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, staff and alumni, and provide an environment where we can engage in constructive, meaningful conversations that enable us to learn from one another and deepen our mutual understanding.
As part of those efforts, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity will provide facilitated dialogues next week; Monday’s edition of The Daily will include details regarding their times, dates and places. Several other offices and centers already have offered students formal and informal opportunities for discussion, and those services will continue. In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact my office at 216.368.2532 if we can assist in any way. Finally, as noted in Thursday’s edition of The Daily, the university provides counseling options to all members of the university community. Faculty and staff can learn more about programs for them on the human resources website and can access services by calling 216.241.3273 or 1.800.521.3273. Information for students can be found on this website or by calling 216.368.5872.
More than anything, this message is a reminder that we are a community, we care, and we are here for one another. This week’s election creates a moment for Case Western Reserve to engage in dialogue and education in the best sense of both words.
Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD
Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity