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Observing—and celebrating—Juneteenth

Campus closed Monday; Juneteenth cookout and inaugural Black Business Expo Tuesday

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President Eric W. Kaler

To Our Case Western Reserve University Community, 

On Monday, our campus will be closed to observe and, importantly, to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday.

We celebrate that on June 19, 1865, at long last, all enslaved Black people in our country became free Americans. We celebrate the basic human right to freedom and the hope in new beginnings. And as we celebrate, we are reminded that we must all continue to do and to be better.  

As individuals and together, we must take action and speak out so that “liberty and justice for all” is the reality and the shared experience of every single person in this country. 

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Provost Ben Vinson

Year round, the university’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Engagement offers a host of Diversity 360 training and other workshops and programs to expand your own learning. The office also maintains a list of recommended reading to educate our community on bias, racism and inclusion. Students, as well as faculty and staff can also join one of the university’s campus organizations that advance diversity and advocate for change. 

When we return to campus on Tuesday, we look forward to seeing you at our Juneteenth cookout celebration and Black Business Expo. In the meantime, we wish everyone a happy Juneteenth holiday.


Eric W. Kaler, President
Ben Vinson III, Provost and Executive Vice President