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President Eric W. Kaler, Provost Ben Vinson III share Juneteenth message

To Our Case Western Reserve University Community, 

On this Juneteenth holiday weekend, we encourage you to reflect on our country’s past and, importantly, join the effort to ensure an equitable and just future for everyone.

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President Eric W. Kaler

Because if we want a future with better outcomes, better opportunities and a better world, then each of us can and must do better. 

We must use our voices and our votes to change the policies—and the people—that perpetuate systemic racism, disparities and social injustice. 

Change occurs when someone or something is made different.  

Let’s make it different and make a difference. 

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Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III

Each of us can start by educating ourselves.

The university’s Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity maintains this list of recommended reading. You can sign up for Diversity 360 training or other workshops and programs to learn more. And you can join one of the university’s campus organizations or a national group (for students and faculty and staff) that advance diversity and advocate for minorities and marginalized groups.

As an institution of higher learning, we know that knowledge is power—expand and use yours to enact positive change.  

For too long, we’ve said there is still much work to do. Today, we declare that together, we are doing the work that will change the future for the better.


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