2018 Annual Diversity Report presents diversity across campus

Grace Howard, News Editor

The 2018 Annual Diversity Report for Case Western Reserve University has been released. The report is released every year by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) and exhibits the university’s initiatives and representation across campus.


Some changes reflected in the report are the establishment of the CWRU Inclusion Transformation Fund, which provides funding for research, scholarship and other projects that work to further diversity and opportunity on campus and off. The first class of recipients included six projects and funding of roughly $22,000.


The report also celebrates the addition of a new minor, African and African-American studies, that was made available at CWRU in 2018. This minor includes studies on critical race theory, African and African-American diasporic history and other political and social aspects of black life.


The director of the new African and African-American Studies minor, Joy Bostic, Ph.D., was also a featured researcher and presenter at the Social Justice Research Lunch Series. The annual series includes presentations geared toward presenting scholarship and discussing its relations to social justice.


In addition to campus initiatives, the Annual Diversity Report includes statistics of diversity and representation across campus. Women made up 16 percent of the faculty of the School of Engineering in 2018, a five percent increase from the 2013-2014 report. Students of color made up 23 percent of all medical students in 2018 and 15.9 percent of the incoming class in the School of Medicine in 2017-2018.


The Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, a partnership between the CWRU College of Arts and Sciences and Cuyahoga Community College, boasted its first graduates with degrees in humanities in 2018. It represents a growing pathway for students of community colleges to pursue a bachelor’s degree at CWRU.


Marilyn Mobley, the vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, also announced that she would be stepping down from her position and returning to her position as faculty in the Department of English. Under her leadership, the OIDEO created the Diversity Leadership Council, was recognized by the national Sustained Dialogue Institute for CWRU’s program and established the Trailblazer Project; an initiative to celebrate the contributions of alumni of color. Although Mobley will be stepping down from her position, as she states in the report, she hopes to encourage the CWRU campus to make “inclusive excellence a reality at Case Western Reserve University.”


The 2018 Annual Diversity Report can be found in the OIDEO in Adelbert Hall and will soon be posted on the webpage for the OIDEO.