February 5, 2016

Promoting Inclusiveness: A look at LGBT progress at Weatherhead

The following blog post is brought to you by Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience, which is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

This year has been an exciting one for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) progress at Weatherhead School of Management. As some of you may know, Case Western Reserve University has a long history of pro-active outreach and support for the LGBT community within our university and beyond. Starting in 1987, Case Western Reserve recognized the Lesbian and Gay Student Union. Contentious at the time, brave students, staff and faculty worked hard to overcome prejudice and discrimination. Quickly following the formation of this student group, the university formed a Prejudice Panel to examine the treatment of  and “prejudice toward students who are black, foreign, or homosexual on our campus.” In 1988, The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the addition of the term "sexual orientation" into the university's nondiscrimination clause. This was a major step forward and extremely progressive at the time; however, it is common knowledge that culture can take time to catch up with policy changes.

Case Western Reserve continued to make strides toward equality, inclusiveness and justice in the following decades. Still facing a good deal of homophobia and vitriolic stances, community members organized pink triangle chalkings around the campus to raise awareness and support of what was commonly known as Lesbian and Gay Pride or Queer Pride. Voices were raised from all sides of the debate. A cataloged archive of letters to the editor can be found here. Despite sometimes fiery resistance, change continued. The Observer ran articles about a lesbian faculty member’s wedding, the university funded and opened the LGBT center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other students of minority sexual orientation or gender expression, and Case Western Reserve began receiving awards for its many efforts. In 2006, The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students included Case Western Reserve as one of the guide's 100 best campuses for LGBT students. In 2009, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) honored Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Deputy Provost Lynn Singer with its Equality Award. The university continues to maintain a high rating on the Campus Pride Index, a full report of which can be read here.

Weatherhead has joined in the continuous effort to promote inclusiveness. We recently designated two single stall, locking restrooms as “all-gender restrooms.” These restrooms can be found on the floor of the Peter B. Lewis building, demarcated by new placards that make it clear each restroom is both handicap accessible and may be used by any person in our community, regardless of gender or gender expression. These restroom designations are part of a greater effort at the university to create resources for the Transgender community. Restrooms have historically been a difficult topic for those in transition or with non-conforming gender expression. By designating rooms as “all-gender” we hope to eliminate a sense that a student, staff or faculty may not “belong” there.

In addition to these facility changes, The Office of Student Experience also sponsored a panel of business professionals from the LGBT community, including faculty and alumni, to discuss career building and other issues facing students entering the workforce. Weatherhead will also be hosting a Safe Zone training Februrary 12 from 1-4 p.m. Each program may seem small on its own, but as they come together and add up, Weatherhead hopes to achieve more visibility on our campus community.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping to develop further programming at Weatherhead, contact Alexis Hayman, director of student experience, at alh18@case.edu for more information. Similarly, those interested in campus-wide programming should certainly reach out to the LGBT center at Case Western Reserve University at LGBT@case.edu.

January 29, 2016

Let's Talk Islam: Educating and Empowering Others

Jaclyn Agui is a candidate in the full-time MBA program at the Weatherhead School of Management. 

In the fall 2015 semester, Weatherhead’s e-marketing course participated in the P2P: Challenging Extremism initiative conducted by EdVenture Partners and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and its inter-agency partners. Our objective was to form a campaign that would counter current messaging, narratives and digital technologies being used by violent extremists in order to educate and empower others to take action.

We saw that the events of 9/11 and the continuous political strife in the Middle East have caused misconceptions in our society about the Muslim culture and religion, and to combat this we formed the Let’s Talk Islam campaign. Our goal was to facilitate dialogue and share stories of individual Muslim Americans. We strongly believe that through these actions we will spread knowledge about Muslim values, and positive contributions in the Muslim American community, ultimately educating Americans and calming fears.

We reached out to Muslims in the Cleveland area, and received a lot of support specifically from Muslims in the Case Western Reserve University community. We featured the participants through videos and blog articles in our media campaign, which included a Let’s Talk Islam website, Facebook page and Twitter page. Our media platforms allowed for a wider public audience to discuss and commence a digital dialogue. The online campaign prepared us for our “Break down the Walls of Prejudice” Event hosted at Weatherhead on December 2, 2015. The event focused around a symbolic wall of prejudices, represented by boxes with questions and answers about common Muslim misconceptions. Attendees read questions out loud, and once answered correctly, could knock down their box and symbolically rid themselves of the prejudice. There was also the opportunity to try Middle Eastern food and discuss face-to-face with our team about the overall campaign.

This experience was very fun and extremely rewarding. I too learned many new things about the Muslim culture and religion. Positive testimonials and discussions with other students demonstrated that our class made an impact on the Case Western Reserve community, and we have prospects for the campaign to continue and engage fellow students through the sharing of stories and education.

January 25, 2016

Weatherhead's Casino Night 2016

Every year Weatherhead’s spring semester is highlighted by an exciting night of gaming, dancing, prizes, networking and raising money for Weatherhead student scholarships at our annual Casino Night Benefit. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 20.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students gather in formal attire to enjoy an evening out on the town. This year’s event takes place at Cleveland's Historic Silver Grille! During the golden years of Cleveland's first big metropolitan growth, The Silver Grille was where the Who's Who could be found dining and socializing. As we experience Cleveland's vibrant downtown resurgence, we are pleased to host our event at this wonderful venue.

We don't play casino games for real money, so don't worry if you aren't a regular card shark! First & foremost Casino Night is all about having fun with the Weatherhead community. Guests use “play money” provided for them at the door as part of the night’s festivities. That money is redeemed for chips to play blackjack, roulette, poker and craps. At the end of the night, those chips are redeemed for raffle tickets that are then entered for prize packages featuring gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to sporting events, box seats to commencement & more!

Tickets for Casino Night are now on sale: Only $35 for students & $50 for alumni. You can purchase your Casino Night tickets here.

Last year’s event was held on a snowy evening in the beautiful lobby of the Marriott at Key Center in Downtown Cleveland. Check out a few of the pictures from the night below.

For more info on Casino Night 2016, the Silver Grille, and to purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/1OA51Is

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