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July 31, 2018

Faculty involvement in the community - 1968

Many reflections and commemorations have been taking place this year as it is 50 years since the events of 1968. Here is a look back at how faculty members at CWRU were involved in several community related activities in 1968.

Faculty Families Needed to Tutor in Hough - reads a heading in the 5/3/1968 Faculty Announcements.
“Faculty and their families are needed to tutor children in the Hough area for this spring and summer. The Cleveland Tutorial Project has a waiting list of over 300 elementary to high school age students who have asked for tutors. The tutor is matched with one tutee; the tutor selects the age level and subjects in which he would like to tutor. The actual tutoring takes place in a church or recreation center near the tutee’s home one night a week.

“Age is no real barrier - a professor can tutor as well as his 13-year-old son. CTP would like to encourage more faculty families to participate. As a chemistry professor whose entire family has become involved in the project comments, ‘The rewards are presumably the same for tutors of all ages. For us parents, who are teachers anyhow, there is the luxury of devoting full attention to a single student, and in marshaling all our resourcefulness to deal with the unfolding responses...’”

The Poor People’s Campaign - the midwest caravan was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland Saturday, 5/11/1968 on its trip to Washington, D.C. Faculty and students were sought to volunteer to help the week of 5/13. “The response of those faculty offering to house the members of the march has been excellent.” Volunteers also donated food, performed office work and served as guides.

Cleveland: Now! - from 5/24 to 8/9, faculty, staff, and students contributed $12,900 to the Cleveland: NOW! campaign. As reported in the 5/24/1968 Faculty Announcements, “Although the University has long had a policy of soliciting employees for only one fund drive, United Appeal, each year, President Morse has endorsed the Cleveland: NOW! appeal and is asking members of the faculty and staff to support the fund drive.

Salaried employees were asked to give one day’s pay and hourly employees were being asked to give one hour’s pay. “The future of the University and the future of the city of Cleveland are closely linked. The Cleveland: Now! campaign is the first major step in getting Cleveland rolling.” On Tuesday, 8/6, Provost Alan R. Moritz presented Mayor Carl B. Stokes with a check for $12,900.

Upward Bound Program (a pre-college program for low-income and potential first-generation college students) - faculty members met informally with small groups of Upward Bound students to share information regarding their particular areas of specialization. Faculty members could also work with Upward Bound summer teachers in organizing learning experiences.

In January 1968 President Morse announced the creation of the University Urban Affairs Committee. The functions of the committee were: to review proposals seeking interdepartmental cooperation on problems of teaching, research, or service programs related to urban affairs; to act as clearinghouse of information about all academic projects within the university pertaining to urban affairs; to initiate and develop within the university interdepartmental research, service or educational activities appropriate to University’s increasing role in the urban field. The committee’s duties were refined throughout the course of the year. Louis A. Toepfer, then dean of the Law School, became chair in August and was also temporary director of the newly formed Office of Community Affairs.

As reported in Faculty Announcements, President Morse stated, “It is a fact of life that urban universities can only realize their goals and ambitions as educational institutions if the urban areas in which they are located can solve the agonizing social and economic problems they face. Urban universities have an obligation to their communities to contribute to creative solutions to these problems.”

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