October 22, 2009

Inaugural LGBT Alumni Reunion Emphasizes Case Western Reserve's Commitment to Diversity


Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2009 will feature alumni from different class years, schools and programs as they reminisce about the past, enjoy the present and gain insight into the future direction of Case Western Reserve University.

This year's Alumni Weekend will also mark the beginning of a new alumni gathering: The inaugural LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) Alumni Reunion.

"It is the first one in the history of the university and we are expanding the concept of 'reunion' to include alumni, faculty, staff, current students and the Case Western Reserve University community to participate," says Nicole Ingram, director of marketing and communications for University Alumni Relations.

The LGBT Alumni Reunion will consist of two events: A welcome reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, and brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24. Both gatherings will take place at Alumni House. President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack will be at the Friday reception, and Deputy Provost Lynn Singer will be a host for the Saturday brunch. Both events are an opportunity for attendees to reconnect with classmates and form new friendships.

In 2004, Case Western Reserve formed an ad hoc committee to help shape the campus environment as a welcoming community for all people including persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Committee members will be in attendance at both the reception and the brunch.

"As a Case graduate, an MSASS faculty and a member of the Case LGBTA Committee since its inception, I'm proud to be affiliated with a university so consistently striving to create a campus climate that celebrates all diversity," says Sarah S. Andrews, assistant dean for academic affairs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and co-chair of the Case LGBTA Committee.

In addition to the updated and inclusive language in university policies, an LGBTA Web site provides information on educational and social programs and resources for and about LGBTA persons. Read the President's Statement on LGBT Issues and Concerns.

Learn more about Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2009 events and activities.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 22, 2009 12:56 PM | News Topics: Alumni, Events, Faculty, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Staff, Students, features, news

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