Jane Daroff, a social worker with University Counseling Services, has touched the lives of many students since she joined Case Western Reserve in 1991.
Her efforts are being recognized with a 2010 President’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Daroff, along with two other employees, received the recognition during the Staff Service Awards. The event, held last week, also recognized employees with 10, 25 and 35 years of service with the university.
"Think beyond the possible truly describes how people here do their work," said Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder. She added that the event was a celebration honoring colleagues who have reached significant milestones. “Thank you for all that you do every day. We help each other, and that’s how we get things done.”
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Jane Daroff goes above and beyond to help students.
“Her personal warmth, skillful counseling efforts and dedication to the improvement of the lives of our students through individual counseling and social engagement has made a significant difference to them and to the supportive climate at the university,” said Jes Sellers, director of University Counseling Services, who nominated Daroff.
Daroff has been instrumental in the advancement of LGBT rights. She co-founded Cleveland’s PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter, and she currently co-chairs the university’s LGBTA Committee.
“I enjoy most the spirit of the people that I work with in counseling services and being able to help the students we work with move on in a better way with their lives,” said Daroff (SAS ’85). She added that she was especially grateful for the LGBT support the campus community has received from President Barbara R. Snyder and Deputy Provost Lynn Singer.
Daroff founded the Spouses and Partners of Medical Students group, serves on the Graduate Student Professional Education and Development Committee, and hosts events such as the annual LGBT Graduate and Professional School Student Pizza Party. She also demonstrates her ongoing commitment to civil rights by serving on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign, and she’s a member of the university’s Alumni Board.
“It’s very exciting to be recognized in such a lovely way for doing things that I feel passionate about.”
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