The CWRU Department of Physical Education & Athletics invites all members of the community - student-athletes, coaches, staff, parents, alumni, fans, and any other interested party - to participate in the University's Day of Dialogue on Wednesday, June 10. With multiple sessions and discussion spaces, participants can focus on topics central to the national conversation—as well as subjects involving the university itself. The day's final event is a panel where university leaders discuss key themes and questions that have emerged during the day. For more information on the Day of Dialogue, to see the schedule for the day, and to register for sessions, go to https://thedaily.case.edu/day-of-dialogue-offers-opportunities-to-listen-learn-and-inspire-action/.
A Statement from the CWRU Department of Physical Education & Athletics
Members of the Case Western Reserve University Department of Physical Education and Athletics have experienced a range of emotions over the last week—from sadness to anger to grief and beyond. And while we hope our silence on Tuesday spoke volumes, today we wanted to come together with one voice to express our feelings.
We have traditionally viewed our motto—CWRU: Compete, Win, Respect, Unite—through the lens of athletics. However, it is clear in this moment, more than ever before, that we need to apply this to the ongoing struggle for social justice in our community as well. We need to make every effort to compete against and win over the pernicious racism that continues to underlie American society. We need to continue to develop and reinforce our deep, foundational respect for people of all races, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. And we must unite together to confront and change the unequal treatment and institutional racism that is still prevalent today. This challenge can only be met when we come together, united against racism.
This moment is not about a nine-minute act of violence or a week of protests, but rather 400 years of systematic oppression. As CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Ben Vinson III said in their statement earlier in the week: "We cannot—should not—ever try to wipe away the past. We need to know it. Own it. And commit to forging a better future."
We as a department are committed to forging this better future, in line with the university's mission. We are committed to supporting and serving as allies to our black student-athletes and other members of our community, especially people of color, in the current moment, and anyone who feels oppressed in the future. And, most importantly, we are committed to diversity, inclusion and equity for all.