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Our mission reflects the needs of our students, our neighborhood, our city, and our civic and business communities, as well as our academic strengths. With that as our focus, I believe Cleveland State’s impact on this community will be profound. —President Ronald M. Berkman addressing the City Club of Cleveland

CSU has been recognized for excellence in CIVIC ENGAGEMENT,

WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT and INCLUSION & MULTICULTURAL ENGAGEMENT through numerous national and regional awards, including:

Received national Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching. Received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service Winner of the 2014 Association of Public LandGrant Universities/Urban Serving University Innovation Pitch Challenge for “Career Pathways Orientation” Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Commission on Economic Inclusion ”Best in Class” and “Hall of Fame” designations Received 2014 and 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity

Cleveland State University (CSU) is the city’s university. We are strengthened by its vitality, which provides our students and faculty with rich opportunities for Engaged Learning. CSU is uniquely positioned to contribute to the social, cultural and economic capacity of Northeast Ohio. The Division of University Engagement facilitates efforts to connect our diverse students and faculty to one another and to the communities around us through three interrelated functions: Civic Engagement, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and Workplace Engagement. In doing so, we prepare our students for life-long success and contribute to the region’s well-being.

INCLUSION & MULTICULTURAL ENGAGEMENT Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement reflects Cleveland State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, developing awareness and acceptance of diversity practices, and generating access for underrepresented populations.


Workplace Engagement supports the reciprocal relationship among CSU’s students, faculty and employers from the private, non-profit and public sectors to ensure student career success and the region’s economic stability.


Civic Engagement links students and faculty to community partners throughout Northeast Ohio to leverage our talented students and faculty, as well as institutional assets and expertise.

“If students are to embark upon a lifetime of success, they must be actively engaged citizens in democratic life; they must be prepared to contribute to and benefit from an evolving, knowledge-based workforce; and they must effectively navigate an increasingly diverse, urban, global society.” —Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement and Chief University Officer at Cleveland State University 1

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT “This program has, without a doubt, been the most worthwhile group I have been involved with in my college career. Through my assignment with the City of Cleveland, I have learned about all areas of the city in a way that I never could without this opportunity.”

The Office of Civic Engagement drives CSU to authentically partner with its neighbors. This office works to connect students and faculty to opportunities within the community that support their learning and research while also providing a benefit to the community.

– Katie Lamar, Deckard Civic Fellow

The Deckard Civic Fellowship gives students handson civic leadership experience through year-long appointments in city and county offices. Viking Corps gives CSU students significant work experience at various Cleveland-area non-profits where they can work directly to improve their communities while serving vital community agencies. Civic Engagement Grants recognize faculty and student leaders whose projects are interdisciplinary, promote citizen participation and authority, allow for student research, and ultimately benefit the entire region.

“Campus District, Inc. and the neighborhood we serve are continually elevated through our partnership with Cleveland State University. The neighborhood uniquely benefits from CSU’s commitment to engaging its students in the surrounding community. Expertise has been provided from students at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, which benefits people across the economic spectrum, from MBA students on market analysis for the Campus District’s Newly Renovated Main Street and from aspiring doctors from NEOMED on community health for our most vulnerable residents.” – Bobbi Reichtell, Executive Director, Campus District, Inc.

The Cleveland Engagement Project is an online portal that showcases CSU’s commitment to community engagement through profiles of partnerships between Cleveland State and community partners.

NEOMED Partnership for Urban Health enables students pursuing degrees in the health professions to learn while immersed in Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods. Central Neighborhood Alliance seeks to create respectful, reciprocal relationships between CSU faculty and students and Central residents, community-based organizations, and other institutions anchored in the neighborhood that lead to the community’s resurgence.

Engaged Learning Certification will allow students to be recognized for their engagement experiences through electronic badges and notification in their transcripts. The Public Sphere Pedagogy is a teaching tool that faculty from all disciplines can use to incorporate a public exchange of ideas on local issues into any course.


Featured Innovation: CSU Five C Framework for Community Engagement


Level of Reciprocity

Faculty, students and staff are involved in a variety of valuable civic engagement activities at Cleveland State. Each civic engagement partnership is associated with one of these five categories:


One-time volunteer or service experiences performed to assist a community partner.


Consultative agreement between university experts and a community client, sometimes provided for a fee.


Internships, co-ops, field placements, practicums and professional experiences where tasks are generally pre-defined.


Short-term partnerships focused on a single project outcome, often with the university in the lead role.


Long-term endeavors that have systemic impact. Partners share responsibility and authority.

Featured Innovation: Inclusive Excellence

INCLUSION AND MULTICULTURAL ENGAGEMENT Diversity and inclusion are among the most distinguishing qualities of Cleveland State University. The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement works collaboratively across the University’s campus to support strategies that advance diversity, to enhance programming and activities that build and nurture a broadly diverse campus community, and to support the social and academic success of the University’s diverse student population. President’s Council on Diversity The Vice President of University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer chairs the President’s Council on Diversity, a council made up of senior administrators, faculty and students appointed by the President. The President’s Council on Diversity advises the Chief Diversity Officer regarding all aspects of diversity applicable to the work of the University. Deans’ Diversity Councils are assemblages of faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders that design, implement, and monitor strategies addressing diversity challenges and opportunities across campus.

At CSU, “Inclusive Excellence” means a commitment to creating a campus environment that not only recognizes, appreciates, and values the talents, abilities, experiences, and perspectives of every member of the CSU community, but also uses those characteristics to achieve educational and organizational objectives while producing a robust, creative environment. The commitment to Inclusive Excellence is reflected in the “Cleveland State University Diversity Plan: Pursuing Inclusive Excellence,” which was ratified by the CSU Board of Trustees in September 2016. Written by the President’s Council on Diversity, the plan reinforces how inclusion and diversity enhance the University’s performance in eight strategic areas: 1

Enhance Undergraduate Education 2

Enrich Graduate Education and Research 3

Pursue and Enhance Programs of Distinction 4

Promote Engaged Learning 5

Maintain a Steady Budget Model 6

Stabilize Revenue through Increasing Enrollments “The President’s Council on Diversity Council promotes organizational change and helps provide focus to infusing diversity and inclusive excellence across campus. It also provides an ideal opportunity for me and other council members to enhance our knowledge in the areas of leadership.” – Stacey Monroe, CSU Department of Human Resources


Create Leadership Development Opportunities 8

Improve the Physical Environment of the Campus


Curating Kisumu is a collaboration featured on the Office of Civic Engagement’s Cleveland Engagement Project website. The projects allows CSU students, under the guidance of Professor Dr. Mark Souther, to work with students at Maseno University in Kenya to increase the amount of digital content available about the history of locations in Kisumu.

Mosiac House on 12 is a unique multipurpose space – located on the 12th floor of Rhodes Tower - that enables students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds in learning to navigate a diverse global society.

INCLUSION AND MULTICULTURAL ENGAGEMENT CONTINUED Student Navigators are a unique group of student leaders trained intensively to help their peers succeed, helping them access various resources to support their academic achievement and personal growth.

Mosaic House on 12 is the physical space in which the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement is located. This space is open to the entire campus community, and is regularly used for studying and programming aimed at promoting student retention and building a support system for students.

The Sullivan-Deckard Scholars program offers a system of support that is customized and structured to meet the academic, social and financial needs of highly motivated youth who are aging out of foster care and decide to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Multicultural events each year provide an opportunity for the campus to celebrate CSU’s rich diversity and cultural contributions. These events include the Unity Graduation celebration, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Breakfast, Women’s Leadership Symposium, and the Latino Awards Luncheon.

“The key in a diverse community is working in collaboration but not in isolation. The President’s Diversity Council provided me such a forum on how to collaborate in dealing with certain issues in a collaborative mode despite our diversity.” – Mounir B. Ibrahim, Washkewicz College of Engineering Member of Diversity Council 4

Featured Innovation: Career Lines

Collaborating on their strengths in urban health, primary care medicine and inter-professional education Cleveland State and NEOMED strive to meet the changing healthcare needs within urban communities.

There is an increasing demand from students, employers, faculty, and the general public to link majors to occupations. A new tool, Career Lines, is a web portal that allows the user to navigate the connection between a student’s major and occupations based on their common association with a defined career pathway, or “Career Line.” By clicking on a major or an occupation or a Career Line, the user is able to move back and forth among these connections. By aligning CSU’s academic majors with Career Lines and occupational data, the tool matches learning outcomes gained in each major to knowledge descriptors. CAREER LINES TRANSITION Majors

Occupations Interpreters and Translators


WORKPLACE ENGAGEMENT The Division of University Engagement’s efforts in Workplace Engagement include developing tools and innovations that help faculty and students make sense of the space between higher education and the workplace, enabling students, faculty and employers to be better equipped to find one another. Careers Across the Curriculum is a project funded by The Cleveland Foundation’s Fenn Education Fund to assist faculty, through their curricula, to enable students to explore the intersections of their aspirations, knowledge, skills, and the demands of the market. Career Lines is a unique web-based tool that captures the knowledge in a major, translates it, and using information from the U.S. Department of Labor, assists students and faculty to connect that major to various career pathways and occupations. LINK Scholars strives to bring underrepresented students into high demand fields like accounting and engineering through scholarships, mentoring and internships.

Credit Counselors

Health Studies

Education, Training & Counseling School Teachers


Nonprofit Administration

Health Educators

“The Division of University Engagement wisely sought to encourage faculty to help students understand how the knowledge, skills, and values they were learning through their courses had currency in the workplace. In fact, through incorporating more reflection, experiential learning, and project-based assignments in academic courses, students discover what they love and are good at and discern more accurately how to use their talents not just to get a job but to shape the world they live in.” – Caryn McTighe Musil, Ph.D., Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives Association of American Colleges and Universities


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Learn more about the Division of University Engagement, its offices and the work we do at Cleveland State University