June 2020 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff
Anti-Racism Statement
from the Center for International Affairs
   The Center for International Affairs unequivocally condemns all forms of racism—individual, structural, and systemic—as a humanitarian crisis that we have failed to acknowledge for far too long. We condemn police brutality, the killing of Black and Brown people, and the injustices that Black and Brown people face. We support the current civil rights movement in the United States known as the Black Lives Matter movement, and we commit to further anti-racist work on an individual, departmental, and institutional level. Read more here.

Welcome Here Wednesday 
Shares Important Message to CWRU Community

   Welcome Here Wednesday is a new effort from the Center for International Affairs to spread an ongoing and important message of welcome to the Case Western Reserve University community. 
   As the COVID-19 pandemic created unique challenges for our international students, the Center put out a call across campus for video clips to help renew the #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU message and was overwhelmed by the response. The new #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU video features heartfelt words of support and encouragement for international students, and the Center hopes it will reassure them that they are valued by their university family.
   And as challenges continue, the Center wants the messages of welcome and unity to as well. Through #WelcomeHereWednesday, the Center will share individual clips gathered from faculty, staff and students for the #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU video on its Facebook and Twitter pages every week to keep the campaign going and highlight its strong support from every corner of campus.
  The Center invites anyone who did not submit a clip for the video to participate in this new effort by emailing a short #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU message (recorded horizontally on a smart phone or via Zoom) to And everyone is encouraged to visit the Center's social media pages each Wednesday to experience the uplifting impact of these positive messages. 
CWRU-Uganda Partnership's COVID-19 Effort Featured in Nature
Case Western Reserve's partnership in Uganda caught the attention of the Nature research journal as the more than three-decade long collaboration is now working to address COVID-19. The article shares how Dr. Henry Boom, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine in Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine reached out to his Ugandan colleague, Dr. Moses Joloba, chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology in the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, and a Case Western Reserve alumnus, to help increase Uganda's ability to test for the virus.

Virtual Overview of
Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is accepting applications to conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2021-2022 academic year until September 15, 2020. A representative from the program typically visits Case Western Reserve University in person every Spring to provide an overview for interested faculty and staff, but since that was unable to happen this year, webinars are now available online offer information about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program including the application process. Programs abroad are available for faculty and administrators that range from two months to a full year. You can access the series of past and upcoming webinars which feature specific destinations at the link below. 
          Get to Know the Center Staff 
   Kaitlyn Lionti is the Coordinator of Special Projects in the Center for International Affairs. This basically means she is involved in multiple aspects of the Center's operations from day-to-day activities to major events and initiatives. Her responsibilities include managing the Center's website and social media pages, writing and sending multiple newsletters (including this one), leading communication and programming efforts and providing support for the international rankings initiative. 
   She started working for the Center in April 2017, after spending more than 9 years as a television news reporter in Upstate New York. During her tenure as a journalist, Lionti covered various stories involving colleges and universities and became interested in higher education. Her last reporting job was in Buffalo, which is home to a large population of refugees from various countries, and she experienced the incredible impact these individuals and families had on their new home.
   Lionti saw the opportunity to work for the Center as an exciting convergence of her interests and a chance to share information about the importance of internationalization. "Storytelling will always be one of my passions and my role with the Center allows me to share how our international and study abroad students are becoming global citizens by exploring new places and cultures and gaining an appreciation for different points of view. I hope their experiences inspire others to do the same," said Lionti. 

   She encourages faculty and staff to contact her with ideas for social media posts or newsletter stories that showcase internationalization at CWRU. She can be reached at
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