Racial Equity & Inclusion

Growing Equity in Northeast Ohio: 2017 Year of Awareness Building

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Groundwater and Phase 1 presented by Racial Equity Institute

Race has once again risen to the forefront of our national conversation. The outcome of a highly contentious Presidential Election that witnessed the collision of two radically different visions for our nation’s future, suggests to some that our society is hopelessly divided on the question of who belongs in America.

However, these incidents alone do not fully explain the tragedy of the current moment. In Cleveland, as in cities across the country, the inhabitants of high-poverty, racially segregated neighborhoods struggle to survive in the face of desperate circumstances—diminished resources and opportunities, underperforming schools, deteriorating physical environments, crime, and the constant threat of violence. The conditions in which they live all but predict the negative outcomes that characterize most low-income neighborhoods. Though the immediate future may seem bleak, the need for empathy, thoughtful discourse, and a commitment to justice, has rarely been more urgent.

Over the course of 2016, a dynamic cross-section of local civic leaders and community stakeholders attended half-day “Groundwater” and two-day Phase I trainings led by the Racial Equity Institute (Greensboro, NC). These intensive introductions to historical, institutional and systemic racism challenged deeply-held assumptions, and revealed—with sobering clarity—the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality on our nation’s most marginalized populations.

In January 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and engaged partners will embark on a learning journey to increase our shared understanding of racial inequality, to foster productive dialogue among community stakeholders and civic leaders, and to determine strategies.

For more information or questions, please contact Mordecai Cargill at MCargill@clevelandnp.org

2017 Year of Awareness REI training sessions 

January 19th-20th
February 6th – Half Day
February 7th-8th
March 6th – Half Day
March 7th-8th
April 5th – Half Day
April 6th– 7th
May 22nd – Half Day (Cuyahoga County Headquarters)
May 23rd-24th (Cleveland Public Library Historic Main Library)
June 21st – Half Day (Neighborhood Leadership Institute)
June 22nd-23rd (Neighborhood Leadership Institute)
July 24th – Half Day (Lorain County)
July 25th-26th (Lorain County)
August 28th – Half Day
August 29th – 30th
September 25th – 26th
September 27th – Half Day
October 18th – Half Day (Trumbull County)
October 19th – 20th (Trumbull County)
November 28th – 29th
November 29th – Half Day
December 13th – Half Day
December 14th-15th

Thank you to our sponsors:
The George Gund Foundation
The Fund for Our Economic Future
Saint Luke’s Foundation
The Raymond John Wean Foundation
Community Foundation Lorain County
Ideastream
Cleveland Public Library
JumpStart Inc.

REI Year of Awareness Building Resources

What we are readingWhat we are listening toWhat we are watchingWho is participating

as of January 1, 2017

  • Allegro – Real Estate Brokers & Advisors
  • Better Future Facilitators
  • Bike Cleveland
  • Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland
  • Breakthrough Charter Schools
  • Burten, Bell, Carr, Development Corporation
  • Campus District, Inc.
  • Case Western Reserve University – School of Medicine
  • Citizens Bank
  • The City Club of Cleveland
  • City of Shaker Heights
  • Cleveland Foundation
  • Cleveland Housing Network
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cleveland Transformation Alliance
  • Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
  • Coventry Land Company
  • Cudell Improvement, Inc
  • Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
  • Cuyahoga County Land Bank
  • Destination Cleveland
  • Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
  • Downtown Cleveland Alliance
  • East End Neighborhood House
  • ECDI
  • Famicos Foundation (Board of Trustees)
  • Fastsigns Downtown Cleveland
  • Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Flats Forward
  • First Year Cleveland
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership (Commission on Economic Inclusion)
  • Health Tech Corridor
  • Ideastream
  • John Carroll University
  • Jumpstart, Inc.
  • LAND Studio
  • Leadership Cleveland
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Metro West Community Development Organization
  • Pleasant Now Development Corporation
  • The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
  • Neighborhood Connections
  • New Growth Group
  • Nonprofit Org Doctor LLC
  • Northeast Shores Development Corporation
  • Ohio City, Inc.
  • Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
  • Philanthropy Ohio
  • PNC
  • The Raymond John Wean Foundation
  • Slavic Village Development Corporation
  • SVP Cleveland
  • Third Federal Foundation
  • Tremont West Development Corporation
  • United Way of Summit County
  • University Circle, Inc.
  • Trinity Cathedral
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • YWCA of Greater Cleveland