Racial Equity & Inclusion

Growing Racial Equity in Northeast Ohio: Continued Awareness & Action

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Frequently Asked Questions

Groundwater and Phase 1 Workshops presented by the Racial Equity Institute

Since January 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has led a citywide effort to build an inclusive, interdisciplinary coalition of civic stakeholders, community development practitioners, and grassroots leaders committed to advancing Racial Equity & Inclusion. Throughout the Year of Awareness Building, more than 2,500 concerned citizens from across the region have participated in either the half-day Groundwater Training, or the two-day Phase I Workshop presented by the Racial Equity Institute. These intensive introductions to historical, institutional and systemic racism challenge deeply-held assumptions, and reveal—with sobering clarity—the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality on our nation’s most marginalized populations.

Feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive; and all indications suggest that this paradigm shift has begun to gain traction. However, the Year of Awareness Building was simply a starting point for our continued efforts to embed Racial Equity & Inclusion as a central organizing principle of a holistic approach to community development.  To truly accomplish our vision for Cleveland’s neighborhoods, we must ensure that all residents—especially historically disadvantaged members of the community—feel connected to the fabric of their neighborhoods; have equal access to opportunities; and are meaningfully engaged in the decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Yet there are no quick fixes for racial inequity. Changing the course of history will take time, persistence, creativity, and courage. Furthermore, we understand that this work must be pursued on multiple levels at once—both personally and professionally; institutionally and system-wide. As we uncover and/or create new opportunities to turn Awareness into Action, we will leverage the momentum achieved in 2017, to broaden and strengthen our coalition. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that the Racial Equity Institute will once again facilitate monthly Groundwater Training and Racial Equity Phase I Workshop sessions in 2018.

Through our continued efforts to deepen our understanding of our history, the outcomes of unequal systems, and the language needed to describe with specificity how systemic racism impacts every facet of American life (including our work), we move one step closer to creating a more equitable society.
For more information or questions, please email REI@clevelandnp.org 


2017 by the Numbers is a visual analysis of data collected throughout our Year of Awareness; illustrating the tremendous momentum we—as a community— were able to generate surrounding this conversation of race and equity in America.
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2018 Training Schedule 
22nd – 23rd (Phase 1)
24th (Groundwater)

February 13th – Groundwater (private session)
15th-16th – Phase 1 (private session)
26th-27th (Phase 1)
28th (Groundwater)

1st -2nd (Phase 1)
12th (GroundWater)

4th – 5th (Phase 1)
6th (Groundwater)

1st – 2nd (Phase 1)
3rd (Groundwater)

11th – 12th (Phase 1)
13th (Groundwater)

11th (Groundwater)
12th – 13th (Phase 1)
July 31st – Groundwater (private session)

August 1st-2nd – phase 1 (private session)
6th (Groundwater)
7th-8th (Phase 1)

Latinx Challenges 10th – 11th
17th (Groundwater)
18th – 19th (Phase 1)

October 1st-2nd – Phase 1 (private session)
October 3rd – Groundwater (private session)
29th-30th (Phase 1)

5th – 6th (Phase 1)
7th (Groundwater)
Latinx Challenges 16th – 17th

3rd – 4th (Phase 1)
5th (Groundwater)

Year of Awareness Building ’18 – December & January Recap

In December and January, more than 200 concerned citizens participated in the half-day…


2017 by the Numbers – 2017 Year of Awareness Recap

2017 by the Numbers is a visual analysis of data collected throughout our Year…


Year of Awareness Building – November Recap

In November, more than 260 concerned citizens participated in the  half-day Groundwater…


Year of Awareness Building – September & October Recap

In September & October, more than 210 concerned citizens participated in the…


Year of Awareness Building – August Recap

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Year of Awareness Building – June & July Recap

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Year of Awareness Building – May Recap

This year, more than 400 Cleveland residents, civic leaders, and community development…


Year of Awareness Building – April Recap

This month, more than 125 concerned citizens participated in the half-day Groundwater…


Year of Awareness Building – March Recap

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Q: I’d like to come to a Phase 1 session but I can’t attend both days
A: You must commit to the entire training. If you already registered, please tell us, we’ll rebook you for a later date!

Q: I’m registered but I can’t attend anymore
A: No worries, send us an email at rei@clevelandnp.org, we can get you a refund or reschedule your ticket!

Q: Can I get a discount if I buy several tickets?
A: Yes. If you buy 10 tickets or more you will get a 15% discount. Please contact rei@clevelandnp.org to get a group invoice.

Q: I would like to register for a training session but my organization won’t pay for it and I can’t afford it, are there Scholarships available?
A: Scholarships are available, please send an email to rei@clevelandnp.org to learn more.

Q: I would like to organize a private session for my organization, how much would it cost?
A: Please follow this link to learn more about private sessions and pricing.

Q: I can’t find my ticket, what should I do?
A: You don’t need to print your ticket, we’ll have your name on a list!
If you want to take a look at the dates, please check that you received a confirmation email from Eventbrite (including in your Spam) or go to CNP’s website.

Q: I put my name on your waitlist, what does that mean exactly?

1) You are now part of this specific event’s waitlist system. If a sufficient number of attendees cancel their participation you will receive an email from Eventbrite to register. You will have 48h to register, otherwise these tickets will go to the next person on the waiting list.
2. You are also part of our “aggregate” waiting list, that includes the names from each event-specific waitlist. We use this waiting list to send priority registration links as soon as new sessions are added. Priority Registration will be done on a first-come first-served basis, which means that even if you’ve been on the waiting list since June, you will have to be faster than people who joined the waitlist in September if you want to get a ticket!

Q: I was part of a waiting list but I found a way to register for another session, could you stop sending me priority registration links?
A: Sure, please send us an email to let us know!

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Q: What does it mean to attend as an observer?
A: After going through the training you may feel like you need more time to process the information, which is why you are welcome to attend at no cost as many times as you want as an observer! For phase 1, being an observer means that you won’t take part in the group activities, but you can listen to the training and observe how others interact!

Q: I’ve already attended a training, where do I register as an observer?
A: Attending as an observer is free once you’ve attended a training, please register using the discount we sent you after you first attended a training.

Q: The training details on CNP’s calendar are different from the ones I see on Eventbrite, whoshould I trust?
A: Eventbrite pages are updated more frequently than CNP’s website, but feel free to send us an email to let us know that we forgot to update our website!

Q: What’s the agenda of the Groundwater / Phase 1 training?A: Phase 1 (example of Phase I session)
1st Day
8:30am – 9am registration and breakfast 9:00am – Training begins
12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Break-out groups 3:00pm – 5:00pm Training
2nd Day
8:30am – 9am registration and breakfast 9:00am – Training begins
10:30am – Documentary
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm -4:00pm – Training
4:00pm -5:00pm – Check out

Groundwater (example of a morning 4-hour session)
8:30am-9am: Registration and snacks
9am-11am: Powerpoint Presentation / Dialogue 11am-11:15am:Break
11:15am-12:00am: Powerpoint Presentation/Dialogue 12:00am-1:00pm: Questions, answers, discussion