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 email REI@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 (afternoon session @ CPL Main branch)
August 28th – Half Day  (evening session @ CPL Main branch)
August 28th – 29th (Tri-C Humanities Center)
September 25th – 26th
September 27th – Half Day
October 9th – Half Day (Steve Minter Conference Center)
October 18th – Half Day (Trumbull County)
October 19th – 20th (Trumbull County)
November 6th – 7th (CPL Training Lakeshore Facility)
November 13th
November 14th – 15th
November 28th – 29th (Tri-C metro)
November 29th – Half Day (Tri-C metro)
December 13th – Half Day (Mandel Center)
December 14th-15th (Mandel Center)

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
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
Applewood Centers, Inc
ArtPlace America
Bernie Moreno Companies
Better Future Facilitators
Big Brothers Big sisters Lorain County
Bike Cleveland
Birthing Beautiful Communities
Bliss and Partners LLC
Bober Markey Fedorovich
Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland
Breakthrough Charter Schools
Bright Ideas Press LLC
Burten, Bell, Carr Community Development, Inc
Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Campus District, Inc.
Care About Climate
Case Western Reserve University – School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University, Department of Bioethics
Center for Community Planning and Development
Citizens Bank
City of Cleveland
City of Pepper Pike, Buckley King
City of Shaker Heights
City of University Heights
City Year
Cleveland City Council
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Department of Public Health
Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland Housing Network
Cleveland Jewish Publication Company
Cleveland Leadership Center
Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Cleveland Office of Minority Health
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland State University
Cleveland Transformation Alliance
College Now Greater Cleveland
Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation
Commission on Economic Inclusion, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Cornell University
Coventry Land Company
Cudell Improvement, Inc.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga County Administration
Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Cuyahoga County Board of Health/HIP-Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga County Land Bank
Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry
Cuyahoga County Office of the Executive
Cuyahoga Land Bank
Deaconess Foundation
Destination Cleveland
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Dively Community Development
Dix & Eaton
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
East 73rd Street Community Club
East End Neighborhood House
Eastern Ohio Education Partnership
Education in Motion previously Enhancement Ministries, Inc.
Emerald Cities Collaborative – Cleveland Office
Enlightenment Consulting Group, LLC
Enterprise Community Partners
Environmental Heath Watch
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Famicos Foundation
Fastsigns Downtown Cleveland
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Federal Trade Commission
First Year Cleveland
FIT TechnologiesFlats Forward
Food Conscious
Forest CityFrantz Ward LLP
Friends of Breakthrough Schools
Fund for our Economic Future
GAR Foundation
Grants Plus
Gravitas Ventures
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Hawken School
Health-Tech Corridor
Hispanic Business Center
Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation and Historic Warehouse District Development
Janus Small Associates
John Carroll University
John Huntington Fund For Education
Jumpstart, Inc.
Lake Erie Ink
LAND Studio
Leadership Cleveland
Levin College, Cleveland State University
Lincoln Electric
Living Cities
Mahoning County Juvenile Court
Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network
March of Dimes
Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio
Meaden & Moore
Medical Mutual
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Metro West Community Development Organization
Midtown Cleveland, Inc.
MomsFirst Project
Pleasant NOW Development Corporation
Neighbor Up Network
Neighborhood Connections
Neighborhood Family Practice
Neighborhood Leadership Development Program
NEON Health Services, Inc.
New Growth Group
New Profit
Nonprofit Org Doctor LLC.
Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Northeast Shores Development Corporation
Notre Dame College
Oatey Co.
Ohio City, Inc.
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC)
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
Paychex Inc.
Philanthropy Ohio
Pleasant Now Development Corporation
Policy Matters Ohio
PolyOne Corp
Preterm Cleveland (Board)
Raymond John Wean Foundation
Robert N Brown, FAICP City Planning Consultant
Saint Ignatius High School
Saint Luke’s Foundation
Showing Up for Racial Justice NEO
Sisters of Charity Health System
Slavic Village Development Corporation
Clair Superior Development Corporation
SVP Cleveland
The Adcom Group
The Center for Community Solutions
The City Club of Cleveland
The George Gund Foundation
The Interlake Steamship Company
The Housing and Research Center
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
The McGregor Foundation
The MetroHealth System
The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The Private Bank
The Raymond John Wean Foundation
Things Remembered
Third Federal Foundation
Tremont West Development Corporation
Trinity Cathedral
Tucker Ellis LLP
Turner Construction Company
S. Coast Guard
Ulmer & Berne LLP
United Way of Summit County
University Circle Police
University Circle, Inc.
Upcycle Parts Shop
USDA Forest Service
Villa Angela St. Joseph High school
Visibility Marketing Inc
Walter Haverfield LLP
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Westfield Insurance
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
YWCA of Greater Cleveland
Zieleniec Consulting LLC