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RACE AND HISTORIC HOUSING INEQUALITY IN CLEVELAND

Dr. Todd M. Michney, Assistant Professor, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Redlining, a form of discriminatory denial of service based on race (largely focused on Black populations), has had devastating impacts across our country. Dr. Michney, author of  Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 discussed the history of redlining, its cascading effects over the years, and the resulting inequities in our communities today.

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Recorded 07/07/2021

A HISTORY OF THE ROLE OF RACE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY

Dr. John Grabowski, Kreiger-Mueller Joint Professor in History | Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Case Western Reserve University | Western Reserve Historical Society

Dr. Grabowski discussed immigration policies and laws, and constitutional rights of immigrants from the inception of the United States through today. He discussed how they are shaped by individual beliefs and biases across time and how that shaped our country as we know it now.

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Recorded 06/30/2021

BLACK AMERICANS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO: 200+ YEARS OF HISTORY

Dr. Regennia N. Williams, Distinguished Scholar of African American History and Culture | Founder & Executive Director, Western Reserve Historical Society | The RASHAD Center, Inc.

Dr. Williams discussed the work of key individuals, institutions, and organizations from the city’s founding in 1796 through 2021.

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Recorded 06/23/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE: ADDRESSING THE DISPARITIES

Keisha Krumm, Executive Director/Lead Organizer, Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC)

Vaccinations for Black populations in Cleveland are far behind those for white populations. According to an article by The Land highlighting GCC’s work to increase the percentage of Black individuals receiving the vaccine, roughly 45% of white residents had received a first shot by April 19. In that same time frame, less than half of that percentage (21%) of Black residents had received their first dose. Keisha shared how GCC is turning the tide on those numbers by breaking down misconceptions and barriers to access, while leveraging the Black community’s strong ties to, and trust in, their faith communities.

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Recorded 06/16/2021

HIGHER EDUCATION: THE ROAD TRAVELED + THE ROAD AHEAD

Harlan Sands, President, Cleveland State University

Harlan talked about the early days of the pandemic at CSU and how they viewed it as an opportunity to grow. He also discussed the new partnerships, co-ops and guaranteed internship programs CSU is committed to as a means to attract and retain young talent in Cleveland.

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Recorded 06/09/2021

PRIDE IN THE CLE: WHY IT MATTERS FOR EVERYONE

Phyllis “Seven” Harris (LC2 2020, LC 2019), Executive Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Seven shared the origins of Pride Month, how it has evolved, and how it is a movement as much as a celebration. She shared the plans for the 2021 Pride in CLE, why it is equals parts visibility, resistance, advocacy, and celebration, and their hope to broaden the event’s message and reach through a partnership with WKYC.

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Recorded 06/02/2021