The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE PANDEMIC AND POPULATION SHIFTS
Stephan Whitaker, Policy Economist, Federal Reserve Bank
Stephen shared recent data regarding the population inflow and outflow of urban neighborhoods, both nationally and in Cleveland, over the past few years and highlighted specific trends occurring during the pandemic. He shared his views on what he foresees for Cleveland in the coming years and how Cleveland can capture a larger share of the increased permanent remote workforce.