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A VOICE FOR INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS

Cynthia Connolly, Development Director, Policy Matters Ohio

Cynthia shared two of the biggest issues facing indigenous peoples – accurate representation and invisibility – largely stemming from a lack of education. She talked about the issues inherent in and resulting from the Indian Relocation Act, including cultural genocide, racism, and the wealth gap, and discussed some of the ways they are working to offset those issues. She also shared some of the recent efforts centered around the census and the pandemic and COVID vaccination.

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Recorded 05/19/2021

INNOVATION IN LAKEFRONT DEVELOPMENT

Ali Lukacsy-Love (CBB 2017), Director of Planning & Development, City of Euclid

Ali shared The City of Euclid’s innovative approach to lakefront development that tackles public access and erosion issues for private property owners at the same time. Their unique public-private partnership is helping address high water and erosion issues for land owners while creating accessible and usable lakefront amenities for other residents.

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Recorded 05/12/2021

BROADWAY RISING: TRANSFORMING SLAVIC VILLAGE

Earl Pike (LC 2009), Executive Director, University Settlement Inc.

Scott Villani (CLI 2011), Chief Strategy Officer, The NRP Group LLC

Kanika Williams, Slavic Village resident,

Earl and Scott discussed the Broadway Rising project and their considerations for the community as they were designing it. They shared how the partnership between University Settlement and The NRP Group came to be, and why The NRP Group is invested in the project. Kanika talked about the challenges Slavic Village residents face, how University Settlement is helping them, and how the Broadway Rising project will boost the community. The also shared tips on collaboration based on what’s worked well throughout this project and their long-term visions for the Slavic Village neighborhood.

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Recorded 05/05/2021

2021 ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS

Karen Long (LC 2020), Manager, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Cleveland Foundation

Karen shared the history of the Awards and gave a brief synopsis of each book in the Class of 2021. She shared the criteria, and the nomination and selection process, as well as some of the trends they’ve seen over the years.

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Recorded 04/28/2021

WOMEN IN PUBLIC OFFICE

Phyllis Cleveland (LC 2011), Councilwoman, Ward 5, City of Cleveland

Jasmin Santana, Councilwoman, Ward 14, City of Cleveland

Jenny Spencer (CBB 2011), Councilwoman, Ward 15, City of Cleveland

Phyllis, Jasmin, and Jenny shared their personal experiences as members of the Cleveland City Council, their goals, and their vision for the City. They discussed some of the challenges and surprises, and shared tips for anyone interested in pursuing public office.

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Recorded 04/21/2021

“NOT GOING QUIETLY”: A CONVERSATION WITH THE FILMMAKERS

Nicholas Bruckman, Director,

Amanda Roddy, Producer,

Patrick Shepherd (LC 2020, CBB 2003), Associate Director, Cleveland International Film Festival

Nicholas and Amanda shared how the film came to be, the experience of filming, and how the deep integration they had into Ady’s life and family led to an extremely strong storytelling experience. They also shared how they hope the film will encourage and inspire others to learn more about health care reform and to be engaged and taking action for all causes that matter to them.

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Recorded 04/15/2021