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CLEVELAND’S WATERWAYS: ACCESS, ECONOMICS, AND INVESTMENTS
Will Friedman (LC 2012), President & CEO, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
The Port Authority is responsible for maintaining the port’s waterways and facilities, encouraging importers and exporters to use its facilities, and driving economic development through financial and real estate investments. Learn how they are working to advance their mission and increasing port usage and lake access.
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM: HOW IT WILL IMPROVE LIFE OUTCOMES
Dorivette Nolan, Director of Policy, Planning, and Housing Mobility, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)
Aleksandra Tyler, Mobility and Landlord Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)
Carla Haren (ALI 2021, CLI 2019, CBB 2016), Executive Administrative Officer/Board Liaison, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)
The ZIP code in which a child lives is highly predictive of their long-term outcomes in life across all facets of life (financial, mental and physical health, education, etc.). CMHA was one of nine public housing authorities across the nation that participated in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Mobility Demonstration giving families the opportunity to move to low-poverty neighborhoods (aka opportunity areas). Dorivette, Aleksandra, and Carla shared how the HCV program works, the trends and research that led to its creation, its goals and the target populations. They discussed how it removes many of the barriers many face in moving to opportunity areas.
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.
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.