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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

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.

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Recorded 05/26/2021

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