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ALI Common Ground conversations

June 14

The 2020 cohort of Advanced Leadership Institute: Inspired by the Legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes (ALI), in collaboration with the Cleveland Foundation’s Common Ground, will offer a special day of conversation.

These critical conversations center around ALI’s five focus areas: Education, Health, Housing, Public Safety, and Workforce. These topics are both timely and timeless and each is uniquely impacted by COVID-19 and informed by the inequities at the root of the current civic unrest. These topics were also the five pillars of Mayor Carl B. Stokes’ visionary platform 53 years ago when he was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of a major metropolitan city.

All conversations are free but you must register.

9:00 a.m.  |  Education  |  Education Bill of Rights: Article 1 — Technology
With the recent unprecedented increase in remote and virtual learning, our view of education has shifted and forced us to reconsider how technology impacts learning. How can technology add value to education and what should families expect in this new reality? Join us as we assess what is being done today and consider a technology foundation for all students, regardless of age, location, and interest.

Special guests include:

  • Dorothy Baunach (LC 1992), CEO, Digital C
  • Freddy Collier (LC 2018), Director of the City of Cleveland Planning Commission, City of Cleveland
  • Wanda Davis, Executive Director, Asbury Senior Community Computer Center
  • Shaletha Mitchell, Center Director for the Cleveland-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center, School of Nursing at Cleveland State University
  • Dr. Monyka Price (LC 2010), Chief of Education, City of Cleveland
  • Vicki Searles, Director of Conservation Education, Cleveland Metroparks, Zoo


11:00 a.m.  |  Public Safety  |  A Community Perspective on What It Means to Protect and Serve
What is your vision of a vibrant, supportive community? How do you serve your neighborhood? When do you feel like you are truly a part of the community? We are seeking to learn ways to uplift the community and to inspire our families and neighbors as we embrace and serve the spaces in which we live, work, worship, and play.

Special guests:

  • David Blunt, Director of Operations, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
  • Mark Silverberg, Mark Silverberg Photography and Collaboration, Neighborhood Connections


1:00 p.m.  |  Workforce  |  Choose your own adventure
Join us for a discussion of great local stories in which:

  • people have identified personal strengths and passions;
  • overcome obstacles;
  • built careers where they are vital, engaged and fulfilled.

We’ll conclude by sharing ideas about how we can enable an increasing number of similar success stories!

Special guests:

  • Marcus Harris, Assistant Manager, Young Adult Opportunities, Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • Daria Sheaf, MSN, RN, Program Coordinator, Aspire
  • Colleen Smith, Case Manager, Towards Employment


3:00 p.m.  |  Health  |  Your Health in a Virtual World
Taking control of your health in today’s world requires a digital device and an Internet connection. This forum discusses tele-health, devices, food for health, and the digital divide. How can health outcomes be improved in the rapidly growing digital world?

Special guest:

  • Dawn Glasco (ALI 2020, LookUp 1989), Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood


5:00 p.m.  |  Housing  |  The New Meaning of “Home”
Even as stay-at-home restrictions ease, distance learning and at-home work continue. The home environment now impacts education and health like never before. Yet, in Cuyahoga County, 25% of homes have no internet access, and lead poisoning rates still tower. Join this informative and action-oriented discussion on the changing face and importance of housing in the face of COVID-19.

Special guests:

  • Ricardo Léon, Executive Director, Metro West Community Development Corporation
  • Greg Zucca (CLI 2018), Director of Economic Development & Community Transformation, The MetroHealth System
  • Dr. James Misak, Medical Director of Institute for H.O.P.E., The MetroHealth System
  • Juan Galeano, Cleveland Foundation, Project Consultant for the 2020 Census



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