Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

In June of 2020, we, in partnership with five other organizations, issued a Collective Commitment to Cleveland through which we pledged to promote equity and inclusion and end the pain and suffering caused by racism in our community. We continue to work to fulfill that pledge, providing new offerings, and working internally to advance our own organization.

The relentless pursuit of progress

We remain dedicated to our commitment to create a more equitable community for all. Over the year, we created new offerings, collaborated with others, and invested in our own development.

In Summer 2020, we hosted a special Civic Leadership Institute cohort centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion across topics such as housing, transportation, and environmental justice.

In Fall 2020, we launched a new offering, Co-Creating an Equitable Future, in partnership with Erica Merritt of Equius Group and Adele DiMarco of Yinovate. Across the two cohorts of the program, we engaged 99 participants in a deep learning journey into the history of racism, how it shaped our community, and how we can address it personally, interpersonally, institutionally, and systemically.

The Look Up To Cleveland Class of 2021 collaborated with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and his team as part of their focus on racism as a public health crisis. The students gathered data from young adults on the topic to help inform County policy and presented their findings to County leaders.

We hosted a special, three-part Black history series of the Leader Lunch Break that covered racism and immigration policy, housing inequality, and the history of Black Americans in Cleveland.

We formed a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DEI&CE) Committee of our Board of Trustees to guide and evaluate our efforts to broaden and deepen our programs, foster DEI&CE with the Board and the organization, and identify opportunities to advance DEI&CE in the community.

Two staff members, Jody Bonhard and Rachel Ciomcia, became certified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®) Qualified Administrators and have begun facilitating IDI® assessments and trainings to build intercultural competence to advance diversity and inclusion goals within organizations. 

Every month, we publish a short, digestible list of five new anti-racism resources on our website and across social media to help our audience better understanding racism and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. View past lists.

In the coming year and beyond, we will look for ways to expand and deepen our efforts, and engage our alumni and community partners, to stamp out racism and make our community a more equitable place for all.

– Our Mission –

To build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community’s excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement.