Youth Development

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

  • Cleveland, OH
  • www.diversitycenterneo.org

Mission Statement

The Diversity Center is a human relations organization that works to eliminate the polarizing effects of bias, bigotry, and racism that creates environments of fear, distrust, and hate. Our vision is to create strong and vibrant communities that promote high-quality education for all youth, a spirit of inclusion that champions individuals and their strengths, and a diverse and productive workforce to support economic development in Northeast Ohio.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. YouLEAD
  3. LeadDIVERSITY
  4. CreateYOU
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio directly services nine counties in Northeast Ohio including Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Portage, Lake, Erie, Geauga,Trumbull, and Ashtabula. Additionally, The Diversity Center is part of a national organization, The National Federation of Just Communities, which supports 25 like-minded organizations in the United States.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Peggy Zone Fisher

Keywords

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diversity,inclusion, cultural competency, 21st century skills, youth leadership, Northeast Ohio, Diversity Center, LGBT, NCCJ, Walk Rock & Run, Humanitarian Award Dinner, LeadDIVERSITY, education

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Also Known As

The Diversity Center

EIN

20-1966761

 Number

4293243044

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Diversity Center’s in-depth youth diversity program These programs are venues for the students to gain the skills and resources needed to become positive change agents for inclusion, while strengthening their proficiencies around schools’ core curriculum guidelines.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

LeadDIVERSITY: Each year, a group of 25-30 participants are selected to participate in a year-long curriculum that is designed to help them explore the concept of diversity leadership and to analyze its personal, corporate, and community impact. It's Your Move: The Diversity Center's youth diversity program, It's Your Move, provides middle and high school students and educators with an opportunity to frankly address issues of prejudice, stereotyping, cliques, inclusion, exclusion, discrimination, and peer pressure. ACT: This is the Diversity Center's second year to offer ACT, Action and Awareness for Change Teams. The Diversity Center is excited to offer this new program that will not only empower students with the skills and resources to serve as positive change agents for inclusion but strengthen their proficiencies around school's core curriculum guidelines. Healthcare Disparities: In partnership with Aetna, The Diversity Center has developed an effective and customizable cultural competency training program for healthcare professionals, to assist them in interacting effectively with our area's diverse populations. With the major funding from the Community West Foundation, the Diversity Center hosted a day-long seminar in May 2007 to train mental health employees in cultural competency. It is planning a spring Workshop series on cultural competency in healthcare, and has customizable curriculum available so that it can offer on-site cultural competency training targeted to any kind of health practitioners. Walk as One - Rock as One: Each year, NCCJ works in collaboration with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to create a community walk-a-thon for more than 3,000 people who celebrate diversity. Artists, entertainers and community sponsors provide great music, great food, and other family entertainment for the walkers. Save the Date: May 5, 2007

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Program 2

YouLEAD

The Diversity Center develops diversity-minded, 21st Century students, who are well equipped for post-secondary education and a variety of careers. YouLEAD is an essential compliment to core curriculum for developing necessary life skills of leadership, self-awareness, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, ethics, social responsibility, and personal accountability/work ethic. Additionally, students develop a “diversity lens,” which helps them gain appreciation for individual diversity and find deeper meaning in the, seemingly, ordinary. Students must be college-ready and world-ready in order to interact with people across the lines of race, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, or ability. YouLEAD provides students with the tools to develop necessary 21st Century valuable skills. As society has worked diligently to narrow the achievement gap, The Diversity Center has continued to focus on building the necessary 21st century skills in students. Studies show that these skills need to be taught alongside of common core curriculum to augment whole child learning. Critical thinking empowers students to assess the credibility, accuracy and value of information, analyze and evaluate it, make reasoned decisions, and take purposeful action. Additionally, communicating and collaborating with teams of people across cultural, geographic, and language boundaries, is a necessary skill for 21st century students.
YouLEAD is a high school site program in which students will engage with peers to raise awareness of diversity issues, build leadership skills, and create inclusive environments. Each session is designed for students to explore self-awareness, collaboration, and social responsibility through the lens of diversity leadership. YouLEAD is designed as an after school program, but can be modified for delivery during school hours, or for other students-serving organizations.
Core Values of YouLEAD

Leadership YouLEAD members explore…
• Conflict Management & Collaboration
• Personal Leadership Style
• Cognitive / Critical Thinking Skills
Equity YouLEAD members learn….
• Concepts of Social Justice
• The Impact of The ‘Isms’
• Intersections of Identity
Advocacy YouLEAD members lead….
• Anti-Bullying Campaigns
• Service Learning Projects
• Community Conversations
Diversity YouLEAD members are…
• Globally-Minded
• Creative Change Agents
• Diversity Leaders

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

LeadDIVERSITY

LeadDIVERSITY is an educational program for leaders within the professional community in Northern Ohio. It helps participants learn firsthand how complex issues such as education, criminal justice, and housing are interconnected with social issues such as race, gender and class. Each year, the group of participants focus on identifying the issues, learning through best practices, and applying those practices to a legacy project.

LeadDIVERSITY originally used the study of the Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnerships and Inclusion as a basis for developing its curriculum. This major community initiative was chaired by Sandy Cutler of Eaton Corporation and Alan Rosskamm formerly of Jo-Ann Stores. The Commission distributed a survey to 50+ major institutions within the Cleveland community and captures a broad picture of the “state of diversity” within Cuyahoga county corporations and institutions. The survey results served as a foundation for considering how race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomics, age, physical ability, and gender impact Northern Ohio as individuals, as organizations, and as a community.

LeadDIVERSITY is a year-long program comprised of 13 sessions over a nine month period. Presentations intersect with small group discussions focusing on questions of value and choice. They focus on individuals and institutions through the examination of both policy and practice. Class members deepen their understanding of Northeast Ohio’s diverse neighborhoods, the complexity of the economic and political infrastructure and current civic issues. At the same time, they learn to guide their corporate, civic, or educational organizations into new ways of thinking and acting, advancing respective organizational priorities in respect to diversity issues. Each individual emerges from the experience having constructed a personal action plan.
In addition to creating an individual action plan together, each group creates a Community Legacy Project. The Community Legacy Project is based on the concept of utilizing what they have learned and the connections made with community leaders to reach a wider audience. It might enhance an already existing event or stand on its own.

Category

Leadership Development Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$95,000.00

Program 4

CreateYOU

The Diversity Center recognizes the Fall Retreat and Spring Conferences as beneficial for assisting Northeast Ohio students and educators in creating school environments where all students are connected, respected and valued. CreateYOU is comprised of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s large audience experiential learning programs that include conferences, retreats, and camps. These programs complement student’s social emotional learning in the areas of self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills. Through these experiential programs, students are able to identify different aspects of diversity and concepts of social justice, while increasing empathy and respect for others’ identities.

Goals
 Students are empowered to become change agents and leaders by exposure to and knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
 Students engage in life changing conversations with their peers about stereotypes, race, gender identity/expression, socioeconomics, bullying, sexual orientation, world issues, and other aspects of diversity.
 Students gain confidence in their personal identities and experiences while developing empathy for life experiences different than their own.
Activities
 Large and small group discussions
 Performances and talk backs by professional community partners
 Teambuilding activities: Ropes course, icebreakers, group initiatives
 Reflective workshops
Objectives
Through large and small group discussions, teambuilding activities, and reflective workshops, led by The Diversity Center staff, peer facilitators, and community partners, students will…
 Practice effective problem solving, collaboration, and leadership.
 Identify instances of prejudice and examine biased behavior or beliefs.
 Build relationships with young people from different backgrounds.
 Shape conflict resolution, self-awareness, and relationship skills.
Outcomes
Students are placed in small core groups to allow them to co-create a safe space of exploration and vulnerability. When students are able to honestly share their experiences and build relationships with peers from different backgrounds, they are primed to effectively meet the remaining objectives. The opportunity to dialogue around diversity and inclusion topics provides the right space of challenge and support that students require to develop self and social awareness which “can result in improved behavioral choices and actions” (Mayhew, 2007, p.56). At the Retreat and Conferences, students expand their world view to incorporate diversity and social justice lenses. Students often report their moments of new awareness or a call for action in the debrief portion, after activities, during which they have been challenged to work in a diverse group, to process through instances of prejudice and bias in the world, or to discover new qualities of their leadership.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$125,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio directly services nine counties in Northeast Ohio including Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Portage, Lake, Erie, Geauga,Trumbull, and Ashtabula. Additionally, The Diversity Center is part of a national organization, The National Federation of Just Communities, which supports 25 like-minded organizations in the United States.

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Funding Needs

The Diversity Center seeks grants for diversity education in middle and high schools in Northeast Ohio.  Funds are also needed for The Diversity Center's Cultural Competence Seminars for Health Care providers.

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Financials

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DIVERSITY CENTER OF NORTHEAST OHIO
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Peggy Zone Fisher

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Diversity Center’s in-depth youth diversity program
These programs are venues for the students to gain the skills and resources needed to become positive change agents for inclusion, while strengthening their proficiencies around schools’ core curriculum guidelines. In addition, student participants are better prepared for responsible citizenship; they have a greater understanding of diversity and the skills to help create inclusive environments in their schools and communities. At a time when relationships between America’s ethnic, racial and religious groups are often frayed and sometimes violent, having citizens who are prepared and engaged to aid in building respect for all people  has become not just a civic ideal, but a necessity."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert King Wolff

Littler Mendelson

Term: Jan 2010 - Aug 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?