THE DIVERSITY CENTER OF NORTHEAST OHIO

aka The Diversity Center   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.diversitycenterneo.org

Mission

The Diversity Center is a human relations organization that works to eliminate the polarizing effects of bias, bigotry, and racism that create 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.

Ruling year info

2005

President and CEO

Ms. Peggy Zone Fisher

Main address

3659 Green Road Suite 220

Cleveland, OH 44122 USA

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Formerly known as

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ)

The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ)

EIN

20-1966761

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

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Lead Diversity

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 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.

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

#Rethink Labels, a short video and corresponding two day lesson plan focuses on reducing bias and stereotypes in the classroom. The video is an award winning, four-minute documentary that demonstrates the power of words and labels, and how they can build up or break down barriers. There is a corresponding lesson plan for teachers to use after facilitated discussions led by Diversity Center staff.

Population(s) Served

The Diversity Center's arts-centered diversity education program uses visual, performing, and language arts to focus on lessons of inclusiveness, tolerance, race relations, and communication, while promoting student creativity, leadership, and academic success. The arts represent different cultures, religions, orientations, beliefs, nationalities, histories, and more, and are a perfect tool for opening dialogue focused on inclusion and understanding.

Population(s) Served

SHIFT Consulting is the professional services division of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. We focus on leadership and organizational development initiatives with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. Through our partnerships with business and community leaders, we support the development of inclusive environments where all feel connected, respected, and valued.

We work with your organization to SHIFT individual behaviors, interpersonal interactions, management practices, procedures, and policies toward inclusion. These practices enable organizations to attract, recruit, engage, and retain the world’s best talent, in today’s ever-growing and changing global marketplace. These efforts result in more innovative and successful work teams that are able to tackle today’s biggest challenges, resulting in more effective problem solving and decision making capabilities. Ultimately, contributing to the agility and success of your organization.

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THE DIVERSITY CENTER OF NORTHEAST OHIO

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cipriano Beredo III

Squire Patton Boggs

Sheryl King Benford

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes