Diversity Institute

The Fourth Annual Project 400 Conference 2023

Project 400
Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our Communities: Physical, Emotional, and Environmental Impacts of Racism

Date: Friday, February 24 and Saturday February 25, 2023
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm
Location: Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education

•This hybrid event will include virtual and in-person options.
•The fee for this event is $10 per person. Please pay via credit card on CSU's Shopet website. 
•If you have any questions, please contact The Diversity Institute at diversityinstitute@csuohio.edu 

About This Event | Conference AgendaPlenary Speakers | PanelistsModerators | Performing Artists | Sponsors

About This Event

This is the fourth annual Project 400 Conference, titled Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our Communities: Physical, Emotional, and Environmental Impacts of Racism. Project 400 began in 2019 as a year-long observation of when the first Africans were brought to the British Colonies in North America in 1619. This two-day conference will further examine the contemporary challenges African Americans face, highlighting the obstacles that have been overcome while identifying those that remain. 

Plenary Speakers

Dr. David Williams; Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Claire McFarland, JD; Councilwoman, Founder and Managing Partner of Claire McFarland Law, Member of City of Evanston, IL Reparations Committee


Jazmin Long; Chief Executive Officer, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Colette Ngana; Board Chair, Preterm

Dr. Tawanda Greer Medley; Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Associate Director of The Diversity Institute, Cleveland State University

Charles S. Modlin, Jr., M.D., MBA, FACS; Staff Urologist; Medical Director, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity; Urologist, MetroHealth

Lionel Lewis; Broker, New Era Real Estate Group LLC; Member, Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors

John Corlett; President and Executive Director, Centers for Community Solutions

Frank Ford; Senior Policy Advisor, Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research

Yvonka Hall; Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition

SeMia Bray; Co-Director, Black Environmental Leaders

Kimberly Foreman; Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch

Dr. Hugh Turner; Clinical Psychologist

Prester Pickett, Africana Studies, Cleveland State University

Jenny Spencer, Ward 15 Council Member, City of Cleveland 


Marlene Harris-Taylor; Director of Engaged Journalism, Ideastream Public Media

Dr. Randy Vince; Assistant Professor, Director of Minority Men’s Health, University Hospitals

Roz Campbell; Member Engagement & DEI Representative, Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors

Dr. Roderick Harris; Commissioner, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Performing Artists

Tiranay Campbell; Violinist, CSU Student

Samone Cummings; Spoken Word Artist, John Hay Student

Kwanza Brewer; Spoken Word Artist, CSU Alumna



Cleveland Clinic


Cleveland Public Theatre

NAACP, Cleveland Branch