Resetting the Table: Creating an Urban Equity Agenda

SETTING THE TABLE: CREATING AN URBAN EQUITY AGENDAMonday, February 28, 2022 | 8:30am – 10:00am
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After many efforts to address inequality over the years, why have so many low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland and surrounding first-ring communities not seen significant improvement in their quality of life and access to economic opportunity?  PolicyBridge, a Cleveland think tank focused on African American policy issues, recently released a report, Resetting the Table, exploring that core question.

Resetting the Table concludes that “single-issue initiatives and well-intentioned endeavors are not enough to combat systemic, intersecting challenges” and recommends cross sector planning that spans workforce development, community and economic development, education, neighborhood security, health, and wellness.

The Levin College of Urban Affairs, in partnership with PolicyBridge, is hosting a year-long forum series asking the question: Is it possible to implement cross sector planning that addresses the intersecting social and economic challenges facing Cleveland? Please join us for the inaugural discussion with key Cleveland leaders.

Program Participants
  • Greg Brown, PolicyBridge
  • Bradford Davy, Chief Strategy Officer, City of Cleveland
  • India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation
  • Baiju Shah, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Moderated by: Randell McShepard, Chair, PolicyBridge

Friday, June 24, 2022 | 8:30am – 10:00am
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The second discussion in the series will provide a lens on educational attainment and career-launching efforts in our region. Recent government mandates to slow the spread of COVID-19 illuminated racial disparities in Cuyahoga County schools. According to Resetting the Table “Minority students were more likely to attend under-resourced schools lacking the access to and familiarity with technology that made remote learning possible. The digital divide is partly a reflection of an educational funding divide. Racial disparities that are seen as early as preschool persist long after high school.”

While many initiatives have been launched to address inequities, progress in Cleveland has been slow. Please join PolicyBridge and the College of Urban affairs as we examine cross-sector planning around educational attainment and career-launching within our region and examine the opportunities afforded through collective impact. 

Program Participants:
  • Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education
  • Michael Baston, Ph.D. President-Elect of Cuyahoga Community College
  • Eric Gordon, CEO Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Moderated by: Gregory Brown, Executive Director PolicyBridge