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November/December 2012
School & Youth News

The Window Seat


Upcoming Events

For Educators

Count Me In!
Diversity, Multiculturalism, and
Inclusion in Education

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

John Carroll University
Lombardo Student Center
20700 North Park Blvd.
University Heights, Ohio 44118

Northeast Ohio educators and youth-serving professionals are invited to participate in an innovative workshop that will inform you about the newest research in multicultural and inclusive learning. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities, join in discussions about diversity, and obtain skills and strategies to create more equitable learning environments.

Disability & Education:
Exploring Attitudes, Labels, and Access

Featuring Panelists and Workshop Presenters:

Donna Prease
Maximum Accessible Housing Organization, Board Member

Beth Thompson, MSSA
Milestones Autism Organization, Teen/Adult Services Coordinator

Youth Advocate Panelists

Count Me In - November 12 - Flyer

Count Me In - November 12 - Registration

For more information please contact AmariYah Israel
at or 216.752.3000

The Diversity Center's
58th Annual
Humanitarian Award Dinner

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
6-7pm Reception
7-9pm Dinner and Program

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

2012 Honorees:
Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA
President & CEO
Sisters of Charity Health System
Charles D. Fowler, CEO
William Conway, Founder
& Chairman Emeritus
Fairmount Minerals

Corporate sponsorships and
individual tickets are available.

58th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner Save the Date

For more information please contact Sharon Schmelzer
at or 216.752.3000.


Past Event Updates

The Hershey Foundation Living Voices Series

From October 15 through October 26, 2012, The Diversity Center brought Lily Gladstone, an actress from Living Voices, to Northeast Ohio.

The multimedia performances, told through the eyes of a young person, included stories about the Native American boarding schools, the Japanese internment, and Mexican American migrant workers.

Over 2,500 students from 24 schools participated in the program this year.

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Lily Gladstone, actress from Living Voices, at New Tech West performing La Causa

Middle School Conference

The Diversity Center's Annual Fall Middle School Conference was held at John Carroll University on October 10, 2012.  The event hosted 80 middle school students and their educators for lessons about personal storytelling.  In break-out sessions facilitated by City Year Corps Members, students told stories to their peers about an event or person who has changed their future. Through creative writing and artwork, students recreated the stories they heard.

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Artwork created by students at the Middle School Conference

Fall High School Retreat

The Diversity Center's Annual Fall High School Retreat was held at Camp Wise in Chardon, OH from October 4-6, 2012.  Throughout the retreat students split up into small groups for team building activities and discussions around storytelling and diversity.

Students discussed the "American Dream" and the voices that are often left out of the narrative.  Through this idea, they learned the importance of sharing and listening to each other's personal stories. 

In storytelling circles, each student had the opportunity to "describe an event, person, or moment in time that you know had changed your future".

Justin Bachman, a student at Solon High School, gave a powerful presentation about bullying and acceptance.

Excerpt of Justin Bachman's Speach at the Fall HS Retreat
Justin Bachman's Facebook Page

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Artwork created by high school students at the Fall Retreat

National Federation of Just Communities (NFJC) Conference

Peggy Zone Fisher, President & CEO, and Christen DuVernay, Director of Programs, attended the the NFJC Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma from September 21-24, 2012. Representatives from 20 affiliated organizations across the country attended.

The purpose of the annual conference is to share program ideas, best practices, and learn about what's happening within the other organizations.

Allan Goldner, partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff and board director for The Diversity Center, has been elected president of NFJC.  He will begin his two year term in July of 2013.

Christen NewsletterMeet Christen DuVernay, Director of Programs
The Diversity Center

Christen obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Notre Dame College of Ohio, from which she graduated with honors.

In addition to her coursework, she organized several groups on campus including but not limited to the college’s first Gay-Straight Alliance and Black Scholars Group.

Following graduation, Christen accepted a position at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland where she worked as the Youth Services Coordinator developing programs for young adults ages 14-30. She then became the Project 180 Coordinator where she designed and delivered programs for organizations, companies, hospital systems, school districts, and corporations around LGBTQ-specific diversity and inclusion initiatives.

In 2008, a program she developed for gender variant young adults and their families received the Illumination Award for Best New Program of the Year.

She completed her Masters degree in Psychology and received a Certificate in Diversity Management from Cleveland State University in 2010. The same year, the Plain Dealer named her one of Cleveland’s Community Heroes for her work around LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance.

When she's not working, Christen finds time for back-packing and urban exploration.

Christen has been with The Diversity Center since 2011.

Working to eliminate bias, bigotry, and racism
through education and advocacy.
"Hello! Thank you for reading about our new School & Youth initiatives!

Make sure you read about Count Me In! - our first evening seminar for educators."

Peggy Zone Fisher
President & CEO

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Peggy Zone Fisher, Julia & Larry Pollock, and Sheryl King Benford at the Pollock's home on 9/19/12.

Events & Holidays

November 5
Surviving Hate: Journeys of Hope & Resistance

November 11

Veterans' Day

November 12
Count Me In!

November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 22
Thanksgiving Day

December 4
58th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner

December 8
First night of Chanukah

December 12
Community: Working Inside & Outside Your Organization

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26
Kwanzaa Begins

LeadDIVERSITY Class of 2013!

To view a list current class members please click here!

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presents:

Stop The Hate: Youth Speak Out!

Essay contest for middle & high school students

"What will you do to stop hatred and discrimination?"

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is hosting an essay contest for middle and high school students!

$100,000 in cash and college scholarships will be awarded to the winning students.

Entry Deadlines:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 for students in grades 6-10

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 for students in grades 11-12

Please click here to read more about the contest, guidelines, eligibility, and prizes.

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