Equity & Inclusion
Cleveland Heights’ reputation for diversity attracts many families to this community. We have a variety of communities here including Caucasian, African American, Orthodox Jewish, LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. Over the past year, the pandemic has necessitated the increased isolation of each of these many groups. To achieve a new level of progress, neighbors must join together to find points of common interest and then work together to find mutually satisfying solutions for the challenges facing our City.
I commit to being a bridge; to open dialogue and to engage everyone in the work that needs to be done. I will draw from my work and experience in diversity and inclusion that I acquired while CEO of the YWCA. The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women.
In my personal commitment to the mission, I created and hosted the Diversity Dinner Group – 16 women who are Asian, Latinx, African American and Caucasian. We met for dinner and facilitated conversations about our cultures, heritage and resulting world-views. The Group continued to meet for over 10 years.
We live side by side; now we need to work hand in hand.