Reframing the Narrative on Race: Lessons from Awareness Building in Northeast Ohio and Phildaelphia

WEDNESDAY 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Racial Equity – Oak Room

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the Fund for Our Economic Future, and other partners recently funded a journey to increase understanding of racial inequality in Northeast Ohio and foster productive dialogue among stakeholders. Through intensive training events, more than 5,000 participants heard a history of racism in America that challenges assumptions and reveals the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality; resulting in a community equipped with a common lexicon and increased capacity to sustain racial awareness and support change. The goal of this session is to share lessons from this effort and relay the important role of a common narrative in reducing racial disparities.


  • Jacqueline Tucker, GARE East Regional Project Manager, Race Forward (Moderator)
  • Bethia Burke, Vice President, Fund for Our Economic Future
  • Carniesha Kwashie, Director, Job Opportunity Investment Network