School & Youth

Our Programming

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s School & Youth Team provides year-round diversity and inclusion centered workshops, conferences, and retreats.  These programs empower youth and youth-serving professionals throughout Northeast Ohio with the skills and abilities to build communities where everyone is connected, respected, and valued.  Students who participate in these programs learn how to become leaders and change agents in their schools.

Our School & Youth programs are customized to the specific needs of the students and educators that we serve.  We allow participants to explore aspects of diversity and build skills in a non-threatening and open environment.  We have a variety of options that are able to fit within any budget.

Events, Conferences, and Retreats

Our programming theme for the 2018-2019 school year is: "From the Inside, Out: Body Image to Gender Identity"

The Diversity Center will explore this year’s theme “From the Inside, Out: Body Image to Gender Identity” that will help students define who they are and what makes us all unique. Social development at this age can draw students to desire connections with those around them and to the world in which they live. At the same time, students are reflecting on their identity and how society defines the skin they are in. Through a number of activities, students will identify the influence of the media and societal norms on their views of self in the 21st Century. Topics on body image, sexuality, gender identity and ability all focus on self-identification and invite conversations that address expectations, bullying and social isolation.

Throughout the year educators will get to take a deeper look into or think critically about physical and mental well-being in their students.

Please join us in our efforts to educate and impact the community.

Spring Middle School Conference March 6, 2019 
Spring High School Conference March 8, 2019

The annual Spring Middle School and High School Conferences bring together students and educators from throughout Northeast Ohio.  Students are given the opportunity to meet and form groups with students from different schools, backgrounds, and regions and participate in a series of workshops on diversity and inclusion.  Programs for educators will also be included.

This year’s conference will focus on our theme of “From the Inside, Out:  Body Image to Gender Identity.”  We will explore how the meaning of “beauty” can change over time, why we are influenced by those standards, and how those standards can affect how we view ourselves.

Click here to register your school and to find out more information about the Spring Middle School Conference

Click here to register your school and to find out more information about the Spring High School Conference

Fall High School Retreat October 17-19, 2019

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s annual Fall High School Retreat is a unique three-day opportunity for students and educators of all backgrounds to come together to explore topics of diversity and inclusion.

More information to come.

YouLEAD 

YouLEAD is a diversity workshop series during which your students will engage with peers through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Strategies. Each session is designed to help students explore self-awareness, collaboration, and social responsibility through the lens of diversity leadership. Through establishment of safe environments and relationship-building, open conversations can take place around diversity and inclusion in the students’ school and surrounding community. The goal of these workshops is to address bias, bigotry, and racism, build leadership skills, and create school communities where individuals are connected, respected, and valued.

Our YouLEAD workshops are age-appropriate, interactive, and designed to encourage dialogue around the topics listed below. A YouLEAD series is comprised of 4-6 workshops that each focus on one topic. Workshops can be adapted to fit your classroom schedule; however, our standard workshops are 90 minutes in length.

YouLEAD Junior

YouLEAD Junior is an elementary school diversity workshop series in which students engage with peers through the usage of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Strategies. Each session is designed to help students explore self-awareness, collaboration, and social responsibility through the lens of diversity leadership.  Each session lasts between 45-90 minutes. Through establishment of safe environments and relationship-building, open conversations can take place around diversity, tolerance, and inclusion in the students’ school and surrounding community. The goal of these workshops is to address bias, bigotry, and racism, build leadership skills, and create school communities where individuals are connected, respected, and valued.

YouLEAD (Grades 6-12)

Foundational Programming 

  • Diversity 101
  • Problem Solving & Teamwork
  • Anti-Bullying 
  • Diversity Leadership

Identity-Specific Programming

  • #RethinkLabels: The Power of Words
  • #RethinkAmerican: Immigration
  • #RethinkBeauty: Body Image
  • Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation (2-part series)
  • (Dis)Ability 
  • Religion, Non-Religion and Spirituality
  • Race & Ethnicity 
  • Socioeconomics 

Click Here for more information about YouLEAD.

YouLEAD Junior (PK - 5)

  • Diversity 101
  • #Rethinklabels: The Power of Words
  • Anti-bullying 
  • Problem-Solving & Teamwork
  • Better Together: Building Friendship Across Difference

 

Diversity Through the Arts 

The Diversity Center’s arts-centered  diversity education program integrates music, visual, theatrical, and English language arts with lessons focused on inclusiveness, tolerance, race relations, and communication skills while promoting students' creativity, leadership, and academic  success.

Click Here for more information about Diversity Through the Arts.

Educator Training

The Diversity Center is committed to working with educators and youth-serving professionals to create classrooms where all students are connected, respected, and valued. This environment fosters a healthy learning community in pursuit of academic excellence. Educators and youth-serving professionals can become influential advocates for social justice in schools, districts, or programs with tools and resources shared in the following workshops. Each workshop is about 2 hours.

  • Unconscious Bias and Micro Messages (we recommend this as a foundational professional development program)
  • Building Relationships and Creating Inclusive Environments (Part 1)
  • Creating Culturally Responsive Curricula and Classrooms (Part 2)
  • Racial Equity
  • Diversity in Thought using the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument
  • Socioeconomic Inequality
  • Diverting the School to Prison Pipeline

Consulting Services for Schools and School Districts

  • Implementation of Restorative Practices
  • Appreciative Inquiry for Assessment and/or Strategic Planning
  • Community Conversations

For more information on Educator Training please contact us at programs@diversitycenterneo.org

#RethinkLabels

The Diversity Center, in partnership with Goldfarb Weber Creative Media, is proud to present #RethinkLabels, a video and corresponding two-day lesson plan for reducing bias and stereotypes in the classroom.

Click here to download this FREE lesson plan

 

#RethinkLabels with Spanish subtitles. Watch by clicking the link below

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Watch the 2016 #RethinkLabels follow up video!

Our Team:

Brian Anthony
Program Associate

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Tamika Ellis, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
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Kaila Johnson
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant,
Higher Education and Young Adults  
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Click on the links below to learn more about how our programs
meet Ohio State Learning Standards

Diversity Through the Arts
YouLEAD

and promote
Social Emotional Learning

SEL

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