School & Youth

Our Programming

School & Youth Programming provides year round diversity centered workshops, camps, conferences, and retreats. These programs empower thousands of youth and youth serving professionals to build environments that promote respect, acceptance, and inclusion. Students who participate in our programs learn how to become leaders and positive change agents in their schools and communities. 

Our programs allow students to increase knowledge and build skills while exploring aspects of diversity in a safe non-threatening environment. In addition to working with schools and educators, The Diversity Center is also available for workshops with your church, youth group, or community organization. Workshops can be customized to meet your specific needs. A variety of programs are offered to fit any training budget.

Events, Conferences, and Retreats

Our programming theme for the 2016-2017 school year is: The Cost of Justice: An Evaluation of Money in America

For years, the distribution of wealth in America has held disparities.  It is rooted in how our country was founded and built.  Systemic racism and a well-defined class system has shaped the definition of socioeconomic status in America. These disparities become clear when we examine socioeconomics, accessibility of education, and the health care system.  Through our programming, we strive to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of students by providing the tools to become educated in financial and fiscal decisions. Follow-up conversations can run the spectrum from the cost of building America using slave labor, to the current school -to- prison pipeline and the extreme profit in America from private prisons.

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

Spring Middle School Conference March 8, 2017
Spring High School Conference March 10, 2017  

The Spring Middle and High School Conferences bring together groups of students from schools all over Northeast Ohio. Students are separated into groups that offer them the opportunity to meet students form other schools, regions, and backgrounds to participate in a series of small workshops on diversity. Educators are also provided with diversity training and education in our special educator workshops.
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Camp STARR, Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, June 30, 2017

Camp STARR is an intense and interactive 4-day retreat for high school students. The goal of Camp STARR is for students to explore race relations in America: past, present, and future. In 2017, we will explore African American history and race conflicts while focusing on our Theme: The Cost of Justice, An Evaluation of Money in America.  Camp STARR participants will be challenged physically and emotionally to better understand themselves and the world in which they live.

Students will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of their racial identity through self-identification activities
  • Participate in simulations and artistic activities that depict issues of racial injustices
  • Partake in team-building activities while on the Campus of Oberlin College

More information coming soon . . . 

Fall High School Retreat TBA 2017

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, from all edges of Northeast Ohio, to come together to explore topics of social justice and diversity.
More information coming soon . . . 


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


Watch the 2016 #RethinkLabels follow up video!


YouLEAD is an on site middle and high school program in which a core group of students engage with peers to raise awareness of diversity issues, build leadership skills, and create inclusive environments. 

Each session is designed to help students explore self-awareness, collaboration, and social responsibility through the lens of diversity leadership. YouLEAD is designed as an in school program, but can be modified for delivery during after school hours, or for other student-serving organizations and events:

  • Social Justice: Joining the Movement 
  • Diversity 101: Building Common Language
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Gender [X]
  • Ally Behavior & LGBTQ Inclusion
  • Religious Tolerance & Respect
  • (Dis)Ability
  • Socioeconomic Simulation (SES)


Click Here for more information about YouLEAD.

  • Bullying Prevention
  • Cyberbullying
  • Body Image & Stigma
  • Student Leadership
  • Storytelling & Leadership
  • Student Facilitator Training
  • Customized Curriculum

Diversity Through the Arts 

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

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Educator Training

The Diversity Center is committed to working with educators and youth-serving professionals to create a classroom setting 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.

  • Building Relationships & Creating Inclusive Educational Environments
  • Micromessages & Unconscious Bias
  • (Dis)Ability Awareness
  • Creating Culturally Competent Curricula & Classrooms
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Socioeconomics Review
  • HBDI  (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument)
  • Appreciative Inquiry Process
  • Customized Curriculum

For more information on Educator Training please contact us at

American Denial

The Diversity Center is proud to offer in school screenings of the documentary film "American Denial. This film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias, persist and shape all of our lives. It also enables large groups of students to participate in meaningful discussion about unconscious bias and discrimination. 

Educators receive both pre and post-documentary worksheets, a discussion guide, and ideas for how to continue the lesson beyond the viewing. A representative from The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio will introduce the film and help students think about race as a vital identity marker worthy of open and honest discussion.

Click Here for more information about American Denial or email Brian Anthony, Program Specialist at

Our Team:

Jasmine King
School & Youth Programs

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Brian Anthony
Program Specialist
American Denial Contact

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Cierra Edwards
Program & Marketing Coordinator

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Kaila Johnson
Program Specialist,
Young Adults

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shannonShannon Shaver
Program Specialist
Diversity Through the Arts Contact
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Click on the links below to learn more about how our programs
meet Ohio State Learning Standards

American Denial
Diversity Through the Arts

and promote
Social Emotional Learning



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