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 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.

Fall High School Retreat October 18-20, 2018

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.

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

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.

At this year’s conference, students will explore the concept of beauty and its impact on their identity and development.

As time progresses so does society’s definition of beautiful, but are those constructs that we should all be judged upon? Throughout the conference workshops, students will examine those ideals — as well as their own — and discuss why we, as a community, are so influenced by other’s beauty standards.

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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)


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  • 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 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.

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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

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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.

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#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

and promote
Social Emotional Learning


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