About Us

History, Mission, and Vision

In 1927 religious leaders met in Cleveland in response to organized campaigns of hatred spreading across America. They formed The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) to mobilize citizens against the forces of violence and exclusion.

In September 2006, NCCJ of Cleveland became The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and joined the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC). Our mission – “to eliminate bias bigotry and racism” remains the same, as do our programs, operations and governance structure.  Today, through our School & Youth Programming, SHIFT Consulting, and LeadDIVERSITY we strive to reach toward our vision of creating communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued.

The Diversity Center promotes understanding and respect and institutional equality on matters of race, age, religion, sex, ethnicity, culture, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We achieve this through youth programming and by promoting diversity and addressing institutional bias in the workplace.

Current Initiatives

School & Youth 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 school 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. For more information about School & Youth Services Click Here.


LeadDIVERSITY, is a program in which a select group of professionals engage with regional leaders and the greater community to raise the participants' awareness of diversity issues, build their leadership skills, and enhance their networks. Each session is designed to help participants explore the concept of diversity leadership and to analyze its personal, workplace, and community impact. For more information about LeadDIVERSITY Click Here.

SHIFT Consulting

SHIFT Consulting works with Northeast Ohio businesses and organizations to facilitate inclusive and productive work environments. SHIFT Consulting utilizes a data-driven process to assure that each organization's needs are clearly identified in order to successfully implement a customized inclusion strategy. For more information about SHIFT Consulting Click Here.


The Diversity Center is dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism.


The Diversity Center is committed to building communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued.