Growing Democracy Ep. 201: Two Shakers (pt 1)

Episode: 201, pt 1: Two Shakers Podcast #: 77 Release Date: October 24, 2022 Summary: In this episode, Ashley and Shemariah talk with Tiara Sargeant (SGORR Coordinator, Shaker Heights Schools) and Dr. Donna Whyte (professor at Cleveland State University) about their experience living in and attending school in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, OH. This discussion of the “Two Shakers” is part 1 of 2. This podcast is made possible with funding from the School of Peace & Conflict…

Growing Democracy 2.0: Relaunch

Episode: 200 Relaunch Podcast #: 76 Release Date: October 23, 2022 Summary: We’re back, listeners! In this podcast relaunch, the three co-hosts – Ashley Nickels, Shemariah Arki, and Casey Boyd-Swan – talk about the relaunch and preview the next few episodes! Look forward to the following discussions in the coming weeks: Two Shakers: parts 1 and 2 Cleveland in the Classroom PB CLE: Participatory Budgeting in Cleveland This podcast is made possible with funding from the School of Peace &…

Series 6, Episode 9: Jerry Peña, From Community Organizing to Organizing within Organizations

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 9. Jerry Peña, founder & senior member Gradient A Human Equity Think Tank Podcast #: 75 Release Date: June 7, 2022 Summary:This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. In this ninth episode, Ashley and Casey talk with returning guest Jerry Peña (founder & senior member Gradient A Human Equity Think Tank). Jerry shares his experience as both a community organizer and a Diversity, Equity &…

Series 6 Episode 7 – Madhu Sharma, International Institute Akron

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 7. Series 6 Episode 7: Madhu Sharma, International Institute of Akron Podcast #: 73 Release Date: May 6, 2022 Summary: This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. In our seventh episode, Casey and Anuj talk with Madhu Sharma, Executive Director and Director of Immigration Legal Services at International Institute of Akron in Akron OH. The conversation explores the intersections of race, religion, and resettlement in…

Series 6 Episode 8 – Aisia and Samira, Midtown Cleveland

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 8. Aisia Jones and Samira Malone, MidTown Cleveland Podcast #: 74 Release Date: May 17, 2022 Summary: This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. In this eighth episode, Ashley and Shemariah talk with Midtown Cleveland staff Aisia Jones (Director of Community Empowerment) and Samira Malone (Neighborhood Planning Manager). The conversation emphasizes the importance of Black women in local activism, municipal politics, and neighborhood planning. The…

Series 6 Episode 6 Katie Beck, Gum-Dip Theatre

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 6. Katie Beck – Gum-Dip Theatre (Akron, OH) Podcast #: 72 Release Date: April 18, 2022 Summary: This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. In our sixth episode, Casey and Anuj talk with Katie Beck, Co-Artistic Director of the Gum-Dip Theatre in Akron OH. The conversation explores the changing face of Akron, OH – and Katie reflects on how community identity can be reinvented and…

Series 6 Episode 5 Khyati Joshi, Race, Religion, and Democracy

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 5. Khyati Joshi – Race, Religion, and Democracy Podcast #: 71 Release Date: April 4, 2022 Summary: This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. In our fifth episode, Casey and Shemariah talk with Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi (Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, author: White Christian Privilege). The conversation explores topics of religious privilege and the intersections of race, religion, and democracy. Dr. Joshi provides personal…

Series 6, Episode 4: Akii Butler & Erik Gomez, Organizing Youth

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 4. Akii Butler and Erik Gomez, Organizing Youth Podcast #: 70 Release Date: March 28, 2022 Summary: This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. Our fourth episode features two youth of color who are active in the NEO organizing space. Ashley and Casey talk with Akii Butler (Ohio Organizing Collaborative) and Erik Gomez (Director of Governmental Affairs for Undergraduate Student Government at Kent State). The…

Series 6, Episode 3: Tessa Xuan & Suparna Bhaskaran, Socially Constructing the ‘Other’

Series: 6. Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Episode: 3. Tessa Xuan and Suparna Bhaskaran, Socially Constructing the ‘Other’ Podcast #: 69 Release Date: February 28, 2022 Summary: This episode is part of Series 6, Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. Our third episode begins by exploring how individuals identify themselves, and why self-identification is a fundamental part of autonomy. Ashley and Shemariah talk with Tessa Xuan (Statewide Co-Director, OPAWL) and Dr. Suparna Bhaskaran (non-resident Fellow at the Institute on…

Series 2, Ep. 25: Phil Kidd

Series: 2. Power of Political and Civic Engagement Episode: 25. Phil Kidd Podcast #: 68 Release Date: January 24, 2022 Summary: This week the podcast continues the series, the Power of Political and Civic Engagement. In this episode, Ashley and Casey welcome Phil Kidd, Special Projects Manager for Northwest Neighborhoods CDC in Cleveland. The three discuss differences in community development and organizing across suburban and urban spaces – as well as how running can serve to connect people to their…