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 &…

Photovoice FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions: What is photovoice? “Photovoice is a participatory action research methodology” that “provides the opportunity for community members to creatively document their concerns and simultaneously act as ‘catalysts for change’” “It ignites interest about important topics that are relevant within a community and allows a community to express themselves through photography. Photovoice breaks past language and traditional communication barriers that often prevent members of a group from expressing their concerns” Source: “Tools for Action: Facilitator’s Toolkit for a…

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…

Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio-Film Series and Photovoice Exhibition, April 2022

The Growing Democracy Project, Race & Democracy in Northeast Ohio series, is proud to announce our Spring 2022 events! Focus, Flash, Film: Facilitating Community Dialogue on Race & Democracy Through Film and Photography April 11 – April 22, 2022 Kent State University (Kent, OH) Over the course of  two weeks, from April 11 through April 22, we will be hosting a series of events that focus on Race & Democracy in Northeast Ohio. Through film, photography, and community dialogues, we…