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LakewoodAlive to Host “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum on May 23

Distinguished Group of Panelists to Participate in Discussion at Lakewood Public Library; Public Invited to Attend

April 19, 2018

The benefits arising from societal diversity are well-documented.  Research shows being exposed to people who are different from us broadens our horizons, enhances our creativity and even makes us happier.  But how exactly can we succeed with cultivating a more diverse community in Lakewood?

LakewoodAlive Embracing Diversity Community Forum Flyer

LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization, announces it will host a community forum – entitled Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood).  Co-hosted by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission, this community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we as Lakewoodites can further our commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity within our city.

Both the general public and members of the media are invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to better understand the complexities surrounding the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion as they pertain to race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.  The discussion will delve into best practices for identifying our own biases, serving as a change agent for achieving greater diversity and promoting the creation of an even more inclusive community.

Moderator Tameka L. Taylor, Ph.D., who serves as President of Compass Consulting Services and previously spent 14 years occupying a leadership role at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, will oversee a distinguished group of panelists for an informative discussion.  The final 30 minutes will be devoted to panelists fielding questions from the audience.

The panelists participating in this community forum include:

LakewoodAlive hosts community forums pertaining to topics relevant to Lakewood citizens.  For more information regarding the “Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood” community forum on May 23, please contact the LakewoodAlive office at 216-521-0655.



An engaged and active citizen is our best asset, and LakewoodAlive works with partners throughout the community to publicly discuss the issues of the day. We regularly host Community Forums designed to provide access to experts and resources within a particular field, as well as engage our Lakewood neighbors in meaningful discussions regarding topics pertinent to our community.

The following resources pertain to past forums LakewoodAlive has hosted.  We hope you find them informative and useful.


What’s Our Plan: A Community Conversation About School Safety

April 2018
Recap Article: More Than 100 Community Members Participate in School Safety Community Forum
Recap Article: Lakewood officials call recent community conversation about school safety a success

Additional Resources

City of Lakewood Educator’s School Safety Network
Lakewood City School District Lakewood Police Department
National Education Association School Safety Initiative



Aging in Place: Wave of the Future

November 2017
Recap Article: Planning Ahead: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Ponders Future of Aging Population

Additional Resources

Aging in Place Resource Guide Enterprise Community Partners
Lakewood Division of Aging LSC Service Corp.
National Aging in Place Council Senior Transportation Connection



From Refugee to Neighbor Part 2: Understanding Public Policy and Community Impact

May 2017
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “From Refugee to Neighbor” Community Forum Celebrates Our City’s Diversity

Additional Resources

Building Hope in the City Community West Foundation
City of Lakewood Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Catholic Charities – Migration and Refugee Services The Refugee Response



The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options

November 2016
Recap Article: 90 Attendees Pack Lakewood Public Library for Community Forum Regarding Heroin Epidemic

Additional Resources

ADAMHS Board Heroin Crisis Hotline Let’s Face Heroin Resource Guide
City of Lakewood Addiction Resources Project DAWN Opioid Overdose Education Program
Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force Rx Drug Drop Box Program
Cuyahoga County Heroin & Fentanyl Data St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Addiction Education



A Deep Dive: Lake Erie Starts at Home

June 2016
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Draws Crowd to Discuss Lake Erie



From Refugee to Neighbor: Continuing the Conversation

November 2015



Exploring the Legend: Is Equality Alive in Lakewood

May 2015



Housing: Securing a Second Century

December 2013



Housing: A New Approach for a New Century

May 2012



2010 US Census: What it Means for Lakewood

November 2011



Bailey Building and Beyond: Downtown Development

November 2010

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