DiverseCITY Cleveland

DiverseCITY Cleveland: conversations on social action and social justice

Cleveland Public Library hosts a series of conversations that matter to our community along with civics courses, educational opportunities, and social justice actions and events relevant to local and national efforts.

Upcoming Events

FOREWARD | NO CEILING


Survivors Fear: A Conversation on Sexual Assault

Survivors of sexual violence often don’t disclose their victimization due to the fear of not being believed. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will facilitate a community conversation to increase the community’s awareness regarding the prevalence of sexual violence, the impact, and how to support a loved one when they disclose. The forum will consist of a brief presentation and panel discussion with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center professionals who work with survivors of sexual violence.

Wednesday, April 27 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.


FOREWORD…Read. Watch. Discuss. Repeat.

This series is an opportunity to expose fundamental DEI education through the combined use of entertainment and teaching.

Our time together will include, 6 in-person workshops from 6-7:30 PM, watching an episode of a docuseries, followed by a live discussion in a safe environment with an executive DEI coach from Inspiring Change, LLC, to unpack each episode to further understand equality for all.

Series One Colin In Black and White

This series is an opportunity to expose fundamental DEI education through the combined use of entertainment and teaching.

Our time together will include, 6 in-person workshops from 6-7:30 PM, watching an episode of a docuseries, followed by a live discussion in a safe environment with an executive DEI coach from Inspiring Change, LLC, to unpack each episode to further understand equality for all.

Session One: Cornrows
  • Thursday, April 14 | 6-7:30 PM
Session Two: Quarterbackin
  • Thursday, April 28 | 6-7:30 PM
    Rice Branch
    11535 Shaker Boulevard
    Cleveland, OH 44120
Session Three: Road Trip
  • Wednesday, May 4 | 6-7:30 PM
    Rice Branch
    11535 Shaker Boulevard
    Cleveland, OH 44120
Session Four: The Decision
  • Wednesday, May 18 | 6-7:30 PM
    Rice Branch
    11535 Shaker Boulevard
    Cleveland, OH 44120
Session Five: Crystal
  • Wednesday, May 25 | 6-7:30 PM
    Downtown Main Library
    525 Superior Avenue
    Cleveland Ohio 44114
Session Six: Dear Colin
  • Wednesday, June 15 | 6-7:30 PM
    Downtown Main Library
    525 Superior Avenue
    Cleveland Ohio 44114

All discussions will be held at Rice Branch of Cleveland Public Library, 11535 Shaker Boulevard.


No Ceiling | Summer Education & Event Series For Young Professionals

The outdoor summer series for young professionals offers engaging social justice programs, conversations, experiences, and learning opportunities through music, speakers, and entertainment. Enjoy live music and refreshments.

Mental Health & Music

A deep dive discussion around mental health concerns in Cleveland, including stigma, statistics, and testimonials.

Friday, May 27 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden


Thrive with Pride

An engaging conversation to raise awareness and inspire action around concerns in the LGBTQ+ community including homelessness and alarming levels of violence against transgender people.

Friday, June 24 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden


Money, Power, Respect

Meet leaders shaping Cleveland’s future in the areas of technological innovation, investing, stocks, crypto and more! Could you be among the first to launch Ohio’s own Silicon Valley?

Friday, July 29, 2022 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden


Serious Business: From Side Hustle to Main Gig

Calling all young entrepreneurs to get serious about your business, it is time to take your business from side hustle to the main gig. Join the Library for an opportunity to network with other business owners, while discovering local resources that can help simplify your business development needs.

Friday, August 26 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden


No Ceiling | A Celebration of Heritage

Celebrate Latinx culture and cuisine while learning about some of the main issues concerning the local Hispanic community and how you can help.

Friday, September 30 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden

Hair Story: untangling the roots of Black hair in America by Ayana D. Byrd

A chronicle of black hair in America looks back at the styles, myths, and grooming techniques adopted by African Americans throughout their history.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men — bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son — and readers — the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson