Shift Akron Resources

Shift Akron brings leaders across sectors together to explore the shifts in perspective, direction and tactics that will drive the next decade of change in the city. As leaders recognize how our perceptions influence our community culture, we can open new avenues to create positive change in the city and foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Please see the following resources to help further your diversity and inclusion efforts following Leadership Akron’s 2017 Shift Akron event:


Diversity and Inclusion Resources


NEW - ESC of Cuyahoga Valley and Akron Public Schools: Cultural Sensitivity Training

Michele Y. Ware
216.524.3000
michele.ware@esc-cc.org

Professional trainers from APS offer unique insight into the lives of students and their families at these all-day workshops. They will provide a framework for exploring how conditions associated with culture, socio-economic status, trauma and other factors affect students’ academic performance as well as their emotional well-being.

Friday, September 14, 2018 event
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 event


Akron Urban League

Dr. Sadie Winlock, President and CEO
330.434.3101

AUL is taking the lead on offering programs that support inclusive leadership.

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Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and the Racial Equity Institute

Growing Racial Equity in Northeast Ohio: Continued Awareness & Action
216.830.2770

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City of Akron Diversity and Inclusion

Donald Rice, Human Resources Director
330.208.5823
drice@akronohio.gov


Diversity Center of NE Ohio

Peggy Zone Fisher, President and CEO
216.752.3000

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Harvard Implicit Bias Study

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet. Follow the link below to take the implicit bias test.

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Heather Steranka-Petit

Heather provides training and development around cultural competency and unconscious bias.
330.715.8794
Steranka-global@yahoo.com


NAACP Akron

Judi Hill, President
330.573.4986

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University of Akron Rethinking Race Committee

Greta Lax, ARI-AHEC Center Director
330.972.6957

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Shift Akron Panel Moderators:

Robert DeJournett, Director, Community Relations & Diversity
Summa Health
dejournr@summahealth.org

Vish Bhatt, Operations Manager, Hematology/Oncology
Akron Children’s Hospital
vbhatt@akronchildrens.org