April 2021: Christin Farmer Discusses Infant Mortality Research and Intervention
In this episode, Christin Farmer, Senior Fellow at the Levin College and Founder of Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC), discusses “Survive and Thrive,” a research project aimed to reduce infant and maternal mortality in African-American communities throughout Greater Cleveland and the state of Ohio. The project was awarded $1 million from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and is conducted in partnership with the Levin College, the Cleveland Clinic, and BBC, a nonprofit organization that has achieved an infant survival rate of 99.2% among participating African-American clients.
Learn More: www.birthingbeautiful.org
April 2021: Dr. Merissa Piazza Discusses Research Project Aimed to Investigate Institutionalized Racism and Support Minority Entrepreneurship
In this episode, Dr. Merissa C. Piazza, Program Manager for Levin’s Center for Economic Development, discusses a new research project that has been funded through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “Knowledge Challenge” program. Dr. Piazza shares that as part of this effort, the research team will investigate institutionalized racism and discrimination, while developing processes and recommendations for supporting minority entrepreneurship to advance economic growth in the Greater Cleveland region. The Center for Economic Development has served as a designated US Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center since 1985.
March 2021: Dr. Robert A. Simons Examines Impact of “EZfare” on Quality of Life of Low-Income Transit Riders
In this episode, Dr. Robert (Roby) A. Simons, Professor and Department Chair at the Levin College, discusses his preliminary research findings on “EZfare,” an automated no-touch transit payment system that has recently been implemented by public transit authorities throughout Ohio. Funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Program, the three-year research study looks at the effect of EZfare on the quality of life of transit riders and the potential role of contactless EZfare smart cards in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
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This virtual book tour featuring Sheryll Cashin was held on October 13, 2021. Deeply researched and sharply written, "White Space, Black Hood” is a call to action. Drawing on two decades of research in cities including Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, New York, and Cleveland, author Sheryll Cashin traces the processes of residential caste as it relates to housing, policing, schools, and transportation. She contends that geography is now central to American caste, and that poverty-free havens and poverty-dense hoods would not exist if the state had not designed, constructed, and maintained this physical racial order.
Levin College Research Day 2021
On August 27, 2021, the Levin College hosted its annual Research Day. Participants were invited to employ a “PechaKucha” style presentation format, highlighting twenty slides for twenty seconds each. Traditional paper sessions were also welcomed. “The presentations reflect the depth and quality of our work here in the College,” noted Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor at Levin. A program agenda is available here.
COVID-19: Outlooks from Northeast Ohio Mayors
Communities around Northeast Ohio are united by the challenges of COVID-19, and local officials are at the forefront of the response. Almost overnight, municipalities were pressed to implement new public safety regulations and establish emergency relief spending measures. Resulting budget shortfalls are forcing painful decisions in local governments, including layoffs, furloughs, and cuts to important public services. COVID-19: Outlooks from Northeast Ohio Mayors , recorded on December 2, 2020, features a panel of mayors from cities throughout Cuyahoga County. Together they offer their ground-level perspectives as they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and share their outlooks on how our communities will continue to navigate these challenging times in 2021.
Inconvenient Truths about Suburbanization without Growth
This Levin College Forum, held on November 10, 2020, explores our latest research on the subject of regionalism, and draws together a panel of experts who discuss the challenges to connecting this research to policy and practice. The program includes three research perspectives, outlining the predictability of regional dynamics, the social consequences of those dynamics, and the role of collaboration-based interventions. Regional practitioners and leaders will join this scholarship with their on-the-ground perspectives of political and logistical realities and other dynamics. For more information, please visit this forum's event page.