Levin College Dean's Forum

Census 2020: What You Need To Know: Panelist Bios

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Moderator, Presenter, and Panelists
Dr. Deirdre Mageean | Devonta DickeyDr. Nada Martinovic | Dr. Mark SallingKate Warren

Deirdre MageeanDr. Deirdre Mageean (Moderator)
Professor of Urban Affairs, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Deirdre M. Mageean, Ph.D. is Professor of Urban Studies at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.  In addition to 35 years of teaching, Mageean spent 15 years in university administration, most recently as Provost of CSU and before that Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development at East Carolina University and Dean of the Graduate School and Vice President for Research at the University of Maine.

A demographer by training Mageean’s area of specialization is migration, both international and domestic.  She has extensive experience in applied research including work on childhood hunger and food security; demographic challenges to higher education and the workforce; the environmental impact of residential mobility patterns and historical patterns of migration to Chicago and Philadelphia.  Current research is on the effectiveness of recruiting migrants to offset population loss in Rust Belt and Frost Belt cities including Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit, Buffalo and Utica.

While Vice Chancellor for Research, graduate Studies and Economic Development at ECU Mageean was a member of the North Carolina Biotechnology Council, a state economic development agency and a member of Pitt County Economic Development Council, North Carolina.

At the University of Maine, during her time as Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, Mageean organized two Governor’s Economic Development Conferences for then Governor Angus King.

Additionally while Dean in Residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in D.C. Mageean worked on two reports on pathways through graduate school and into careers published jointly by the Educational training Service and CGS. 
Dr. Mageean earned her Bachelors of Social Science in Sociology and Philosophy at Queens University, Belfast N. Ireland; her Masters in Sociology at the University of York, England and her Ph.D. in Geography from the Open University in England. 

Devonta DickeyDevonta Dickey (Presenter and Panelist)
Advocacy and Engagement Coordinator, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Devontá Dickey serves as the Advocacy and Engagement Coordinator at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and is a proud member of Cleveland VOTES, a nonpartisan initiative aimed to advancing democracy, new power, and equity-building through the power of voting, census, and more. Through his efforts with Cleveland VOTES, Devontá currently is co-designing Cleveland VOTES’ Equitable Civic Engagement framework aimed to encourage us to reimagine how to we build democratic power in all we do while addressing the structural, systemic, and institutional barriers resulting in apathy to be civically engaged. Cleveland VOTES serves as the chair for the City’s Neighborhood Outreach and the County’s Community and Neighborhood Outreach subcommittees. Concurrently with his efforts to advance and prototype Equitable Civic Engagement, he is also a member of the civic technology initiative aimed to combating social injustices through the power of technology and data called #HackCleveland. 

Devontá also manages the city’s two Undesign the Redline Interactive Exhibits that analyzes redlining and historical discriminatory housing practices that resulted in the collateral challenges we see today. Since 2018, the exhibits garnered more than 4000+ participants throughout Ohio and 300+ private engagement opportunities. Devonta and his comrades are currently working with community partners to explore strategies to ‘undesign’ these challenges. 

Devontá’s passion is built upon advancing an Inclusive Digital Economy, amplifying Equitable Civic Engagement strategies, and advocating for Racial Equity & Inclusion throughout Cleveland and beyond. Devontá Dickey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Sustainable Design, and Environmental Justice from Denison University and studied Environmental Studies and Policy at the University of Cape Town, and is a member of the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Young Professional Council. 

Nada MartinovicDr. Nada Martinovic (Panelist)
Partnership Specialist, U.S. Dept. of Commerce - Bureau of Census, Philadelphia Regional Census Center

Nada Martinović, Ph.D., is a U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist with expertise in all facets of program analysis, program coordination and management. An avid community leader with deep ties to and in-depth knowledge of the Greater Cleveland community, she is skilled in collaborating with community organizations to develop professional partnerships/connections with community leaders, professionals and centers of influence at all levels. She is an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University, a Capstone project and research advisor, and student teachers’ supervisor.

Dr. Martinovic is a passionate community leader with volunteer roles in numerous cultural and civic organizations, including Cleveland Museum of Arts, International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Global Cleveland, and Elite Women Around the World. 

She moved to Cleveland 20 years ago, learned to speak English, earned her M. A. at Cleveland State University and Doctor of Philosophy degree at Kent State University. She has presented her research nationally and internationally.

In addition to English, she is fluent in Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian.

Mark SallingDr. Mark Salling (Panelist)
Senior Fellow and Research Associate, Northern Ohio Data & Information Service, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Dr. Salling is a Senior Fellow and Research Associate in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. At the university since 1981, he has served as the Director of the College’s Northern Ohio Data & Information Service (NODIS). He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati. While semi-retired, he stays active in research and public service.

Dr. Salling has been active in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) since 1982, is a past board member, twice a recipient of the Association’s service award, and was the editor of the URISA Conference Proceedings for 19 years. Until 2017, he served as a member of the Core Committee of URISA’s GISCorps, which matches GIS professionals to volunteer opportunities in underprivileged communities and for humanitarian projects, particularly in developing countries. Dr. Salling was formerly Chairman and Key Person for the Cleveland Census Statistical Areas Committee and served on the Council of the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP), representing higher education.

Dr. Salling has authored papers dealing with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), public participation GIS, voting rights, redistricting, poverty, residential mobility, environmental equity, demography, computer applications in planning, and data dissemination. He has taught courses on GIS, urban geography, statistical and computer methods, and demography. He continues to teach GIS workshops and is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) by the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute (GISCI).

Kate WarrenKate Warren (Panelist)
Research Associate, The Center for Community Solutions

Kate Warren joined Community Solutions in May, 2014, and now serves as a research associate. She works with the Research team on applied research, analysis, mapping, and data visualization, all with the goal of making data accessible and understandable to people and organizations who can leverage it to improve the community. She has created resources for the community including data profiles of Ohio’s counties and legislative districts, as well as Cleveland neighborhoods. She has consulted with a variety of organizations in greater Cleveland to help them assess the communities they serve, build capacity, and better utilize data to inform their work.

She sits on the community health advisory team of the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, the City of Cleveland Complete Count Committee for Census 2020, The City of Cleveland Minority Health Advisory Council, and the Data Days Cleveland Planning Committee. 

Kate holds a Master of Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Urban Economic Development (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Religious Studies (2010), from Cleveland State University.