Virtual Learning: COVID-19 Impact on Minority Communities
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When: 6/30/2020
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Where: Virtual Learning Event
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Virtual Learning: COVID-19 Impact on Minority Communities


Event Overview:
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the world and has exacerbated disparities with minority communities especially here in northeast Ohio. Join panelists Marcia Moreno of AmMore  who will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx communities; Bethany Studenic of Enlightened Solutions who will discuss the research on workplace and healthcare needs for Black women; and Ericka Thoms of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, who will highlight local and national legislation focused on the economic response to the COVID-19 crisis. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jejuana Brown of Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Our learning objectives for the event will be:

  • Review the systemic impact of COVID-19 to minority communities in Northeast Ohio
  • Identify potential barriers to workplace inclusion due to COVID-19
  • Discuss pivot strategies that transition to and support inclusive and equitable workplaces

This program has been submitted for SHRM and HRCI recertification credit hour.

Event Information:
June 30, 2020
Program 12:00-1:00 PM

Virtual Event- webinar link is provided in registration confirmation email

Free to everyone

Speaker Information:

Bethany Studenic is the co-founder of Enlightened Solutions, a nonprofit organization focused on equity and inclusion. Enlightened Solutions completes research and supports organizations in building thriving teams. Bethany is a social worker, and holds her Juris Doctor, with over a decade of community and social change experience. 

Jejuana C. Brown is a Program Manager within Greater Cleveland Partnership’s (GCP) Equity & Inclusion division. She is responsible for cultivating engaging and forward-thinking diversity and inclusion programming & events. Prior to joining GCP, Jejuana managed strategic projects for several departments at Cleveland State University (CSU). She earned a Bachelor of Nonprofit Administration, a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Development and a graduate certificate in diversity management from CSU. Jejuana also leads sessions on leadership, and diversity and inclusion topics at regional and national conferences.

An active community member, Jejuana is a board member and chair of the governance committee for the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center. She also serves on several local committees including the Women’s Leadership Advisory Committee for the Levin College of Urban Affairs, the Alumni Advisory Committee for the Cleveland Leadership Center and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Cleveland SHRM.

Ericka Thoms is a government relations liaison in the Corporate Communications and Engagement Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She staffs the Public Official Outreach Program. Prior to joining the Cleveland Fed she worked as a public policy analyst at Voices for Ohio’s Children and The Center for Community Solutions.  She graduated from Hiram College in 1993 with a degree in History and from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996.

Marcia V. Moreno, M.A. is a self-driven, proactive and creative talent management professional with 10+ years of experience developing environments for a more diverse and inclusive workplace by leveraging a unique blend of skills from corporate and non-profit. In 2018 she founded AmMore Consulting LLC, the first Cleveland company committed to creating more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces by supporting organizations develop long-lasting strategies and systems to effectively attract, recruit and retain Latinx talent to succeed and thrive in Greater Cleveland.  
Marcia came from Chile to the US in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree in Communications Theory and Methodology at Cleveland State University and since then she has dedicated her career to empowering Latinx to become a true economic and cultural force in their communities. Marcia is deeply and passionately involved in various local organizations such as Young Latino Network, Global Cleveland, CSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College Now of Greater Cleveland, Hispanic Council at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, among others.
For the past 14 years, Marcia has worked tirelessly to create paths to diversify the workforce landscape of Cleveland. With a strong research background, a natural talent to connect with people from different backgrounds and at different levels, Marcia can navigate the community and build strong relationships to drive organizational transformation and growth.




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