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City Year Columbus and City Year Cleveland come together for Spring 2021 Event: Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020

April 27th, 2021

COLUMBUS, OHIO – City Year sites in Columbus and Cleveland have joined forces to host a community conversation around the events of 2020: a year of social unrest, changes to daily life in our communities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two sites will host the collaborative panel discussion which will also focus on the importance of supporting racial equity and social justice work in the corporate community.

Community members are invited to join City Year’s Ohio sites for this free virtual event, “Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 19.

The event will feature the following panelists: Dr. Mark Lomax (Community Research and Grants Management Officer at the Columbus Foundation), Dr. Adrianne Fletcher (Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion at Case Western Reserve University), Gregory Jones (Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Keybank), and Priscilla Hammonds (Assistant Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion and Community Relations at Grange Insurance Co.). The conversation will be moderated by Ralph Smithers (Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Community Relations at Encova Insurance) and will provide opportunities for City Year AmeriCorps members to share their service experiences. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with panelists.

Advancing Racial Equity Beyond 2020 is sponsored by COTA, Encova Insurance, Allliance Data and Ernst & Young. Interested attendees can register for the event online at

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City Year helps students and schools succeed, while preparing the next generation of civically engaged leaders who can work across lines of difference. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide support to students, classrooms and the whole school. Schools that partner with City Year are up to two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, and the more time students spend with AmeriCorps members, the more they improve on social, emotional and academic skills— skills that help students thrive in school and contribute to their community. City Year partners with public schools in 29 communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Learn more at or on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts:
Megan Simmons
Development Manager, City Year Columbus

Teresa Schleicher
Managing Director of Development, City Year Cleveland