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TEDx Salon

TEDx Salon events are smaller events that keep our TEDx community engaged between regular TEDxClevelandStateUniversity events, offering a unique, more intimate type of gathering with an emphasis on discussion and idea sharing.

TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Presents The Resurgent City

A TEDx Salon hosted by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Friday, March 31
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
CSU Ballroom

Metropolitan centers throughout the United States are experiencing a revival with people, businesses and community institutions moving to and investing in downtown cities in a manner not seen in decades. The positive impact of this revival has been significant for economic and community development but more work needs to be done to ensure that all citizens of America’s cities have equal access to quality health care, education and job opportunities.

Anchor Institutions, such as hospitals, universities and churches, have a key role to play in continuing and enhancing the metropolitan revival. This goes beyond the “If you build it they will come” mentality of the past and includes being an engaged and active participant in promoting healthcare access, educational attainment and neighborhood development in the areas they serve. This TEDx Salon will discuss the role anchor institutions have played in the resurgence of cities, how they can enhance efforts to ensure this revival is available to all citizens and neighborhoods, as well as present best practices that can be disseminated nationally. The Salon will also delve deeper into several key areas of urban policy that anchor institutions can and should play a major role in addressing. These include: post-secondary attainment, the continued development of the “New Economy” and police/community relations.


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Roland Anglin, Dean of Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Roland Anglin serves as dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU and is a widely recognized and highly respected authority on community economic development, with more than 25 years of experience spanning the academic, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the chancellor and director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. In the latter position, he managed the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, an initiative designed to increase higher education attainment rates in Newark, N.J.

Ronnie Dunn, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University

Professor Dunn’s research and teaching interests include racial and social justice, crime and the criminal justice system, policing, diversity and issues affecting minorities and the urban poor. He is the author of the book Racial Profiling: Causes and Consequences and was appointed by Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board in 2015.

Lee Fisher, Interim Dean and Visiting Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Lee Fisher is the interim dean and visiting professor of law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Among a diverse career spanning the private, public, nonprofit and academic sectors, Fisher is most widely known for his extensive public service , having served as Attorney General of Ohio from 1991-1995, and as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 2007-2011. Prior to those terms, he spent eight years as an Ohio State Senator and two years as an Ohio State Representative. He has also served as a partner with Hahn Loeser & Parks and as president and CEO of the Center for Families and Children and later as president and CEO of CEOs for Cities.

Danette Howard, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Lumina Foundation

Danette Howard, is chief strategy officer and senior vice president at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education. Howard oversees Lumina’s efforts to reform state and federal higher education policy and mobilize employers, metropolitan areas, higher education institutions and other key actors to improve postsecondary attainment. She previously served as secretary of higher education for the state of Maryland.

Ted Howard, President, Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland

Ted Howard is the co-founder and president of The Democracy Collaborative, which seeks to transform economic systems to enhance equitable and inclusive outcomes, foster ecological sustainability, and promote flourishing democratic and community life. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Economic Alternatives and as the Steven Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice at The Cleveland Foundation.

Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland State University

Professor Witmer-Rich is a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice reform and criminal procedure. He currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Advisory Committee to Consider Bail Reform and as counsel to the Criminal Rules Committee of the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.