From the Desk of the Executive Director
Dr. Ericka King-Betts
1 Year in Review
It's hard to believe that I've been at my post for 1 year. In this 1st year, the agency has worked diligently to shore up its foundation through a significant focus on improving internal controls & communication, programming/initiatives, establishing new partnership & re-establishing others and expanding the donor base through annual giving.
During the 1st year, the agency also had a renewed focus on being out in the community listening & working to help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination and build mutual respect and understanding by bringing individuals and groups together for dialogue (forum Beyond Trayvon); by sharing cultural experiences (March Human Relations Month Cultural Tasting & Experience); conversation and partnership (Forum w/ HOME “My Neighborhood is Different-What Happens Next”; a conference that focuses on intergroup relationship (NAHRW Midwest Regional Conference) and History project that will bring the agency’s history to life. CHRC also continues its focus to listen to the voices of Youth (ex. Peace Bowl, Great Youth Debate& Night at the Mic) who also seek to live in inclusive communities free of prejudice and discrimination & anyone who wants to turn their life around by leaving behind violent pasts in order to find peace.
In addition to the aforementioned, as one of the founding agencies, CHRC has also been very fortunate to serve on the MLK Coalition and assist with planning & fundraising for the MLK Day Breakfast, March, Interfaith Program & Music Hall Program. CHRC also assisted with planning a Memorial Baseball game for a fallen officer and has representation on Councilmember Simpson’s Youth Advisory Commission; the Bishop Task Force on Racial Profiling & Reconciliation; U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and numerous other coalitions and committees in the community and with the City’s elected officials.
The agency is also a strong supporter of our affiliates and other agencies that share similar missions and visions. The staff & I have attended numerous symposiums, annual meetings, neighborhood parades and were honored to support the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction, Community Action Agency luncheon, Soteni International cupcake affair and the YWCA’s Heart to Heart Racial Justice Breakfast.
There’s still a lot of work to do to in our newly renovated space, but I’m confident that the CHRC will continue to fight this good fight. We have an amazing staff and Board and will continue to connect cultures and communities during the most critical of times.