Community Relations Commission

The Worthington Community Relations Commission created this list of anti-racism resources to help our community understand and learn about race and the latest guidance on how to become an anti-racist.

Featured Programs:

Take the 21-day Racial Justice and Social Equity Challenge

listening circle crcThe City of Worthington Community Relations Commission is partnering with Worthington Libraries to host a 21-day Racial Justice and Social Equity Challenge for the Worthington community. Through each step of this challenge, you can build more effective social justice habits and learn more about issues related to voting, education, criminal justice reform and public health. Weekly Listening Circles will connect participants and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. To participate in the weekly online discussions, registration is required. The challenge and first discussion begin on Thursday, October 22, 2020. 

Register for the weekly Listening Circles

Daily Challenge Topics and Materials

The Making of Metropolitan Inequality

The Making of Metropolitan Inequality: The Role of Suburbs in Perpetuating Metropolitan Inequality

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Presented by the Worthington Community Relations Commission, The Making of Metropolitan Inequality explores the policies and processes that segregated our society through the lens of the creation of suburban spaces. Speaker Glennon Sweeney, Senior Research Associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, focuses on 20th-century development policies, how they were designed to segregate our society, and what policies and processes have been utilized to maintain that segregation over time. This particular talk focuses on Worthington, Ohio and the role that the suburb plays in metropolitan Columbus. Key topics include housing, development, and education policies, neighborhood and school segregation, and the impacts of these policies and processes on our metropolitan opportunity landscape.

This video was recorded from a live presentation on August 22, 2020.

About the Community Relations Commission

The Community Relations Commission (CRC) works to promote an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation among all members of the Worthington community. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to Worthington City Council on community issues related to fair and equal treatment for all persons. The CRC annually sponsors the Good Neighbor Award, the Neighborhood Grant Program, and the Martin Luther King Community Celebration and many other programs of community interest. Community members are encouraged to get involved by volunteering with the CRC on one of its working groups focusing on Age-Friendly, Youth, and Racial Justice initiatives. For more information, contact staff liaison Lori Trego by email or by phone at 614-854-7171.

Non-Discrimination Ordinance

City Council approved the Non-Discrimination Ordinance in May 2019. It clarifies that people may not be treated differently in Worthington because of a protected characteristic. The CRC recommended the ordinance to promote tolerance, respect and inclusion in the Worthington Community. See details here 

Previous Programs

Meetings

  • 7:00 pm
  • First Tuesday of each month
  • Worthington Municipal Building
    6550 N. High St.
    Worthington, OH 43085

Members

  • Eddie Pauline, Chair
  • Angela Courtwright Mahaffey, Vice-Chair
  • Nick Linkenhoker  
  • Glennon Sweeney
  • Tom Burns
  • Meg Kane
  • Beth Mirmelstein
  • Maria Ramirez
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille
  • Lori Trego, Staff Liaison

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