Cleveland Cohort

A $140,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation is enabling Miami University's College of Education, Health and Society (EHS) to develop and pilot a Cleveland Urban Cohort program that will create an immersive learning experience for Miami students and faculty in Cleveland's near West Side.

"Many people will benefit from a community-focused approach to education like the Cleveland Urban Cohort program—from the young people in the classrooms on the near West Side of Cleveland to the college students who are drawn to teaching in urban areas," said Helen Williams, program director for education at the Cleveland Foundation. "We applaud Miami University's efforts to provide culturally proficient teachers and other professionals to our community."

The Cleveland Urban Cohort will explore a holistic approach to meeting the needs of urban families. In addition to its focus on teacher preparation, the Cleveland program will involve students and faculty from other departments within EHS, including family studies, social work, educational leadership and health studies. The program will also utilize faculty scholars, who will work with community leaders on projects to benefit the community while enhancing their own understanding of urban issues.

"The Cleveland Foundation's partnership is very meaningful as we launch an Urban Cohort program that has tremendous potential to impact not only Miami students but also Cleveland's near West Side community, said Carine Feyten, EHS Dean. "We are excited to expand this inspiring program into another of Ohio's urban centers while involving more of our talented students and faculty."

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation's second largest. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, grantmaking and providing leadership on vital issues.

Learn how the contributions of Tom '59 and Sandy Sullivan have made the Cleveland Urban Cohort possible.

- Article courtesy of Miami's Panuska Development Center