Rhonda Crowder
Rhonda Crowder

Stories by: Rhonda Crowder

Rhonda Crowder worked as a general assignment reporter for the Call and Post Newspaper for 11 years and has served as associate publisher of "Who's Who in Black Cleveland" since 2013. She currently runs a creative services agency, is VP of print for the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists, and coordinates Hough Reads literacy initiative. Her debut novel is titled "Riddles."
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How are Black women faring in Cleveland? Project Noir 2024 aims to find out
In response to Cleveland's 2020 ranking as the worst city in overall outcomes for Black Women, Enlightened Solutions' initiated Project Noir—a study to assesses local disparities. Now the organization has launched Project Noir 2024 to reassess if, and how, things have changed.
Climate and Community Champions Celebration: Global Shapers celebrate 10 years of making an impact
Last week, the Global Shapers Community Cleveland Hub celebrated with Black Environmental Leaders its 10th year of working toward improving the climate and changing the community for the better at its 4C: Climate and Community Champions Celebration at the Pivot Center for Art, Dance and Expression.
Safe at home: Shaping the future of healthy, affordable, and equitable housing
Global Shapers Cleveland Hub and Black Environmental Leaders put together a panel of local housing leaders to discuss Cleveland's housing challenges—like affordable housing shortages, deteriorating infrastructure, and housing segregation—and proposed some solutions at its final Environmental Justice conversation.
The air we breathe: How local agencies are working for cleaner air
The effects of air pollution are far reaching—creating and aggravating breathing problems, damaging wildlife and forests, creating greenhouse gases and accelerating global warming. The Global Shapers Cleveland Hub and Black Environmental Leaders recently hosted a discussion among Cleveland air quality experts, who talked about the problems, the health disparities in Cleveland's poor and minority neighborhoods, and what can be done to improve our city that ranks as one of the worst in the country.
Can the city of Cleveland make better use of its vacant land?
More than 3,700 acres of vacant land in the City of Cleveland can present environmental and health issues. Members of a panel discussion hosted by Global Shapers Cleveland hub share solutions for using the city's vacant land in ways that promote healthy neighborhoods.
A thirst for water equity: Local experts express concerns about accessibility to affordable water
Cleveland Global Shapers, an international network of young people driving dialogue, action, and change, recently convened a panel of local thought leaders to discuss water health, equity, and access in our region. Read what the panelists had to say.
Filling a need: Resource closets provide basic supplies and food to struggling Clevelanders
Too many Clevelanders, especially those living in the city's predominantly Black and underserved neighborhoods, struggle to make ends meet as a result of unemployment and underemployment. Many area organizations are working hard to meet the needs of people. Three Cleveland organizations are taking grassroots, creative approaches to supplying basic resources.
Shaping the future of the environmental impact of transportation: What’s the solution?
In its series about the environment, Global Shapers recently held a conversation with local thought leaders on the future of transportation and the environment.

A rising tide: Cleveland residents invest in making their neighborhoods better
Neighborhood disinvestment and quality housing are two of the top reasons why racism is considered a public health crisis. But residents in some Black Cleveland neighborhoods are investing time and effort to make their neighborhoods safe, bright, and beautiful.
Two generations of environmental advocates warn of climate change urgency
Baby Boomers and GenZ may be decades apart in age, but in the case of climate change two women of different generations involved with Black Environmental Leaders are on the same page. 
How the distributive leadership model gets more done for environmental justice
Black Environmental Leaders Association and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub have seemed to figure out a way to get more done with fewer people—approaching the work from a distributive leadership model—where everyone is a leader in the fight for environmental justice. Meet five of those leaders and their motivations behind the work they do.
Black Environmental Leaders and Global Shapers collaborate to fight environmental injustices
The Black Environmental Leaders Association (BEL) and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub, have partnered to advance environmental justice in some very intentional and unique ways.
Beauty for Ashes: One family’s struggle to overcome barriers and birth a child
While pregnant with her second child, Chasity Strawder was diagnosed with a digestive disease. She felt ignored, hopeless, and misinformed. Ten years later, Strawder is now a voice for other women who have lost hope during their struggles.
First Year Cleveland’s OWN works to improve maternal and infant health outcomes
Dedicated to preventing infant deaths in Northeast Ohio, First Year Cleveland has created an extensive support network to promote the physical and mental health of parents who have experienced a loss.
City of Cleveland takes heed, declares racism a public health crisis
Cleveland City Council declared racism a public health crisis last week. With 23 organizations supporting the resolution, the real work begins in wiping out inequities across the city and Northeast Ohio.
Reducing infant mortality in Cleveland by ‘centering’ on prenatal careBeauty for Ashes
Increasingly popular CenteringPregnancy programs expand on the traditional prenatal check-ups by letting expecting mothers share their learning experiences in a group setting.
Business Growth Collaborative helps Cleveland minority entrepreneurs break down barriers
The Business Growth Collaborative brings 11 Northeast Ohio nonprofits together to help minority entrepreneurs and small-business owners grow and develop.
Should Cleveland declare racism a public health crisis?
The idea that racism is a public health crisis will be explored Nov. 8 and 9 at Public Auditorium at a Call to Action Summit titled 400 Years of Inequity.
How to remedy the lack of diversity in the tech talent pool
Northeast Ohio tech companies are realizing that to fill the growing demand for local talent, they need to work with programs nurturing minority students.
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