YWCA Greater Cleveland

It's Time to Talk

Friday, February 23, 2018
8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center

Throughout the past few years, we’ve seen numerous stories across the nightly news and on social media that have exposed the very deep and real ways in which racial profiling and unconscious bias have caused harm to our communities and fellow citizens.

Today, more than ever, it is essential that we step out of our comfort zones and engage with multiple voices, and embrace the reality that various perspectives are necessary for problem solving. ITT hopes to create a safe space for participants to listen to, learn from and teach others, so that we may find positive solutions for community change.


Schedule, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Guest registration 
Gallery walk, with conversation-starting imagery 
Continental breakfast 

9:00 – 10:00 AM 
Keynote speakers: Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee 

10:00 – 10:15 AM
Move to Circle Conversation locations 

10:15 – 11:15 AM
Circle Conversations about race and racism in small groups 

11:15 – 11:25 AM
Move to World Cafe locations 

11:25 AM – 12:30 PM
World Cafe - Facilitated discussion about action steps and community needs 

12:30 – 1:00 PM
Lunch and networking 

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Regroup in Auditorium 
Conclusion, commitment to community change


Would you like to sponsor It's Time to Talk?

The proceeds from this event will directly support YWCA Greater Cleveland's ongoing efforts to stand up for social justice, host workshops and conversations about race, and join existing efforts that support our mission of eliminating racism.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor It's Time to Talk
please fill out and return the form below to Sandra Fletcher, Director of Administration

Scan and email the sponsorship form to sfletcher@ywcaofcleveland.org
or call 216.881.6878 for more information.

Become a Sponsor

About our Featured Speakers: Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee

Andrew Collins was a police officer with the Benton Harbor Police Department for nearly 5 years until he resigned due to an investigation for misconduct and then served 18 months in federal prison for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

Jameel Zookie McGee was in the process of opening his own business when he was arrested by Collins on false drug charges. He was sentenced to 10 years and served four years in federal prison until his case was overturned when Collins admitted to falsifying evidence.

After being released, both men worked together at Café Mosaic, a coffee shop and community development program in Benton Harbor. Now Collins works as a staff associate for Young Life South West Michigan and McGee is part of Americorps working directly for E.S.S. Emergency Shelter Services, where he assists the homeless in finding housing. Their story has been featured on CBS Evening News, the Steve Harvey Show, and the documentary film "Walking While Black." Mcgee and Collins regularly speak together at universities, schools, churches, and civic organizations about their path to forgiveness and friendship.

Their newly-released book, Convicted, tells the incredible story of Andrew and Jameel. "As current as today's headlines, this explosive, true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation." - Amazon description


Day of Event Details

We are so excited for our 4th annual Forum on Race: It's Time to Talk. If you are planning to attend ITT there are a few things you should know.

  • On the day of the forum, please check the local news, or Cuyahoga Community College's website to see if the Eastern Campus is closed due to bad weather. If Tri-C East is closed on Feb. 23rd the event will be rescheduled.
  • Directions to Tri-C East can be found HERE
  • Attire is business casual.
  • Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins will be signing copies of their book "Convicted" after the program ends at 1:30 PM.
  • Guests should park in lots B1/B2 to enter the Humanities Center.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


This program is supported by grant number 2017-VOCA-43552111
awarded by the Ohio Attorney General's office.
Victims of Federal Crime will be served.


This is event is also sponsored by






The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Enterprise Community Partners



We are on a mission for social justice. Get involved!