UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS ZIMPHER, GRAHAM, VOTRUBA CO-CHAIR
BRIDGES ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
58th Annual Dinner To Be Held June 5, 2008


01/24/08–  Nancy L. Zimpher, President of the University of Cincinnati, Father Michael J. Graham,
President of Xavier University, and James C. Votruba, President of Northern Kentucky University
will team-up as co-chairs of the 58th BRIDGES for a Just Community Annual Awards Dinner.  The
awards dinner serves as BRIDGES’ major annual fundraiser – the event will be held on June 5,
2008 at the Duke Energy Center.   At the dinner, BRIDGES will recognize four local citizens who
have made significant contributions to the improvement of human relations in the community.  

“Having three leading university presidents serving as our annual dinner co-chairs demonstrates
unprecedented support for BRIDGES and the work we do,” said Robert C. “Chip” Harrod,
President and CEO of BRIDGES.   “We share a vision for a community that promotes inclusion and
justice – a goal that brings many of us together to celebrate our success and challenge ourselves
to continue to improve,” he added.  Dr. Zimpher is a resident of Walnut Hills.  Fr. Graham lives on
the Xavier University campus.  Dr. Votruba lives in Northern Kentucky.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact Nina Jackson at
BRIDGES at 513-381-4660.  BRIDGES for a Just Community brings people together to achieve
inclusion, equity and justice for all who live and work in the Greater Cincinnati community. As the
region’s leading human relations organization, BRIDGES’ vision is to create a respectful,
equitable and welcoming community for all citizens through education, advocacy and dialogue.
Formerly the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Greater Cincinnati,
BRIDGES for a Just Community has served the region since 1944.  For more information, call
BRIDGES at 513-381-4660 or visit or
www.bridgescincinnati.org.
On 01/15/2007, William L. Mallory, Sr. was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Art
Consortium of Cincinnati's 17th Dreamkeeper Awards Gathering in observance of Martin Luther
King Day.  Mr. Curtis J. Fuller received the Dreamkeeper Award and Ms. Priscilla Virginia Charles
received the Youth Dreamkeeper Award.  Entertainment was provided by the Greater New Hope
Missionary Baptist Church Praise Dancers (photo below) and Allen Temple Church Empty Vessel
Dance Ministry.
On 03/12/2007, the Wise Center in Amberley hosted a forum on the historical, social and
economical aspects of immigration. Shown in photo above are the panelists from left to right: Dan
Hurley, Assistant Director of History at the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Reverend William
Jansen, Director of Hispanic Ministries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Dr. Nancy Bertaux,
Professor of Economics at Xavier University and Sean Arthurs, Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Greater
Cincinnati. Shown insert in upper right is Professor Marianne Bettman who moderated the lively
discussion with the audience.
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NCCJ of Greater Cincinnati becomes
"BRIDGES FOR A JUST COMMUNITY"
Photo above: On 11/17/2006, the National Conference for Community & Justice of Greater
Cincinnati announced a change in organizational affiliation and is re-launched as
BRIDGES FOR A
JUST COMMUNITY.  
Shown in the foreground of photograph above is Anne M. Zaring, with Chip
Harrod looking, on as she gives a press conference about the change atop the Purple People
Bridge in Cincinnati. Also in attendance are the members of the Board of Directors and staff.  
BRIDGES FOR A JUST COMMUNITY is now affiliated nationally with the new National Federation
for Just Communities, Inc.  As the region’s leading human relations organization,
BRIDGES FOR A
JUST COMMUNITY
 provides programming designed to meet community challenges related to
diversity, inclusion and social justice and will continue its exemplary work for a more inclusive,
equitable, and just community for all people.   To learn more about
BRIDGES FOR A JUST
COMMUNITY
and how you can get involved click this link: www.bridgescincinnati.org
THE CINCINNATI CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH
COMMITTEE
HOSTS THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON
On 11/16/2006, the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Jewish Committee hosted a
Thanksgiving Luncheon which was attended by a cross-section of the civic and
publication, AMERICA's TABLE: A Thanksgiving Reader.  The concluding page is
reproduced below:

We are the stewards of America,
her ideals and institutions, her cities and natural beauty.
We are entrusted to understand America's past and guide her future.
To create an ever more just America that is secure and free, abundant and caring for
all inhabitants.
We are thankful for the freedom to speak our minds,
We are thankful for the freedom to change our minds.
We are thankful for the freedom to chart our lives.
We are thankful for the freedom to work for a better world.
We are thankful for the freedom to celebrate this day.
IN AMERICA, each of use is entitled to a place at the table.

Copies of AMERICA's TABLE: A Thanksgiving Reader can be downloaded at America's Table
Photo above: On 10/24/2006, the National Conference for Community and Justice
of Greater Cincinnati (now known as
BRIDGES FOR A JUST COMMUNITY) was
recognized at a luncheon at Music Hall as one of the finalist of the Organizations of
Noteworthy Excellence (ONE) Awards.  The ONE Awards are given jointly by the
Cincinnati Business Courier and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.  According to
Courier Publisher Doug Bolton. "This program recognizes excellence using a
business lens, no matter what a non-profit's agenda happens to be,"  
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On 10/14/2006, the NCCJ of Greater Cincinnati (now known as BRIDGES
FOR A JUST COMMUNITY
) held its 8th Annual Walk-as-One
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WISE CENTER HOSTS FORUM ON IMMIGRATION
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FORUM.  On 06/26/2006, in photograph of speakers panel below from left to right, Sister Juana
"Chip" Harrod, Executive Director, National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ) of Greater
Cincinnati , and Byron McCauley, Associate Op-Ed Editor, The Cincinnati Enquirer, participated in a
panel discussion on immigration reform. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Cathy
McDaniels-Wilson.  Commissioner Michael Fox of Butler County also provided his thinking along
with many others. Click on photos to see Statements or go to
Blog Page to make your comment.
ROBERT "CHIP" HARROD ACCEPTS AWARD FROM LULAC
ON BEHALF OF BRIDGES FOR A JUST COMMUNITY
On 9//4/07, the League of United Latin American Citizens held its 2008 Community Awards Dinner
in the Great Hall of the Tangeman Center of the University of Cincinnati.  BRIDGES for a Just
Community received the Diversity Award. V. Anthony Simms-Howard won the Community Award,
Scott Stewart, Corporation Award, Dr. Mitch Livingtson, Educational Excellence, Gary Hines, Friend
of LULAC, George Perez, Hispanic Business Person, Sasha Rionda & Francisco Caceres, Media
Excellence, and Linda Schmidt, Government Excellence.  Liliana Rodriquez, Guillermina Pat
Camacho, and Juan Carlos Vargas won LULAC University Scholarships Prizes.  The keynote
speaker for the evening was Ohio Senator Eric Kearney.
Cincinnati to open the Community Dialogues of 2007
Bold Fusion - Agenda 360.   Bold Fusion - Agenda 360
is a collaborative project of Regional Chamber USA
with regional government and non-profits to help
young professionals first to rediscover and then to
revitalize the Greater Cincinnati Region.  Shown in
photo below is Charleston Wang who facilitated a
round table dialogue to explore such questions as
what is positive about Cincinnati, what are the region's top challenges, how to make
Cincinnati a great place to live, work and play, and what should Cincinnati look like in
the year 2020.  Finally, each participant received 10 $1 million dollar notes to spend
on their favorite community projects.  Photo courtesy of Alfonso Cornejo.  To find out
more about
Bold Fusion - Agenda 360, click here.
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Photo above: On 9/25/07, a group of people interested in
improving Cincinnati gathered for a meal and poetry
reading. The theme of contemplation for the evening
was  "Considering Yourself and Your City."  The event
organized by Public Allies of Cincinnati provided a
chance for people to break bread, read a couple of
short poems and freely discuss values, philosophy and
implications of being committed to community service. The
diverse group met at the Corryville Public Library and the
after dinner discussion was facilitated by Public Allies
alumnus Wil Pierce and Bridges staff member Robert Harris.  A poem by Nikki Giovianni and
another by Bertolt Brecht highlighted the readings.  A wonderful conversation followed.  Wish you
could meet and  talk with some active change agents and others about making change in social
services, race and  poverty issues or other topics of community needs?  Public Allies of
Cincinnati is an affiliate of BRIDGES for a Just Community and may be reached by
clicking here.
INVASION OF THE SPACE AMOEBA
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BRIDGES WALK FOR A JUST COMMUNITY
& FREEDOM RUN - OCTOBER 13, 2007
in both legs and left hand.  This did not deter him from becoming an accomplished artist with over
18 years of video production experience and 30 years in visual art.  Robert is currently the years as
the Education Coordinator for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.  The Greater
Cincinnati Bicentennial Committee has included Robert in its Portraits in Excellence.  Robert is an
Ohio winner of the "Victory Award" which he received from former First Lady Barbara Bush at a
ceremony at the White House. In 1994 he received the "Ohio Humanitarian Award - Employment
Equality" from Governor George Voinovich.   In 2002 Robert received the "Maurice Employment
Equality" from Governor George Voinovich.   In 2002 Robert received the "Maurice McCracken
Award for Peace and Justice" and in 2003 was included in Fifth Third Bank's "Profile in Courage."   
Robert's painting "Skyline" is part of the art collection of Cincinnati Bell.  Robert is very active in the
community and has been involved in many boards and committees, including the Ohio Arts
Council's Artist with Disabilities Advisory Council, the Contemporary Art Center, the United
Cerebral Palsy Center, University Affiliated Center for Developmental Disorders, the Aronoff
Center, the American Red Cross, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, United Way and
Community Chest.   Robert currently serves as a member of the Community Advisory Committee
of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Shown in photo above is Mr. Robert
Harris with some of his art at the New American Art Gallery II on the 2nd Floor of Tower Place Mall,
28 West Fourth Street, downtown Cincinnati.
 
THE ART OF
ROBERT HARRIS
AT THE NEW AMERICAN ART
GALLERY II
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Islamophobia Panel Discussion at
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Photo above:  On 02/03/2008, the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at
Xavier University sponsored a town meeting.  The topic was "Beyond Stereotypes:  
Islamophobia and the War on Terror."   Dr. James Buchanan, Director of the Center
Gottschalk, Associate Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University, Mohamed Nimer,
Research Direcgor of Council on American-Islamic Relations, and David Cole.
Professor of Law, Georgetown University,
CONSIDERING YOURSELF
AND YOUR CITY
A LETTER FROM DR. STEVE SUNDERLAND CONCERNING THE
LAKOTA SCHOOL PLAY
It was an honor to chair the December 8, 2007 forum at Lakota Schools Administrative Building. It
was my hope that educators from Lakota East, parents of children, and the cast and faculty putting
on the play, "And Then There Were None," would be in attendance. I had hoped that the first steps
in reconciliation might be started for both the educators, the students and those parents who had
felt maligned for asking the school to review the racist history of this play.

Sadly, only one teacher and one board member, of the 100 or so who came, were from the faculty
and school board. The absence of the teachers and staff spoke volumes about the depth of the
problems facing Lakota East and its multi-cultural community. The panel that spoke was organized
by Gary Hines, president of the NAACP. The goal of the forum was to clarify the facts about the
history of the play (Dr. Mark Christian, Miami University) and the facts about the request for that the
original play's title,  and bookcover, was explicitly racist. Changes in the title of the play and the
book it was based on have attempted to cover up the roots. Also, we heard from a Navajo student
the negative impact of the current title in communicating and insulting message about Native
people (Ms. Wendy Creekmore, a law student at Northern Kentucky University).

Mr. Hines also spoke about his desire to promote dialogue and not censorship at Lakota East as a
part of a broader discussion of the way in which people of all cultures can be respected. Perhaps
the most powerful talk of the night was by the mother who initiated the request for discussion. She
was deeply upset that, as a white parent, her children would have to be educated in a school
system that refused to look at facing the history of a play that was controversial (Ms. Jennifer
Ciancio, Lakota East school parent and member of the board, NAACP).

The controversy uncovered the ugliness of some of the reality of education in the affluent suburbs
of Cincinnati. Despite a tiny number of minority people in the district and the school, and, despite
the educational benefits of using a play to promote school and community education, the school
leadership has chosen the path of ignorance and hatred. The consequences of this choice will
reverberate throughout the school and the community. Parents who had hoped for a progressive
and respectful education for their children have to reconsider the placement of their children in this
school system. Minority parents who have chosen to live in this community now are on public
notice that tolerance, appreciation, and compassion are not to be expected in the education of their
children. Teachers thinking that 21st century education was what they were hired to work on, now
realize that hot topics like racial history are to be approached with great caution.

I hope that in the coming year Lakota East will address the important issues of educational truth,
social justice and cultural respect. Will leaders in the community step forward and bring this school
and its community into the necessary dialogue? Will teachers and students get the education they
will need in a world made up of many cultures and realities? The community watches Lakota East
for signs of progress -
Dr. Steve Sunderland 12/15/07.  To reach him click here.
Providing health care for all people in the Greater Cincinnati area is a great challenge. This situation
disparity.  The Center for Closing the Health Gap in Cincinnati is spearheading the efforts locally
disparity.  The Center for Closing the Health Gap in Cincinnati is spearheading the efforts locally
and has achieved a significant success in providing several opportunities for people from different
walk of life, particularly minority population. These include health education, use of different media
to alert people re: a healthy lifestyle, importance of preventive measures and conducting health
expos. Some of these activities have been done in conjunction with support from community
organizations and leaders including corporations, hospitals, churches and other organizations. On
April 13th and 14th of 2007, the Center for Closing the Health Gap conducted its 4th annual Health
Providing health care for all people in the Greater Cincinnati area is a great challenge. This situation
Expo at Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. The response was overwhelming
more than 4200 participants attended the fair. The preparation for Expo was in the works for about a
year.  Dr. S. Nemat Moussavian represented the Bridges for a Just Community and is a member of
the Board of Trustees and of the Issues Committee. He has been involved with the process and the
planning committee of the Expo. Generously donating his own time and resources, Dr. Moussavian,
a leading Cincinati gastroenterologist, conducted colon cancer screenings - overall more than 300
people were screened. Governor Ted Strickland and several other prominent leaders in the
community attended the Expo.  To reach Dr. Moussavian
click here.
FOCUS ON
NEMAT MOUSSAVIAN, M.D.