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Project Noir in the Media

In early 2020, Cleveland was ranked last as a livable city for Black Women. In response, ChiChi Nkemere and Bethany Studenic, co-founders of Enlightened Solutions sought out listen to the voices of Black women in Cleveland. Join The City Club as we hear from the writers of Project Noir and other stakeholders on how we can better support Black women in our communities.

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Bethany Studenic and Chinenye (ChiChi) Nkemere are co-founders of Enlightened Solutions, a Cleveland-based nonprofit that produced a report titled “Project Noir: “Cleveland is Failing Black Women.” The report collected stories from 450 Black women in Northeast Ohio about harassment, discrimination and abuse in health care, education and the workplace.

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After a conversation with the two women behind Project Noir, ChiChi Nkemere and Bethany Studenic, Ideastream wanted to dig further into these inequities by talking to some of the actual survey respondents. Enlightened Solutions connected us with a few women that we'll begin this hour talking to. 

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CourtneyCoversCleveland partnered with Enlightened Solutions to present a research project focused on gaining insight and tangible knowledge from the experiences of Black Women in Cleveland. The final report culminated into Project Noir. 

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On the "Sound of Ideas," the audience began the hour by learning more about the results of the [Project Noir], released to the public on October 4, 2021. Joining the conversation are the two women behind Project Noir, Chi Chi Nkemere and Bethany Studenic, co-founders of Enlightened Solutions. 

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Cleveland is home to three world-class healthcare hubs, but it's placing last in livability for Black women. According to a recent study from Enlightened Solutions called Project Noir, that's because of a lack of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, healthcare and education in Cleveland.

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Cleveland was recently ranked the worst place in America for Black Women within the areas of healthcare, education, and economics/workplaces. Northeast Ohio has the opportunity to position itself as posed for seismic and innovative change. [Media]

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Join researchers and co-founders Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere of Enlightened Solutions as they discuss their research into the lived experiences of Black Women in Cleveland. We will cover the stories and patterns that emerged from this study, and how organizations can begin applying the lessons learned from speaking with Black Women in our community.

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Two Northeast Ohio residents have created a project called Project Noir, a study with a series of questions that appraises the depths of struggles for Black women in Cleveland.

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Bethany Studenic and Chinenye (ChiChi) Nkemere have turned the Girlboss archetype right side up, becoming female founders who’re concerned with the welfare of other women before their own, and have created a company that strives for systemic change.

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As the nation continues its discussion of racism and policing, trans people are seven times more likely to experience physical violence when interacting with the police, and nearly half of all Black transgender people have been incarcerated. 

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From health care to education to economics, a recent study has revealed the worst cities for African American women to live, work and thrive in the United States. Cleveland is at the top of the list.

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“Project Noir” is a research project focused on gaining insight and tangible knowledge from the experiences of Black Women in Cleveland based on three livability metrics: healthcare, education, and workplaces. They will work together with The LGBT* Center of Greater Cleveland and The Center for Community Solutions for research assistance.

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Enlightened Solutions in the Media

The Changer-Makers: Stories That Inspire - Enlightened Solutions focuses on unearthing, codifying and publishing tangible and measurable inclusion-forward solutions for individuals and organizations alike. We were founded on the belief that iterative inclusion-forward equity is essential to build economically sustainable, 21st Century systems. 

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How far has Cleveland come in the year since George Floyd died? Enlightened Solutions co-founders Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere add to the conversation. 

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March 9, 2021

Virtual Discussion on Hidden Bias

Enlightened Solutions co-founders Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere join a panel of other experts to discuss bias after our special on-air presentation of "The Hidden Bias of Good People." 

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In 2019, Cleveland was ranked the worst place in America for Black Women in terms of Work, Education, and Healthcare. Join researchers and co-founders Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere of Enlightened Solutions as they discuss their research into the lived experiences of Black Women in Cleveland. We will cover the stories and patterns that emerged from this study. [link] [link]

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Diversity of all kinds is on full display in new leadership. Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere comment on the change. 

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November 13, 2020

Chinenye (ChiChi) Nkemere and Bethany Studenic are no strangers to inequities when it comes to systems of power in Cleveland; it’s the whole reason the pair co-founded Enlightened Solutions in 2017. 

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Hosted by FreshWater contributing editor Jen Jones Donatelli, this limited-run series shines the spotlight on six Cleveland trailblazers affecting change in their communities — namely the 2020 Fresh Innovators, as honored at Spark 2020: Grit to Great event in September 2020 by the Cleveland Leadership Center and Marcum LLP, in tandem with FreshWater Cleveland. 

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Enlightened Solutions co-founders Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere present Getting to the Work: Allyship at work and at home. The discussion will focus on both personal and organizational allyship and how allies and advocates can do the work at home and bring it to the workplace to ignite change. [Video]

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How do you define allyship? ChiChi Nkemere and Bethany Studenic run Enlightened Solutions, an organization that creates, implements and publishes solutions that center on the lived experiences of diverse people. Tait Manning, a high school senior, also joined the conversation. 

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Cleveland will take center stage tonight, politically speaking, when Joe Biden and Donald Trump square off to present their visions for the future of our country against the backdrop of COVID-19, economic catastrophe, climate emergency, and a national reckoning on race. 

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As the nation continues its discussion of racism and policing, trans people are seven times more likely to experience physical violence when interacting with the police, and nearly half of all Black transgender people have been incarcerated. 

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Bullying doesn’t stop at school—workplace bullying is on the rise, with more than 60 million U.S. workers affected (according to a 2017 Workplace Bullying Institute survey). Yet the U.S. is the only industrialized Western nation not to have laws against abusive workplace conduct.

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