Homeport, COSI and Kirwin Institute host diversity awareness training for non-profit housing providers

Homeport teamed up with COSI and the Kirwan Institute Monday together with sponsors Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, Community Housing Network and Cramer & Associates to provide Diversity Awareness Training for non-profit housing providers based upon COSI’s current exhibit Race: Are We So Different? More than 250 people from 12 different organizations gathered to experience the exhibit and participate in a facilitated discussion.

“We are so fortunate to have rich local resources such as COSI and the Kirwan Institute to help us explore the topic of race, and ultimately, better serve our community.” said Amy D. Klaben, CEO/president of Homeport. “It was inspiring to have so many organizations come together to experience this training together.”

The exhibit Race:  Are We So Different? will be featured at COSI until May 6, 2012. The interactive exhibit explores the realities of race, through the perspectives of history, science and personal experience.

For those interested in exploring in more depth the topic of diversity, The Kirwan Institute will hold its Transforming Race 2012: Visions of Change conference May 15-17, 2012 at the Downtown Columbus Sheraton Hotel.

About Homeport: Homeport (also known as Columbus Housing Partnership) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community For more information, please visit: www.homeportohio.org

About COSI: COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — serving nearly 30 million visitors since 1964. Parents Magazine recently named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at cosi.org.

About Kirwan Institute: The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute partners with people, communities, and institutions worldwide to think about, talk about, and act on race in ways that create and expand opportunity for all. For more information about the Kirwan Institute, go to:kirwaninstitute.org.