Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community Forum
About the Event
Lived experiences of residents in Dearborn and surrounding communities will be shared through four virtual community forums, as well as a dialogue on what’s working, what’s in the works, and possible solutions for what’s not.
The forums will be held on the third Saturday of each month from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on the following topics and dates (click previous date listings for info and full video of the event):
- Saturday, February 20 – Small Business & Entrepreneurship- Click to view this information
- Saturday, March 20 – Community Safety
- Saturday, April 17 – Real Estate Development
- Saturday, May 15 – Healthcare, Education and Other Resources
Due to the current status of public events, these community forums will be held virtually. More details will be provided closer to the time of each event.
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April DE&I Community Forum
Saturday, April 17th – 12-1:30 PM via Zoom
Topic: Real Estate Development
Robbya R. Green-Weir’s diversity, equity, and inclusion experience spans over 28 years. Her diversity journey began working for one of the top three health systems in metropolitan Detroit in community-based research on health disparities.
Her expertise includes designing, executing, and facilitating innovative initiatives and translating research for operational change. One of her innovative initiatives, Enterprising Health, was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business
Robbya received corporate recognition for Your Journey to Wellness, a community-based health education program focused on the African American church population. She authored one of Crain’s Innovation through Diversity Award nominating a Multicultural Dermatology Clinic. She facilitated her employer receiving their first Diversity Inc. award. Robbya also has several publications and presentations to professional audiences on various diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.
Her passions include access to care for vulnerable populations, health system approach to addressing social determinants of health, and preparing minority and women students to fill the pipeline to leadership in healthcare organizations.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University; a graduate certificate in Community Medicine, Research & Evaluation from Wayne State University; a certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Leadership.
She is currently the founder of Destin Reese Collaborative, Inc., and an Assistant Professor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in the Division of Health Care Management.
Darren Audia, Director of Real Estate – Beaumont Health
David Norwood, Sustainability Coordinator – City of Dearborn
Dave has worked at the City of Dearborn since 1992 in the Legal Department, Mayor’s Office and as the Director of the Department of Building & Safety. Since July 2009 Dave has been the Sustainability Coordinator for the city.
Dave also serves as project lead or manager on several sustainability projects- residential curbside recycling, “greening” the city’s fleet, implementing energy efficiency projects, bike sharing, urban forestry, and stormwater management projects. Dave is the primary municipal partner in the Healthy Dearborn Coalition which is a community wide effort to improve health and wellness in Dearborn.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and secondary education certificate from the University of Michigan- Dearborn and a Juris Doctor degree with an Environmental Law focus from the Detroit College of Law.
Jermaine Ruffin, Associate Director for Equitable Planning & Legislative Affairs – City of Detroit-Planning & Development
Jermaine R. Ruffin holds a BA from Michigan State University-James Madison College and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan-Taubman College. Jermaine has held various positions in the fields of community and economic development on both the state and municipal level. He is currently the Associate Director for Equitable Planning & Legislative Affairs with the City of Detroit. Jermaine currently serves as a Board Member for the Michigan Redevelopment Ready Communities program, Advisory Board Member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and Board Member for the East Warren Development Corporation (Detroit). Jermaine also hosts The Streets Are Planning Podcast where he discusses a wide range of issues impacting neighborhoods & cities across the world.
Juana Woodson, President – Xanadu Limited Casino and Real Estate Develoment
As president of Xanadu Limited Casino and Real Estate Development, Inc., Juana is a real-estate investment and land development veteran. She was twice featured on the front page of the “Detroit News& Free Press Sunday Edition” as lead developer of Campeau Farms, a 180 – condominium development in downtown Detroit. Juana has been featured in local, national and international press as the past designated casino developer for the city of Highland Park, Michigan, with a long term designation for same. As vice president and treasurer of Marwood Real-Estate Development Corp., Juana was involved in the condemnation and land assembly of many of the major projects in Detroit for the past 30 years, including, but not limited to Pole Town, Ford Field, Comerica Park, Mack Plants 1&2, the Michigan Science Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum.
By way of the Warren Conner Development Association, she was a contributing writer for the City of Detroit’s Real-Estate Development Guidelines Manual. With an eye for detail and a proven track record in advertising, marketing, public relations and international business, Juana was a founding member of an influential power women’s organization: The (RWG) Renaissance Women’s Group. Juana graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and pursued a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University. Juana is a native of Flint, Michigan.
Current Status: At Milton Manufacturing she serves as the Director of Civic Engagement and in the entrepreneurial spirit, as a partner in the Xanadu Real-Estate Development Company LLC, she serves as Co-Developer, on a soon to be announced, proposed 1000-acre urban development.
Other Panelists Include:
Kaileigh Bianchini – Senior Planner, Dearborn Planning Commission
Michelle Perez – Assistant Deputy Secretary, HUD