All about WeRISE for Greater Westerville
The mission of WeRISE is to eradicate individual and structural racism in the greater Westerville community. This organization will lead collaborative anti-racism efforts, driving meaningful, lasting and equitable change.
- Promote an equity and justice lens in order to dismantle systems of oppression.
- Advance collaboration with governmental entities, residents, community partners, and institutions to develop coordinated equity and justice efforts.
- Cultivate learning spaces that further racial healing and normalize a culture of equity and justice.
- Monitor outcomes to ensure the goal of racial equity and social justice is being achieved
Renée Thompson, Executive Director (Learn more about Renée.)
WeRISE Board of Directors
- Vashitta Johnson, Westerville Public Library Foundation Board, Westerville Black Parent Association – President / Chair
- James E. Chaffin, APM, Quantum Health – Vice President / Vice Chair
- Emily Swanson, Esquire – Treasurer
- Dr. Dorian Harrison, Assistant Professor of Education, The Ohio State University at Newark
- Desmond Fernandez, Otterbein Student and Community Engagement Organizer
- Devray Kirkland, Chief Diversity Officer – Cardinal Health
- Colleen Moidu, Executive Director, Westerville Education Foundation
- Dr. Tiyi Morris, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies
- James E. Prysock III, Director, Social Justice and Activism at Otterbein University
- Judith S. Ridgway, Ph.D., Asst. Director for Life Sciences Education, The Ohio State University – Secretary
- Lee Rutherford, Teacher/ELA Department Facilitator, Blendon MIddle School
- Jon C. Walden, Board of Trustees, Westerville Public Library
Last updated: 5/5/2021