Fran Frazier & Dr. Frederic Bertley 

"our girls are mostly traumatized by the issues that are going on in their homes, in their communities, as well as in their schools"

Fran Fraizer

The Commission was chartered to first participate in fact-finding and education to learn more about the current quality of life for Black girls in Columbus and Central Ohio. As such, the role of the Commission during its first year was to understand and reflect on information shared by subject matter experts, key community stakeholders, and Black girls themselves, while at this time not significantly adding to or synthesizing the data. The Commission’s initial conclusions and insights based on what was learned in Year 1 are detailed in his report, along with recommendations to guide the pending Year 2 of the Commission’s work.

The Commission currently consists of the following community leaders from various disciplines who came together to assess factors that impact the quality of life (QOL) for Black girls in Columbus and Central Ohio:

Dr. Frederic Bertley, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Commission Co-Chair

Fran Frazier, Rise Sister Rise, Commission Co-Chair 

Reverend Timothy Ahrens, First Congressional Church 

Sergeant Lindsey Alli, Columbus Division of Police 

Linda Brown, The Links Incorporated, Columbus Chapter 

Crystal Causey, Coalition of 100 Black Women 

Clyemnestra Clarke, First Church of God 

LaShanda Coleman, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Columbus 

Michael Corey, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County 

Lisa Courtice, PhD., United Way of Central Ohio 

Mary Cusick, Founding member, formerly represented The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio

Kevin Dixon, Ph.D., Franklin County ADAMH Board 

Honorable Elizabeth Gill, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Division, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas 

Alesia Gillison, Columbus City Schools 

Tom Grote, Grote & Turner 

Mia Hairston, Nationwide Mutual Insurance 

Kim Hooper, Walmart 

LC Johnson, YWCA 

DeShauna Lee, J.D., Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

Jennifer Peterson, Easton, Steiner + Associates

Mysheika Roberts, M.D., Columbus Public Health 

Toshia Safford, The Center for Healthy Families 

Wendy Smooth, Ph.D., The Ohio State University 

Charles Spinning,  Franklin County Children Services 

Ben Tyson, Founding member formerly of Easton, Steiner + Associates

Paiden Williams, Rise Sister Rise, Black Girls Think Tank 

Meetings of the Commission were held monthly for the first six months spanning August 2018 through January 2019, and then on a quarterly basis through Summer 2019. This report  summarizes the Year 1 processes, recommendations, and proposed Year 2 actions developed by the Commission to help ensure successful futures and the attainment of a high quality of life for Black girls in Columbus and Central Ohio.