CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) co-hosted the Propel Ohio 2018 Collegiate Leadership Summit today at Cleveland State University. The one-day summit connects Ohio college students with resources about careers in public service and promotes civic engagement. Nearly 500 students and administrators from 73 Ohio colleges and universities attended this year’s summit, which Brown has hosted for the past four years. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) provided video remarks for the conference and Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, gave the keynote address.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen young people making their voices heard, getting involved, rallying, marching,” said Brown. “And that’s how you change our cities and our state and our country for the better – by using your voices to tell your own stories, and the stories of your family and friends and neighbors who don’t feel like they have a voice.”
The conference featured panel discussions on childhood poverty in Ohio, as well as breakout sessions for students to engage with regional experts and other students on ideas to solve childhood poverty. The summit also featured an engagement fair, where students had the opportunity to learn about internships and volunteer opportunities.
Brown hosted the summit in partnership with Cleveland State University, Ohio Campus Compact, Corporation for National and Community Service, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, Greater Cleveland Partnership, AT&T, and Children’s Hunger Alliance.