The David Fleshler International Student Scholarship 2024

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Sister Cities Conference 2022 - Know Before You Go!

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Sister Cities Conference 2022 - Know Before You Go!

In-Person Attendees


Cleveland Public Library-Louis Stokes Wing

525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Start Time

Tuesday, Oct. 18th: Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19th: Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20th: Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.


The schedule for each day of the conference can be accessed here:

Virtual Attendees

Thank you for registering to join us virtually!

Recordings of nearly all of the panels will be available at the end of each day of the conference for you to watch and enjoy. A link to those recordings will be added to this page at the end of every day, so please check back regularly!

This year, only a portion of the panels will be available for live-streaming. These panels are listed below. If you are interested in watching any of the panels live on zoom, please register at the following links. If you cannot join for the live-stream, rest assured the a recording of the panel will be available for viewing at the end of the day.

Panels Available for Live-Streaming

Tuesday, October 18th

9:15 – 10:15 | Architecture in City Design |

Wednesday, October 19th

9:15-10:15 | Libraries for the Sight Impaired |

11:15-12:30 | Cleveland and Beit’Shan: A STEM Partnership |

2:30 – 3:30 | Forest City Filming Film Panel |

2:30 – 3:30 | History of Sister Cities |

3:30-4:30 | Author Series – Hema Hattangady |

Thursday, October 20th

8:00-9:00 | City Highlights: Bangalore |

9:00-10:00 | Port Groups |

9:00-10:00 | Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program |

1:30 | Supply Chain, From mines to the marketplace, from soil to sale |

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State Budgets’ Fair School Funding Plan Includes Important Provisions for English Learners

Global Cleveland is proud to see the Fair School Funding Plan included in the final draft version of HB110, the state budget for FY 2022-2023. The Fair School Funding Plan includes important provisions that will provide key funding to support English as a learning language Students here in Cleveland and throughout Ohio. These provisions include changes that make additional funding for English Learners proportional to the average cost to educate a student in Ohio. Previously, funding for English Learners was locked to set numbers provided in earlier spending bills. By making funding proportional to the rising cost of education, state lawmakers are ensuring that English Learners are not left behind. However, the most important change from these provisions is that the additional funding provided for English Learners must now be used to support English Learners’ education and cannot be redirected for other uses. This ensures that the funding is used for its intended purposes and the needs of our English Learners are not neglected.

Learning to understand and use English proficiently is key for Ohio’s immigrants and their children to obtain higher education, pursue successful careers, and participate fully in our communities. The above provisions more adequately provide for this important education, helping to ensure greater educational equity. We believe that these provisions will help lead to a better future for all Ohioans as it will help create a better prepared and better educated population. We are thankful that our state legislators see the value of our English Learners and hope to see more legislation beneficial to immigrant and international communities in the future.


CIFF45 Streams: Global Cleveland is a Community Partner for the film Welcome Strangers

Tickets to the 45th Cleveland International Film Festival are now on sale! Global Cleveland is a #CIFF45Streams Community Partner in support of the film, Welcome Strangers. Use our discount code GLOBAL and you will receive $1 off the purchase of a ticket. Most films are available nationwide, so make plans to support independent film and its filmmakers:

Small Business Feature | ButterPear

What is ButterPear? 

ButterPear started in 2017 as a grassroots effort to raise funds in Liberia, West Africa for student education fees K-12. Becky Trout launched ButterPear as a way for her friends and family to support small businesses of Liberian artists to help send their children to school and to develop a customer base that connected her community straight to the artists who make their goods. Throughout the years it has grown to not only a fair-trade social enterprise but also a way for the Refugee and Immigrant community in Cleveland to connect with their culture back in their home countries. 

How does ButterPear impact refugees living in Cleveland? 

ButterPear slowly morphed into a maker-space e-commerce store for not only artists in Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Mali, but also here with refugees in Cleveland. We’ve been able to fundraise for specific needs that our refugee community in Cleveland raises awareness for. Being able to have artists create items that ultimately support their small business all while the profits support their own communities has been ButterPears number one goal. 

In 2020, ButterPear was able to hire 8 refugee women in Cleveland to sew masks. We were able to produce over 5,000 masks hand sewn to be purchased all while donating 3,000 more masks, $1500 in food relief in Liberia and Congo, and rent relief for a few families facing difficulties. Here are a few of our sewing sisters who helped lead the way! 

“We all know we are helping, it’s not that we are just trying to make money,” said Victoire Pilipilian artist that worked to create masks.  

What have you (Becky Trout, founder of ButterPear) learned from the creation of this business, and the amazing women that contribute? 

What I’ve learned from all of the amazing women we work with is that they will get the job done not only to completion but with excellence. I am always amazed at the creativity and drive behind each of the women we come in contact with. All are mothers, caregivers, business owners and they find ways to come together to create the most amazing items. There is a different sense of pride when it comes to showcasing their work. I love that I can not only know directly who these items come from but also know that the woman who made my baskets is paving the way for her daughter to become her own businesswoman as well. It makes that basket so much more valuable. There’s always a knock-off item, but there’s only one that comes straight from the source that’s going to lead the way. There’s an old African proverb I heard a lot in Liberia,  

If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate village 

Hearing that old proverb and seeing it be put into action with the women we work with across the world and here in Cleveland has been why ButterPear exists.