Over the past six years, OpenedEyes has worked to enhance cultural competence on an individual, organizational, and systemic level.


Through the development of our educational model, we have been able to customize programs for consumers and organizations based on various demographics.


Our program employs strategies to increase hope, enhance educational and environmental awareness, and improve community connections.


Thank you so much to everyone who donated to OpenedEyes during Erie Gives Day 2021. Thanks to your generosity we were able to raise $2,159!

It's because of your support that we can bring our dynamic programming to area organizations. Thank you again for all of your support in helping us to continue our mission of bringing diversity awareness to Erie and surrounding areas!

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We're excited to be partnering with Mercyhurst University to bring a training focused on Cross-Cultural Competency, Critical Race Theory, Mindfulness, and Implicit/Explicit Bias to their full-time faculty members.

“We're really excited about bringing in these experts to help provide some education and guidance in our faculty-wide social justice journey toward creating a culturally responsive pedagogy,” said Dr. Averill Earls, director of the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).





Next up in our series is Kathleen Washington - Director of Operations.

Kathleen started with OpenedEyes in 2015 when Brandon had asked her to help him with running OpenedEyes social media pages as they were starting up this new non-profit.

“As the years went on and OpenedEyes grew over time, my role with OpenedEyes has grown and transformed into something I never thought possible for myself. OpenedEyes' mission means more than just getting together with friends. This is starting a conversation (or continuing the conversation sometimes) to create a better community, a better country and a better world for my children and their children.”

Kathleen is a stay at home mama to three beautiful girls and is wife to Pat (the coolest hubby around). She’s also talented on stage and has played the clarinet since she was ten!





“I can't say enough nice things about the team with OpenedEyes! They have helped us at The Nonprofit Partnership as we embark upon the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey. They have been imperative to our progress in this realm and I am so grateful for having been connected with Brandon. Whether you need help with a one-time session, an extensive training opportunity or you're just looking to add a good human or two (or 5?) to your network, OpenedEyes has you covered.”

Ellen Kehl

Director of Member Engagement and Education

The Nonprofit Partnership