Student Input on School Resource Officers is Sought

Kalamazoo, MI-  A  student-led and created survey, virtually shared and hard copies circulated in various communities throughout Kalamazoo with the support of community members and local organizations. Recently, newly hired Kalamazoo Public Schools, Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri recently created a one question survey to capture the “voice” of high school students opinion on the value of School Resource Officers (SRO’s).

During the summer of 2020 Students K-24 have engaged in community conversations police, school administration, local organizations and community leaders to discuss the reallocation of funds for School Resource Officers and provide more meaningful solutions that do not criminalize social, emotional growth of adolescents and young adults.

There are many students in the district that have been very outspoken about the trauma’s that connect with SRO’s in public schools and research and data that contradicts what are interested in hearing what other students opinions about their experiences as a student in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS).

Student participation is confidential; and responses are not connected to student accounts or ID’s. Youth organizers plan to share student voices with KPS staff and the community the results.  High school students from KPS are encouraged to respond. Students are eligible to register online for a free raffle.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRUE-English

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRUE-Spanish

For more information about ridding SRO’s from Kalamazoo Public Schools; bit.ly?KPSNOSRO

Eastside Children’s Concert

Join us for lovely afternoon to hear the beautiful voices of Eastside youth, and to celebrate with a reception immediately following at Father Bart Hall.

Stories That Unite Us

Be part of this unique opportunity to learn, interact and reflect on issues like education, housing, criminal justice, immigration, the political system and the Flint water crisis, and how you can get involved Kalamazoo. “Stories that Unite Us” is the theme of a Kalamazoo community event planned as a part of the National Day of Racial Healing inspired by W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative (TRHT).

The event, free and open to the public, includes heavy appetizers, an introduction to TRHT and previews of the EPIX Original Documentary Series “America Divided” that explores inequality in America, along with opportunities to interact and reflect. There will also be a review of the recommendations put forth at the TRHT summit hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation in December, which resulted in the National Day of Healing, as well as opportunities to get involved locally.

Area include: ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community), SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity), Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, Black Arts & Cultural Center, ERACCE (Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity), Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center/Welcoming Michigan and Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Learn more about “American Divided” at https://americadividedseries.com/

Learn more about Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Enterprise at https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/truth-racial-healing-transformation

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