An increase in racial incidents spurs new generation of social justice leaders to action | News

ANDERSON — At the successful conclusion of the 1984 trial in which an Elwood woman had been acquitted of the murder of her abusive husband, she gave her Superior Court 3 public defender, Patrick Murphy, a token of her gratitude, a figurine of a Ku Klux Klansman.

“I didn’t know this kind of stuff still existed. I didn’t know this stuff went on still, that it really kept going,” said Murphy, now a magistrate in Marion County.

After keeping it tucked away in a box for many years, Murphy eventually disposed of the curiosity.

“I did not display it. It obviously was not my viewpoint,” he said. “It was too disconcerting.”

What’s noteworthy is the woman’s comfort with the Klan’s philosophy, her apparent assumption that others shared her sentiments and her belief the figurine was an appropriate way to demonstrate her appreciation.

This is an example of the white supremacy

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Former Wolverine Peterson Creates Votable App to Educate Next Generation

Former Wolverine Peterson Creates Votable App to Educate Next Generation

10/13/2020 12:35:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

ANN ARBOR, Mich.Veronica Peterson, or Roni Hicks as she was known while wearing No. 3 on the basketball court from 2008-11, realized something as she geared up for the 2020 election: she had never done any research on the candidates or what nuanced information was on the ballot. Sure, she had voted before, but that was more of just checking the box to say that she did it.

Instead of just doing some research for herself, she decided to build an app named Votable. She put her education — an industrial operations engineering degree from the University of Michigan and master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago — and her work experience as a software engineer at Morningstar to the test. She built the app by herself, working

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Training the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

At Georgia State University’s Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group, students are tasked with determining whether existing tools are effective at stopping threats. Source: Georgia State University

“Companies are struggling to find resources to help them survive these attacks,” Maimon says. “Everybody is trying to keep their budgets reasonable, and many companies pay a lot of money for cybersecurity tools that, at the end of the day, they’re not really sure if they’re effective or not.

“Companies require these skills,” Maimon adds, “and they want the students that they’re going to hire in the future to have those skills.”

Industry relevance weighs heavily on the focus and design of the program. In fact, Maimon says, the entire concept behind the Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group came from conversations with industry stakeholders.

“We came up with this program based on our conversations with our advisory board, which is made up of people in industry,”

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Building the Next Generation of Signal Leaders | Article

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 7th Infantry Division (Bayonets) has developed an innovative approach to bridging the institutional to operational professional development gap with the implementation of their Battalion S6 Certification Course at JBLM. The Bayonet’s chief information section, the G6, hosted the fourth quarterly iteration of the Battalion S6 Certification Course here, Aug 3-7.The week-long course, was designed in line with Bayonet commander Maj. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson’s command philosophy, to train junior Signal officers to be effective, energetic, and engaged within their organization, and certified them to meet the communications requirements of today’s warfighters.“The program is open to officers and noncommissioned officers across JBLM, including America’s 1st Corps, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion,” said Maj. Kyle Barrett, Bayonet’s deputy chief information officer. “The primary audience for the course are those young officers and NCOs who are selected to serve as battalion level chief

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COVID-19 laid bare the inequities in Higher Education. Now, we risk losing an entire generation

When COVID-19 peaked in the Northeast, my home state of New Jersey moved into lockdown, including remote instruction for the state college and university systems. This educational shift, the virus’s disproportionate impact on Black and brown communities, and economic dislocation have had enormous impacts on the aspirations of students from low-income families who seek the transformational power of higher education.

For many families living below the poverty line in New Jersey and across the country, public universities and community colleges offer opportunity: to be the first in the family to receive a college education and to take a step up the ladder of social mobility. Today, one-fifth of college students nationally come from low-income backgrounds, and more than half are first-generation students — many of whom rely on public education institutions to transform their lives and the lives of their families. Even as economic mobility has decreased in the

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