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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Train Faith Leaders to Tackle Africa’s Mental Health Needs

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In countries like Malawi, there are simply not enough mental health professionals to go around. The local faith community can help fill this void. Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser.

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Oct 14 2020 (IPS) – The world is actually in the throes of two pandemics. The first is COVID-19. The second is the wave of stress and anxiety, depression and substance use it has unleashed around the world. Most mental health disorders are treatable.

This so called “second pandemic” is raging in poor and wealthy countries alike. But across Africa, and in much of the Global South, people facing mental health crises have nowhere to turn.

The reason is that governments and aid agencies are not making the investments needed to provide these services. In the lead up to “World Mental Health Day,” the World Federation for Mental Health recently released new statistics on the share

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Leaders hope museum will educate, inspire community | News

HUNTINGTON — The home where she once lived will soon become a resource others can use to learn about the life and legacy of former Huntington resident Memphis Tennessee Garrison. 

Don’t let the name confuse you — Memphis made her mark in Huntington and called it home after moving to the city in 1952. She spent much of her life as a teacher in McDowell County, West Virginia, for more than four decades.

In addition to teaching, she helped to develop and sustain chapters of the NAACP in southern West Virginia, and served as a national vice president and as a field secretary who undertook special organizing and membership activities.

After relocating to Huntington in 1952, she continued working as a substitute teacher and remained active in the community. Her home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

On Tuesday, members of the community and several

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Leaders From Top Nursing Schools Predict More Online Learning, Simulations in 2021

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – October 12, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

​RegisteredNursing.org discussed the future of nursing education with department chairs, leaders, and faculty from top nursing schools and they tend to agree – students can expect more online learning and high-tech virtual simulations from nursing school in 2021.

Nursing education leaders from renowned schools such as Johns Hopkins University, Baylor University, and University of San Francisco, as well as from regional schools such as Lakeland Community College and Augusta Technical College, all weighed in when asked, “In light of the changes that nursing students have seen in 2020, what will nursing school look like in 2021?”

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting nursing schools, nursing students have had to adjust quickly. Online coursework and canceled in-person clinical rotations have become the norm

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Members of KPMG Future Leaders Program Step Up in Response to COVID-19

The KPMG Future Leaders Program, funded by net proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, awards top female high school seniors across the country the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships, a leadership development retreat, a mentoring relationship with a woman business leader, and an introduction to golf.

Having recently celebrated its first graduating class, the program currently consists of 84 young women, many of whom are making a profound impact in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tea Binder

A member of the 2017 KPMG Future Leaders Program’s Class, Binder graduated from Vassar College in three years, earning degrees in Biology and Philosophy, with the dream to go to medical school. In her sophomore year, Binder enrolled in an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course, and developed a passion for the field after 16 hours of on-the-job shadowing in an ambulance. When

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Community leaders launch initiative to promote diversity through art, education

This week marks the launch of Fort Bend County’s year-long “Diversity Over Division” initiative — an effort by local leaders to promote inclusiveness and social justice through art and education.

“Our goal is to celebrate our diversity,” said County Judge KP George, whose office spearheaded the initiative. “Fort Bend County is, if not the number one, then one of the most diverse counties in the country. We live in harmony.”

George made his remarks at a news conference at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. The initiative was launched in partnership with U of H, the Fort Bend County Libraries system and numerous community leaders.

“We’ve been in discussions about how UH can collaborate with the community,” said Jay Neal, associate vice president and chief operating officer for UH at Sugar Land. “Looking at the diversity of our student

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Watch Live: US Space Force, security and higher education leaders headline Space & Cybersecurity Symposium 2020

From travel directions to finding out whether it might rain, much of the world depends on orbiting satellites for daily information. Space-based technology has become essential, and this has led to a greater focus on the key actions needed to safeguard it.

In early September, the U.S. government issued directives for the first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for systems in space.

“The security of the homeland depends on the security of our space systems, interests and freedom of our action in space,” said Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf in a statement about the new directives. “The policy unveiled today is a critical step in establishing a baseline standard for cybersecurity as America leads in space and cyberspace alike.”

Recent space cybersecurity incidents have raised serious red flags, including security researcher James Pavur gaining access to sensitive corporate data by hacking into satellite transmissions. 

“When we were looking at these

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Achieve3000 and Successful Practices Network Bring Gold Star Education Leaders to 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit

RED BANK, N.J., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Achieve3000, a pioneer in differentiated and personalized PreK-12 instructional solutions, and Successful Practices Network, a not-for-profit membership organization committed to improving education for all students, are once again partnering to present the 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit. In adherence with the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance, this year’s Summit will take place online November 5, 2020, from 8:30 am5:00 pm ET. Dynamic sessions led by 12 of today’s most respected and accomplished education thought leaders will offer compelling perspectives on literacy and learning in today’s rapidly changing K-12 environment.

This one-day professional learning event is designed for educators at all levels who are facing the difficult challenge of literacy instruction in the midst of a pandemic. Thought leaders and expert practitioners will explore the latest innovations and strategies to address the needs of students, especially those most at risk

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Michigan education leaders find relief in 2021 budget

Michigan education leaders were bracing for tough financial decisions next year as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.



a close up of a sign: MLive file photo of Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.


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MLive file photo of Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

But school boards and educators are now breathing a sigh of relief, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer preparing to sign the 2021 budget approved by the legislature last week.

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Michigan’s education spending for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities clocks in at about $17.65 billion, with the School Aid Fund budget coming in at roughly $15.5 billion. The School Aid Fund budget increased by about $300 million compared to the 2019-20 budget.

Read more: 7 things you should know about Michigan’s new budget

“Based on what we were hearing months ago, how can we not be anything but pleased?” said Don Wotruba, executive director for the

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Technical Education Leader’s Response To Pandemic And New Blended Training Model Lead To Employment For Graduates

PHOENIX, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the pandemic continues to deliver a colossal shock to the economy, with weekly unemployment claims increasing to 870,000 for the week ending September 19 and topping an unprecedented 700,000 each week for over six months, Universal Technical Institute‘s (NYSE: UTI) pandemic response plan and blended training model are delivering results, with graduates finding employment across the nation.

“In a time of extraordinary challenges, our students are completing their education and going to work,” said Jerome A. Grant, Chief Executive Officer. “The fact that there are good jobs waiting for our graduates speaks to industry’s urgent demand for skilled technicians and the quality of our industry-aligned education model.”

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated pre-pandemic there will be more than 110,000 job openings for automotive, diesel and collision repair technicians on average annually across the U.S.

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