Town Hall Community Conversation#
Since those with social and economic status see equity as undeserving people wanting what they have earned, how can we move the conversation of equity forward?
What can we do at IUK at the administrative level to make it a better environment for POC? In the past, I have brought up concerns with IUK administration about police presence and behavior on campus and how it affects our students, staff, and faculty. The response was that I should trust our police force more. How do we have more transparent conversations with the people in power?
What are several specific, measurable goals we should adopt at IUK? What would/could progress and positive change look like at IUK? Which policies would/could make the biggest difference?
Thanks so much for sharing your stories.
In Kokomo, I do not think the schools in the neighborhoods that have higher property have worse education. Can you explain why you think that? I I like what he is saying know because it is sometimes about the tools of measurement we use. Our kids who come from poverty are expected to have the same background experiences as those not in the same socio economic status. State tests are often made for kids who have background knowledge that is middle and upper class.
In thinking about IUK's diversity plan (https://www.iuk.edu/diversity/campus-diversity-plan.html), how can we do better? Are our goals not bold enough? Or are we not fully achieving the goals? Or both?
What would you say to those who believe that modern policing, because of its racist origins in slavery and the institutions of Jim Crow, is fundamentally incompatible with racial equality in this country?
Could defunding the police be explained? I think many individuals think that defunding the police means the complete removal of police and not having police whatsoever.
Since we have several officers and chiefs here, what do they think of a policy requiring newly hired officers to have a college degree themselves going forward. Would that help training, make staffing to hard, or just not be the type of improved training needed?
As a principal of a local public high school, I am painfully aware of our lack of diversity on our staff. I also find that instructors of color do not apply for our vacant positions. What suggestions do you have for us to recruit educational professionals to teach at the secondary level in Kokomo?
To clarify my question: how can I recruit educational professionals of color?
I appreciate all the in-depth comments by all panelists. I like how Ms. Shelwick addressed real issues at IUK.
I wish there was a “Yes! Yes!” button. Thank you to all of the speakers. I hope to continue to do work on this. I’m hoping to create components of a cultural competence program with my cultural competence in health education students this fall as a service project-so one that is co-created with students. Would love any and all feedback and collaboration.
Thank you! This was great!
Thank you all. I'm ready to work!
Very Good discussion! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Tina Robinson
Thank you all so much for your time, insight and work.