PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Oct. 31, 2005
"Dealing with Hate" program at UM-Dearborn will help local elected officials respond to hate crimes in their communities
DEARBORN---In response to recent local incidents of racial discrimination
and harassment, the Institute for Local Government at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn will offer a one-day seminar for local elected officials
to help them deal with emerging racial and cultural conflicts in their
The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12,
at UM-Dearborn's Fairlane Center, 19000 Hubbard Drive in Dearborn.
"The antidote to hate is dialog and a commitment to building stronger
communities," according to Shirley Bryant, recently retired executive
director of community relations at Birmingham Public Schools, who will
lead the seminar. "Racially and culturally motivated hate crimes
reflect the deep fears and conflicts that concern us all. Local officials
are the community architects who can create ways to help people work together
to meet these challenges."
Designed for school board members and city and village council members,
the seminar will present specific and practical ideas and strategies to
help elected leaders challenge hate crimes through policies and strategies
that build stronger and more diverse communities. Participants should
leave with many ideas and an action plan outlining ways they can address
these difficult issues in their own communities.
The fee for the program will be $200 for the first elected official from
any municipality or government unit, with the second person admitted free.
"We're encouraging people to come together in teams," according
to Edward Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations at UM-Dearborn.
UM-Dearborn's Institute for Local Government was launched in 2003 to
offer a variety of programs to help develop stronger civic leadership
in the region. "As the problems local governments are asked to solve
become more complex, those serving as elected officials need background
and continuing education delivered in a non-partisan and timely manner,"
Bagale said. "The university is uniquely suited to perform this task.
For registration or more information, contact the Institute for Local
Government at (313) 593-5435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.