In a city council meeting on Oct. 20, members discussed the success of their first Diversity & Inclusion training session. The session focused on recognizing their internal biases and ways to emphasize equity in their practices.
Stephens said he is proud of the progress that has come from this program. He said it not only allows council members to learn more about each other, but to also critically assess the areas in which they need to improve. Stephens and other council members said the program was challenging but recognized the importance of it.
East Lansing area residents may see a shift in COVID-19 regulations with the Michigan Supreme Court ruling against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s authority to declare a state of emergency.
In March, Whitmer declared a state of emergency and issued numerous executive orders mandating precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Oct. 2, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the extension of the state of emergency past April 30 was unconstitutional and all following executive orders were baseless. On Monday, the court denied Whitmer’s request to delay the date its decision takes effect.