A Northern Michigan school district promotes diversity in a non-diverse region

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Northern Michigan is not a very diverse region, which is reflected in the extremely small percentage of different ethnicities in Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). Shown here are the total numbers of students of each ethnicity via Mary Beth Stein, a student services coordinator at TCAPS. Below are the numbers from the 2010 census year. Gina McPherson, a preschool teacher at TCAPS, has a lot of experience with this.

Aiming at pay equity, Lansing continues the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

By Jaylyn Galloway
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Sometimes, Abdul Conde worries that even by going to school and doing everything he has to do, he will still be behind in pay. “As a young person of color I want to see a change in the wage gap because right now it is unfair,” Conde, a Lansing resident, said. Helping ensure that Conde gets a fair chance is part of the motivation behind the city of Lansing’s participation in President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, now in its second year here. “This year for the challenge we are focusing on closing the racial economic gaps in the community,” Angela Waters Austin, the CEO of One Love Global, said. “We have milestones that goes from a person’s birth to their 25th birthday and this helps to come up with strategies to close gaps of young men of color and other beings left behind.”

Milestone include focusing on closing the opportunity gap in getting youths into the workforce and focusing on violence prevention and helping youths have a second chance to talk to law enforcement, according to the news release.

East Lansing gets colorful

By Kate Kerbrat
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Michigan State University’s campus got colorful when the Color Me Rad 5K came to East Lansing Oct. 5. Racers ran through dozens of paint bombs to get just as colorful as they got sweaty.

Private colleges seek racial, not religious diversity

Capital News Service
LANSING – Some of Michigan’s private colleges are pushing for more racial and ethnic diversity, but not actively seeking more religious diversity. Colleges like Hope, Calvin, University of Detroit Mercy, Albion, Cornerstone and Concordia that are affiliated with denominations of Christianity are reaching out to minorities in recruitment. Yet, religious diversity is not a goal. Hope College professor of religion Barry Bandstra said, “We do promote racial and ethnic diversity. And we are naturally somewhat diverse religiously, though not as much as some students and faculty would like.”

Hope requires all students to complete two religion courses before graduation.

Hate crime numbers jump, most based on race, religion, sexual orientation

Capital News Service
LANSING – Last November in Bay City, Delane Bell shouted “Osama bin Laden” and “jihad” at two men of Indian descent outside a bar, punched one of them and struck their car. Bell was convicted of ethnic intimidation. It was only one among a growing number of recent hate crime cases reported in the state. According to the State Police, 403 hate crimes incidents were reported last year, an 8 percent increase compared with 2010. Those incidents involved 487 victims. Most were assaults, intimidation, stalking and property damage.