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Economic Development

Intentional Diversity Recruitment Initiatives

Understanding the business case for diversity, large employers in Madison need to more intentionally seek qualified candidates for management and executive level positions within their organizations. The approach cannot be limited to newspaper or on-line advertisement. They must reach down and through networks of people of color to share the messages about open positions. When employed in a stable industry making family ...more »

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Education

Enlist Churches, Synagogues, Faith Communities

Enlist Churches, Synagogues, Faith Groups, Congregations of any/every type to consider launching tutoring programs where struggling children AND/OR parents can be invited in and find one-on-one, sit-down, face to face relationships with faith community members willing to help with homework, math, reading, science, other school subjects, OR-- for parents--resume preparation, parenting skills, etc. I TOOK PART in such ...more »

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Education

Involve student voices

Engage with UW students (Students for Education Reform, a growing social justice group, the ASM working for increased ethnic studies) and current high schoolers to make sure the movement continues to keep momentum in coming years as leadership begins to roll over. Have parents tell their kids as early as possible about societal realities to encourage awareness.

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Economic Development

Supported job creation

The lack of solid work history for some people of color, makes finding, and being successful at, meaningful employment challenging, contributing to the disparity of employment. If faith communities and committed companies made a commitment to hire people of color who have employment disadvantages, while providing a supported work environment with a team of people who can offer assistance in whatever areas of support ...more »

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Education

Elders Advising Students

I think it'd be nice if high schools created an intentional space for the elders of our community to gather. It could be a sort of cafe where multiple races of elders would gather. But it wouldn't simply be a social space, it would also be the hub from which our grandparent role models would fill the halls,, stairwells, and other sundry gathering spaces with the intent of interacting with the kids, giving them moral support, ...more »

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Young Children

Research confirms that brain development occurs during the first few years of a child's life. during this time children form attachments, and being the learning process. Once this 'opportunity window closes, it becomes more difficult and more expensive to ameliorate this disadvantage. Once children start school behind their more advantaged peers, they almost never catch up. We can all see what the results are. Addressing ...more »

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Everything Else

White Folk

I think the White community in Madison needs to be held accountable for making changes in our communities and daily lives. While we continue to educate ourselves about privilege and connect with others in the Madison community, we must also begin to make real shifts in our thinking and actions. We must be willing to accept and work towards the goals laid out by the Justified Anger leadership group and other leaders. ...more »

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Education

teach how to be their child's first teacher from birth

resurrect the "Milwaukee Project" from many years ago in which parents were taught and coached in implementation for how to be their child's teacher for language and school readiness skills from the hospital at birth on forward until the child began school. In the original long range research, the children who were in this program showed no significant difference in achievement by 3rd grade.

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