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Not In Our Town to host program on ‘Isms’

(Submitted by Not in Our Town Bowling Green) Educational Series on Reducing Prejudice: “A Discussion of Isms.” Not in Our Town Bowling Green (NIOT BG) and the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting a program entitled “A Discussion of Isms” on Wednesday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St. The session will be held in the first floor meeting room at the library. The program is the second program in the Educational Series on Reducing Prejudice. The workshop is interactive and designed to be a springboard for discussions of the sensitive topics and issues around various –ism issues.  The session will encourage participants to think about assumptions, stereotypes, and choices we make or could make. These topics can and do impact our community. This workshop is based on the principles that every issue counts and hearing stories relating to life experiences, especially those who identified differently from us, can shifts attitudes and build allies. The third and final program in the Reducing Prejudice series will be held on Thursday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library. The program is on Safe Zone Training. The workshop provides education concerning LGBTQ+ issues and seeks to improve the environment for LGBTQ+ people. For further information, contact Dr. Krishna Han

NIOT offers series of programs on reducing prejudice

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   An educational series on reducing prejudice is planned in Bowling Green – with one requirement for those attending. “Just come with an open mind,” said Dr. Krishna Han, assistant director of the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. “It takes a village to build a caring community,” said Han, who will be the facilitator in the three-part series looking at the power of words, “isms” and safe zones. The programs are being hosted by Not in Our Town Bowling Green and the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs on April 20, May 17, and June 1. All programs will be held at the Wood County District Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. “Raising awareness, building knowledge, and developing skills on multicultural interaction and communication is an important and on-going aspect of self-work that every individual should take it very seriously,” said Han, who provides leadership for the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Education Program, and oversees the Ethnic Student Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center Programs and Services. “We all have something to learn from each other. As we all come from different backgrounds, often times we don’t have the developed skills that allow us to engage each other with grace and productive ways,” Han said. “This workshop will help participants look at the topic of multicultural interaction and communication from a positive perspective, and empower each other on skill sets that enable them to carry-on and spread the caring spirit and knowledge in their community.” The first in the series is “The Power of…

Police officials address issues of force, race & more during “Real Cops” panel

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The police in Bowling Green, either city or campus, don’t have to resort to using physical force very often. Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said that in 90,000 interactions, officers on the BG force have used force 52 times, and BGSU Police Chief Monica Moll said her department’s experience was similar. Rodney Fleming, the managing attorney at Student Legal Services, said that if citizens looked at the statistics, they’d see how little physical force is used. Capt. Mike Campbell, who will be interim chief when Moll leaves BGSU at the end of the month, said that in looking at police conflicts that have been in the news, he sees faulty tactics in how the incidents were approached. More emphasis should be put on de-escalating a situation, and better communication, he said. They were part of the “It’s Just Us: Real Talk with Real Cops,” held Friday at Bowling Green State University, and sponsored by Not In Our Town. No matter how little force is used, all incidents are reported and looked at. “Even if it was a legal use of force,” Moll said, “maybe we could have used less.” Hetrick said each instance is looked at by more than one supervisor, including himself. “Nothing is going to be swept under the rug.” And, if citizens feel they have been unfairly treated, each department has a formal complaint process. If someone doesn’t trust the police to follow through, they can complain to other entities, Fleming said – city officials, his office, or Not In Our Town. Hetrick said those complaints will be taken seriously. “As police…