The Division of Student Affairs issued a list of 21 Diversity Recommendations this week, working within the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion chaired by University President Fr. John Jenkins.Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the initiatives came out of research conducted by Matthew Storin, senior project specialist for Student Affairs. His work consisted of 138 interviews conducted this year, including 97 with students. Storin’s research was prompted by survey data on student satisfaction with campus life, Hoffmann Harding said.Steph Wulz “Our undergraduate seniors tell us that they have a terrific overall undergraduate experience, better than [at] our peer [institutions] which are some of the most selective in the country, and that is a result that you see regardless of ethnicity,” she said. “We’re very proud of that from an institutional standpoint.“However, we do not stack up as competitively with our peers in any ethnic group for satisfaction with the climate for minorities on campus, according to our students. … But surveys only tell you so much, so I asked Matt Storin to take on a special project this year to really get behind those numbers.”Storin said the most concerning finding to come out of his research was the indication that many minority students feel like they are the “other” on campus.“[Minority students] often feel that they are not having the same full, enjoyable experience that they feel the white majority students are having, those who might have been raised in a Notre Dame tradition and always wanted to come here,” he said.Many white majority students interviewed in the study expressed support for the concept of diversity and an increasingly diverse student body, but said they were not actively engaged with the issue or engaged in getting to know students different from them, Storin said. He said there were “inspirational” exceptions, however, of students in the white majority who felt passionate about improving the situation.The most optimistic conclusion to emerge from the research was the sense of community built into the Catholic and academic environments at Notre Dame, Storin said.“The figures show that we could probably make an argument that we have the strongest sense of community of any campus in the country,” he said. “So that’s a good foundation on which to build if we’re going to have programs and initiatives to direct more attention to engagement with people not like ourselves.“With that and the sense of social justice which is quite evident on this campus … there’s a lot that we can do … I’m pretty optimistic that, eventually, students are going to enter Notre Dame and realize right from the beginning, for those who don’t already, that whether someone looks like the picture of the leprechaun or not, that we’re all Irish and we’re in this one for all in a way that builds on our best traditions.”Hoffmann Harding said the 21 recommendations from Student Affairs fall into four groups, and responsibility for acting on each recommendation has been assigned to a member of her senior team who will report directly to her.The first group focuses on internal training within Student Affairs to be ready as a staff to serve a diverse student body, she said. This will include recruitment, retention and development efforts within the Division, with the goal of providing students with role models in the administration who might share their backgrounds and staying attentive to the diversity of the Division staff.The second group is aimed at students and addresses ways to augment and supplement support the work done by Multicultural Student Programs and Services.“One of the things I’d highlight that we heard very frequently in Matt’s interviews is orientation,” Hoffmann Harding said. “It’s the first impression of students when they come to campus, and I think it very importantly sets the stage for how we expect to interact with one another and the values that we hold here on campus.”The third group of recommendations will seek to create a more effective support system for students with high socioeconomic need, including revised advertising, parameters and available resources in the Rector Fund and evaluating the level of support needed for students staying on campus for breaks.“We need to do a little more benchmarking … to design some programs that will be very intentional and thoughtful about the communication and the services that we provide,” Hoffmann Harding said.The fourth group will seek ways to demonstrate a visible commitment to diversity on campus with symbolic reminders, facilities and communication strategies.“[We need] to think about this not just in terms of programs that we do but also in what we say both verbally as a Division … and what we see here on campus,” she said. “I’ve been struck often by how readily apparent it is that Notre Dame is Catholic. We have a crucifix in every classroom. We have the beauty of the Grotto, the beauty of the Basilica.“How can we use this as an occasion to celebrate places and symbols on campus, so it’s clear not only in the things that we do but in the things that you all see as students that diversity is an important value to us?”More immediate goals within this group include having a diversity statement posted in every residence hall by the end of the semester and instituting a new Student Affairs undergraduate leadership award recognizing commitment to diversity and inclusion, beginning this year.Hoffmann Harding said while the project began with a focus on ethnic diversity and minority student experiences, she hopes the project will engage all students and foster appreciation for each individual’s contributions to campus.“I think it’s a misconception in many ways [to say] that there is one difference that defines us, like race,” she said. “I think each and every individual student brings a different set of talents, a different set of interests and a different set of experiences to campus.“And I think as a Catholic institution, it is our obligation and responsibility to engage and think about what we can learn from others.”Storin said the recommendations involve everyone on campus because “if you go through four years here without branching out culturally, it’s a missed opportunity.”“I think we all understand [that] you cannot shove inclusion down the throats of people. … It has to be an evolving process,” he said. “[We need] conditions in dorms and in freshman orientation that lead people to get together.”He said the complexity of the issue means that it won’t be solved immediately, but conversation and feedback, particularly from students, will ensure continued progress. Hoffmann Harding said she and her colleagues would remain open to student feedback.“Any time you put a plan in place, it should not be something that lives on a shelf but should continue to morph and improve,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We have benefitted in putting together these recommendations already from student work — several of the suggestions on here came directly from Diversity Council and student government in a joint resolution that they passed.”Hoffmann Harding said she and Storin presented the recommendations to the President’s Committee and this set of initiatives is just one dimension of the work done by the different subcommittees.“This effort is so important to our mission as a University and for all of your experience as students,” she said. “It’s something that we take extraordinarily seriously and that we think really does derive from our mission to have every student feel welcome, to have a great experience here and to feel safe and comfortable coming to us.“I welcome feedback and conversation on this topic … and we’re going to give it our best to make a positive difference and to create the kind of climate that we all want together.”Editor’s Note: Ann Marie Jakubowski and three other Observer editors were interviewed by Storin as a group during his research process, but not to an extent that would constitute a conflict of interest. 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Sr. Helen Alford, economics professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, discussed how Catholic Social Tradition (CST) and impact investing mutually benefit one another as a result of interdisciplinary dialogue during the latest installment of the “Ten Years Hence” lecture series Friday in the Mendoza College of Business.“Impact investing has something to offer the Catholic Social Tradition, and the Catholic Social Tradition has something to offer impact investing,” she said.Glory Kim | The Observer Impact investing, a form of investing which integrates environmental and social objectives with the pursuit of profit, can assist CST in being “reliable, concrete and relevant,” Alford said. Conversely, CST prompts other disciplines – particularly impact investing – to embrace notions of human dignity and the common good, which Alford said are informed by Catholic teaching.Specifically, impact investing helps explore sustainable business methods for attaining philanthropic goals, Alford said. Finding more sustainable means of philanthropy is so important, she said, because traditional charity cannot currently meet the needs of the impoverished.“Nobody’s saying impact investing should get rid of charity,” she said. “There’s always going to be a role for charity.”“Impact investing can challenge the Church to think about the potentially crucial role of profit-making business, and hence of private investment, in confronting poverty,” she said. “I’m not sure that the Christian tradition has really taken that seriously enough.”Alford said impact investing offers the Church the opportunity to occupy a more engaged and prominent position in society.“We could really handle very well this dialogue between Catholic Social Thought and impact investing,” she said. “The Church could grow really to a much more leading position, could be part of the innovators in society.”Alford said impact investing can in turn benefit from CST because of the tradition’s emphasis on individual human dignity and solidarity – an emphasis which would help impact investing maintain its integrity even as businesses expand and begin to lose sight of the importance of individual relationships.“If we have a really strong combination of solidarity and subsidiarity in a serious way – these ideas are there for the taking in the Catholic Social Tradition – they help create an approach to scaling that keeps the focus on the poor customer and the importance of relationships for that person,” she said.The potential for CST and impact investing to learn from one another other is too great to ignore, Alford said. Because of their size and influence, Catholic universities such as Notre Dame have an important role to play in encouraging the conversation between the two disciplines, she said.“Notre Dame and the Mendoza College are really trying to live up to the very exciting and important mission that Catholic universities have in societies today – offering very useful and new vistas for people in this dialogue between the Catholic Social Tradition and all the forms and branches of knowledge that we can think of,” she said.Tags: catholic social tradition, impact investing, mendoza college of business, Sr. Helen Alford, Ten Years Hence
In their campaign platform, student body president and vice president Bryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas introduced the idea for Onward, an online forum for students to submit and vote on ideas for improving the University. The forum officially launched through student government’s website on Sept. 29.The site is accessible through studentgovernment.nd.edu and requires a Notre Dame login. Students can submit ideas as well as up-vote or down-vote ideas they like or dislike, and respond to other students’ posts. All posts begin with the tag “ideation stage,” but can gain “implementation” status when student government begins to look into moving forward with them.Constituent services director John Kill said the development of Onward is a gradual process, and the forum provides an opportunity for students to be involved in the discussion and implementation of new ideas.“It’s early still but as we continue to define how we want Onward to be used. … I think we will see an incredible increase in student body involvement … to make this University a better place,” he said.The staff in constituent services is getting in the habit of consistently publishing reports that contain the top ideas on Onward, Kill said.“We’re not quite sure how often we’ll publish reports, but we’re thinking every four to six weeks, we’ll have a report that will evaluate the top 10 ideas,” Kill said. “[Onward] keeps us accountable to the students, and it keeps the students accountable to their ideas.”Campus technology director Michael McRoskey, who was involved in the technological process of creating Onward, said the best comparison for it was an idea-sharing platform that shared layout similarities with the social media site Yik Yak.“We partnered with OIT to use this idea-share service, and people can sign in with their net IDs,” McRoskey said. “We wanted to give students the opportunity … to be empowered. This is kind of like removing the barrier, and you can post your ideas right from your dorm room [with] the most popular ideas being upvoted.”McRoskey is also in the process of launching student government’s new website in the upcoming weeks. He said the current website lacked engaging content and visuals.“We took the current website and totally refreshed it, so that it’s more dynamic and shows what’s happening on Onward. It’s very visual and mobile friendly,” McRoskey said.The website’s main purpose is to show students that student government is working for them, and to showcase newly implemented ideas and accomplishments, McRoskey said.“People can see what student government does because a lot of people don’t understand what student government does behind the scenes,” he said.McRoskey said Onward provides an interactive platform for students and their representatives to communicate and talk about student concerns and possible solutions. McRoskey said some popular topics feature on Onward are prices in The Huddle, the printing quota and various complaints with food services.“It empowers students to share their ideas and … sort of refine them,” McRoskey said. “It’s not just complaining because people comment on that idea … and work towards synthesizing a solution.”Tags: Onward, Student government, student government in focus
Updated Thursday at 2:48 p.m.A 54-year-old man was taken to Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning after suffering a puncture wound in the back while working in Flaherty Hall, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email.The incident occurred 9:24 a.m. Tuesday morning according to the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.Brown said the incident is currently being investigated as a potential assault by NDSP, as well as a potential workplace accident by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the man’s company.Flaherty Hall, which is currently under construction, is set to open in August as the University’s newest women’s residence hall.Tags: flaherty hall, injury, Memorial Hospital
The Gender Studies Program and Triota Honors Society hosted a panel of four experts on transgender health from Indiana University (IU) in a Tuesday night discussion.The panel explored the best clinical ways to assist children and adolescents struggling with their gender identity. It was organized in response to an event held by Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP) in the fall.At the time, Pamela Butler, associate director and director of undergraduate studies in the Gender Studies Program said the work presented at the SCOP event was “discredited and debunked widely by every legitimate medical organization that’s ever responded to their claims.” TOM NAATZ | The Observer Stephanie Sanders of Indiana University speaks at a Tuesday panel about treating gender diverse youth. Sanders was one of four panelists to speak at the event, held in response to a Students for Child Oriented Policy-sponsored event held last fall.In an email, SCOP co-president Ellie Gardey, a junior, defended the SCOP-invited panelists to the fall event.“Student for Child-Oriented Policy offered a panel discussion with a professor of endocrinology and a medical doctor which brought attention to the serious side-effects of cross-sex hormones and puberty-blockers on children,” she said.The first panelist to speak on Tuesday was Stephanie Sanders, provost professor of gender studies at IU and associate director of the Kinsey Institute, which studies questions of human sexuality. Describing a number of ways in which a person’s birth-assigned sex might not match their own conception of their gender, she said the determination process is inherently social.“I just want to point out that you might think the first step is pretty straightforward, right?” she said. “That it’s just biology there — putting a person in a category. But it’s actually a social process. Authorities come to an agreement about what size phallus constitutes a penis versus a clitoris. And then estimates are made about how your gender will be classified according to that phallus.”Defining “gender identity” as the “inner sense of who we are,” Sanders said this concept does not necessarily match a person’s sex assigned at birth. She dispelled the idea that gender identity is a matter of choice.“We know from the literature that gender identity is established fairly early, and it’s resistant to change,” she said.Sanders also discussed ways to “affirm” those who do not think their gender matches their birth-assigned sex. The four categories of intervention were “social affirmation,” in which a person modifies their appearance and pronouns, for example, to match their gender identity, “legal affirmation,” in which the person has their gender changed on legal documents, “medical affirmation,” which involves hormonal treatments to either suppress puberty or introduce the other sex’s hormones to the person’s systems and “surgical affirmation,” which involves surgical modifications to the body.“In terms of what the experts actually say, the experts actually say that developmentally appropriate gender affirmation interventions are recommended,” she said.Sanders turned the floor over to James Dennis Fortenberry, professor of pediatrics and chief of adolescent medicine at IU School of Medicine. He talked about his firsthand experience treating youths and adolescents who did not feel their gender identity matched their sex.For Fortenberry, one of the most important actions people can take to make sure everyone feels accepted is addressing people the way they want to be addressed.“The topic here is affirming care,” he said. “You may think I’m assuming this has to do with what we do in the clinics. I’m talking to you. You work in the world. You live in the world. You interact in all sorts of places with people.“There are two things on this slide that help you be affirmative if you do them every time with every person you encounter. If you get my name right and get my pronouns right, I’m giving you from me what you need to do to treat me in an affirmative way.”Talking about specific treatment strategies utilized in his clinics, Fortenberry said the method used depends on the age of the patient. For example, he said treatment for pre-pubescent children involves making the child feel accepted and does not involve hormones.“There are no hormones, there is no surgery, this is just supporting this child to express themselves as they experience themselves,” he said. “It doesn’t sound really complicated. But if you think about the excitement, the intense investment our culture invests in ‘Is it a boy or a girl? Do we do pink or do we do blue?’ A gender reveal party — there’s a concept — that’s why this is important.”For such patients, puberty is a critical time. As bodies start to change, gender dysphoria — or the distress a person feels from the seeming mismatch between their biology and their gender identity — becomes acute, leading to mental health problems. Fortenberry spoke of this problem in the context of a someone assigned male at birth who identifies as female.“Puberty is a big thing … for kids with gender dysphoria, it’s particularly challenging because all of the sudden this particular kid — think about them — they’re going along, they want breasts. They’re going to get breasts. They’re going to have a period. Except that’s not what they get … and the dysphoria goes up hugely,” he said. “ … We often see increases in suicidal ideation behavior, cutting, other kinds of self-harming behavior at that time.”Puberty blockers can help manage this problem, he said. While they do not stop puberty, they buy time.“[Puberty blocking hormones] help reduce this kind of dysphoria,” he said. “It doesn’t make it go away because it doesn’t change what’s here, but it does suspend it for a while and lets this young person come into a place where they’re better ready to work through some of these other things, especially the initiation of hormones if that’s where they’re going.”The next speaker was Richard Brandon-Friedman, an IU professor, as well as the social work services supervisor for the Gender Health Clinic at IU’s Riley Hospital for Children. He spoke about the psychological toll young people face as they come out as gender nonconforming.Drawing a parallel with past ideas about homosexuality, Brandon-Friedman debunked the common societal misconception that gender nonconforming people might just be confused or searching for attention.“This is not a choice … If you’ve grown up as gender diverse or a sexual minority, it is not fun,” he said. “Nobody says, ‘I want to be that gay kid in the high school who always gets picked on.’ That’s not what people want to do. They may say, ‘This is who I am, and I am that person who identifies as gay. It’s not going to get me a lot of popular press. It’s going to be mostly difficulty.’”Continuing on that point, he said while gender diversity is more visible in the contemporary world, it is not new.“Gender diversity has been around forever, pretty much. We can see historical documentation … all the way through contemporary times of different people with different presentations and different understandings of gender,” he said.Talking more specifically about treatment options, Brandon-Friedman sought to dispel the fear that a gender diverse individual might undergo treatment, only to find out they were “wrong” about who they thought they were. He said social transition is fully reversible, and high standards and numerous assessments required for medical treatments make an irreversible error highly unlikely.In lieu of focusing on the low probability negative consequences of treatment, Brandon-Friedman said people should focus on the positive.“What about if they are right? Instead of saying that they might be wrong, what if they’re right? Well, we know that if we help them their psychosocial functioning improves,” he said. “We know they have increased authenticity.“We know they have enhanced understanding of themselves. They really have this opportunity to live as who they are and achieve their life goals as they feel they are. We know this keeps them from having that significant dysphoria. It gives them the life that they want.”The final speaker was Liana Zhou, the director of library and special collections at the Kinsey Institute. Her library includes 2,000 years’ worth of artifacts and archives related to gender diversity issues. She said her archives are designed to celebrate the empowering stories of gender diverse people throughout history.“What we are trying to say is affirming your sexuality and your identity through self-empowerment,” she said. “I think everyone is so resilient, and I think the stories at the Kinsey Institute … it’s about the struggles, and overcoming those struggles … and to voice your stories.”Tags: gender, gender diverse, Gender Studies, Indiana University, Transgender rights
In a joint initiative between the Kellogg Institute and the Office of Sustainability, Therese Dorau, South Bend’s director of sustainability, spoke at Notre Dame on Friday about the recently adopted climate action plan for South Bend.In Nov. 2019, the South Bend Common Council unanimously approved “Carbon Neutral 2050” to reduce the city’s carbon emissions, according to the South Bend Tribune. The plan was one of the final initiatives of Pete Buttigieg’s mayoral tenure.“Now we’re in the process of determining the details for implementation,” Dorau said.Dorau said the plan sets two short-term and medium-term goals. The first is to reduce emissions by 26% by 2025, in keeping with the Paris Climate Accord, a goal that she says many local governments, businesses and states are “committing to in the absence of a national commitment.”“We already have a lot of the resources and the capacity that we need here in the community, in South Bend,” Dorau said. “So, it’s really just a matter of rolling it out with intention and commitment to get to that first level.”The medium-term objective is a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2035, which will require more resources, planning and policy change, Dorau said. The end goal is achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.Dorau spoke about the need, benefits and strategies behind South Bend’s “Carbon Neutral 2050.”The need, she said, for climate action, is based on greenhouse emissions data, climate science and experiences. In regards to data, the administration calculated South Bend’s carbon footprint at 1.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.Furthermore, Indiana-based scientific predictions of climate events were carried out in 2018 by the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. She also talked about the city’s experience with two major floods in 2016 and 2018.Dorau prompted the audience to reflect on the benefits of climate action.“As you look towards your life after graduation, or if you ever were to leave South Bend to move somewhere else, what would you be looking for in your community?” Dorau asked.The conversation steered toward climate resiliency, education, green spaces and clean air and water. Dorau also mentioned improved public health, cost savings, economic growth and increased equity, among other topics.“Because we saw that 94% of our footprint was coming from these two categories, that’s where a lot of our strategies ended up: transportation and energy,” Dorau said.The 25 actions in the plan, she said, can be condensed into “two basic ideas … use less, and if you can’t use less, use better.”In terms of transportation, this would mean reducing miles and trips, or using cleaner fuel, she said. In regards to energy, it would mean improving efficiency, or using renewable sources.Dorau mentioned some current resiliency projects in the city that reduce fossil fuel use, including Howard Park, which is seeking LEED certification, and Diamond Avenue’s bioretention system, “a natural, green storm water infrastructure that filters and stores water before it flows into the river in a storm event,” Dorau said.She also talked about the solar panels on top of South Bend Fire Station #4 and other strides made in public transportation.“I want to end with a reminder of what we’re trying to protect here in South Bend: a diversity of seasons … a diversity of faces, of passions, of talents,” Dorau said. “As climate stress becomes greater, it’s going to be harder to do this, to build these community features, and [it’s going to be] more important that we protect them.”However, “Carbon Neutral 2050” is not without criticism. Some activist groups such as the Sunrise Movement wanted an earlier timeline in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, as promised by more progressive plans like the Green New Deal.Garrett Blad, National Press Coordinator for the Sunrise Movement, told The Observer last year that the plan was inadequate, irresponsible and dangerous.“It doesn’t follow what the scientists say,” Blad said then. “When standing on the national stage, Mayor Pete himself even said that the time for carbon neutrality should be decades ago. Why did he still set the timeline on 2050 for South Bend?”Dorau told The Observer that “the University of Notre Dame is uniquely positioned … because it is a faith-based and mission-driven organization, to justify the investments and the behavior change a little bit easier than a local government, which has to stay fairly neutral.”“I mentioned finding champions and lifting them up as examples to say ‘This can be done.’ Notre Dame is setting example in our community,” she said.In 2019, the University implemented Grind2Energy, a system to convert food waste into renewable energy, and announced that it had stopped burning coal a year ahead of schedule. Among other initiatives, these are part of Notre Dame’s five-year Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy launched in 2016.“The city definitely considers Notre Dame a key partner in climate change, not only because we share a border, and your emissions are our emissions,” Doreau said. “But also, because the opportunity and the interest in reducing those emissions is shared.”Tags: carbon neutrality, Climate change, sustainability
Pixabay Stock Image.NEW YORK – There’s a new website to address the mental and emotional health challenges created by the global Coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic crisis services coalition website aims to help connect those in need with appropriate mental health resources.Until now, there’ hasn’t been a comprehensive searchable database making it harder for people to find help quickly.The new site’s database is searchable by state, contact method, type of support needed, and categories. Topics include anxiety, substance or domestic abuse, depression, and more.The PCSRC website also has articles to aid in coping with the impact of the pandemic, as well as information tailored to frontline workers.It partners with groups like the national suicide prevention lifeline, the Trevor Project and the disaster distress help-line. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayJAMESTOWN – There’s a new way to be in touch with friends while still social distancing.Facebook is introducing messenger rooms. This feature allows users to build a virtual room where free video calls can be made for up to 50-people.The calls are joinable and have no time limit. Invitations can be sent to people even if they don’t have a Facebook account.
POLAND — A traffic chase turned into a foot pursuit for Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies with K-9 Link apprehending a Jamestown man.Deputies attempted to stop Thomas Kimbrough Sr., 50, for an observed traffic violation at 11:32 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Falconer.Deputies said the suspect fled the scene and the vehicle chase ended when Kimbrough crashed into a tree on Quaint Road.Deputies said he then fled on foot into the woods. K-9 Officer Link, while trailing Kimbrough, founds 19 grams of fentanyl, 15 grams of cocaine, 29 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packaging and a large amount of money.Link found Kimbrough in dense bushes.Kimbrough was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawful fleeing police, several traffic violations and parole violation on an original charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Ok, first off, you have parents’ that would rather be friends with their children rather than be a good parents’ and be parents’! It’s not the police’s fault that parents have raised their children up to be unlawful pieces of crap! And secondly, you’ve got child protection laws that says you can’t spank your children when they need to be spanked! And, now theirs a law that says you have to believe a child, even if, their story has been fabricated to get back at the parents’ for disciplining them! And then, you have the welfare system removing the father’s from the homes and destroying the nuclear family! I’ve always told my children when they were growing up” if you do something to break the law and get arrested you’re safer in jail”! You have more parents’ that don’t take their families to church than who do! Our government has allowed schools to teach our children that if you’re putting a whopping on you they’ll get in trouble! Maybe all the law makers need to literally take a walk in the police officers shoes and see for themselves what it’s like to be a police officer! Compliance with the police is key! I support our law enforcement! BLM BLUE LIVES MATTER! Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Leaders in Jamestown are asking for the public’s input by taking an online survey part of the city’s police reform initiative.Officials with the Jamestown City Council Public Safety Committee say the survey is intended to solicit feedback from the community about the Jamestown Police Department.The link to answer the survey is: surveymonkey.com/r/jpdreformCities in New York State are required under a directive by Governor Andrew Cuomo to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. Each police agency’s reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including, but not limited to use of force. Police forces must adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding.The survey will be open from now until Nov. 1.For questions on the survey can be directed to the Mayor’s Office by calling (716) 483-7600 or emailing email@example.com.