Fire chief announces diversity plan – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Great job Pastor Nehemiah Smith goes to show that one man can make a difference. I know been there done that and ignant racist white folk and ignant safe black folk just don’t get it but actions speaks louder than words. Continue to be about not only words but action. One thing this ignant CC Rider got a problem with is you did the damn thing and now the chief is more focused on diversity. Okay he wants to get it right and that is a good thing because a diversity plan should have already been in place. Sorry but trues can’t be ignored, you may not give a damn or be in denial but with consistency this is what one can do. Thank you Chief and Pastor Smith.

The Rocky Mount Fire Department has developed a plan to guide recruitment of a more diverse workforce.

The Diversity Recruitment Strategic Plan serves as the foundation that the department will use to grow its philosophy in support of a diverse and inclusive culture, said Fire Chief Mike Varnell.

“This culture will offer all potential and current employees the opportunity to enter the public safety environment with the necessary tools and perspective to succeed in learning their job and advance to positions of greater responsibility within the department,” Varnell stated in the plan’s executive summary.

A report on how the department plans to support blacks and other under-represented people desiring advancement within the department is forthcoming, Varnell said. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Barton hosting discussion on race, diversity – Wilson Times

Barton College will host an evening of discussion focused on race and diversity Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall.

The Barton College Minority Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Hackney Library have teamed up to host this campus and community panel discussion, “The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement: A Series of Conversations on Moving Forward.”

Although there is no single objective, one of the goals of this public forum is to provide a welcoming and safe setting for guests to discuss the many social challenges we witness and experience as citizens of our local communities. Campus organizers hope to encourage constructive dialogue among a diverse audience that will promote compassion and trust, while dispelling stereotypes and suspicion.

Barton students have a major role in bringing this important event to the public. “I’m excited to see students engaged with the community concerning topics such as social justice, race, and diversity and how we can work more closely together to help bring about change for the better,” explained Cederick Parris, a junior middle school education major with a concentration in social studies and a member of the Minority Student Association. (Source: Read more)

Diversity will help strengthen departments – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount police and fire officials are taking the correct approach in aiming to increase the diversity of their departments.

The police department is looking to hire as many as eight officers, and the fire department intends to fill three full-time and nine part-time positions.

Police and fire officials told Telegram staff writer Brie Handgraaf that they want their departments to better reflect the community they serve. That’s an important and laudable goal. (More)


The vice chairman of the Wake County Board of Education says “there will be an effort by this board…” to revisit Policy 6200, the long held school board policy that established socioeconomic student diversity as an important tool in the school system, before the previous conservative-led Wake school board gutted it in favor of neighborhood schools. (More)

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Wake County Public Schools


Butterfield to Highlight Diversity and Education in the District




For Release:  Immediate



Date:  February 16, 2012


Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury 
Phone:  (202) 225.3101

                                                   Mobile: (202) 465.5125


Butterfield to Highlight Diversity and Education in the District

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) will make several stops next week in North Carolina’s First Congressional District to discuss diversity, highlight education efforts, and celebrate Black History Month.

On Monday, Butterfield will participate in a forum sponsored by the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN), with twenty Latino leaders to discuss education, healthcare, economic development, and immigration issues affecting the state’s Latino community. 

On Wednesday and Thursday, Butterfield will visit several schools.  While there, he will meet with Teach For America (TFA) educators and Eastern North Carolina TFA Executive Director Robyn Schryer Fehrman.  The Congressman will also instruct students in a short lesson in African-American history in recognition of Black History Month.

Butterfield will cap his tour with a book delivery to Greene County Middle School, whose library was destroyed by the tornados that ravaged the state last April.  The books were donated through the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program.  Since 2008, the program has collected thousands of books for eligible organizations and institutions.


WHAT: Butterfield Highlights Education, Diversity, and Black History Month in the District

WHEN & WHERE: Monday, February 20

                                  9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.                    Latino Listening Session

                                                                                East Carolina Heart Institute Conference

                                                                                115 Heart Drive

                                                                                Greeneville, North Carolina 27834


                                      Wednesday, February 22

                                      10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.              Teach for America Classroom Visit

                                                                                                Plymouth High School

                                                                                                800 East Main Street

                                                                                                Plymouth, North Carolina


                                     11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.             Washington County Government Services Tour

                                                                                                9500 Highway 94 North

                                Creswell, North Carolina 27928


     Thursday, February 23

                                      10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.              Teach For American Classroom Visit

                                                                                                Northampton West STEM High School

                                                                                                152 Hurricane Drive

                Gaston, North Carolina 27832


                                       1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.               Teach For America Classroom Visit

                                                                                Bertie STEM High School

                                                                                                715 US Highway 13 North

                                                                                                Windsor, North Carolina 27983


      3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                Northampton Memorial Library Visit

                                                                                                207 West Jefferson Street

                                                                                                Jackson, North Carolina 27845




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Congressman G.K. Butterfield Keynote Speaker For The African American Caucus Banquet

Congressman G.K. Butterfield

NAACP President refuses to answer questions from Wake Superintendent–Source: NBC 17

RALEIGH, N.C. –Minority students outnumber minority teachers three to one in Wake County, so Superintendent Tony Tata has asked the NAACP to help find a solution to fix the issue. (Read more)

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Wake County Public Schools

Representation Boards Should Be Diverse

In regards to color being an issue, if there is little to none representation of people of color then it should be considered. Just like there are many boards where there is no female voice so therefore during election time and/or appointment time for me I look at such if and only if I feel that these persons will do a good job. When it comes to representation on any board diversity ie: black, white, male, female and age should all be taken into consideration. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator