Urban League of Northwest Indiana

Gary/Chicago Crusader

Today:  Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana joins us to talk about the 6th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon, to be held on March 22nd in Merrillville.   She explains the categories for this year's awards -- how applicants can put in nominations for them -- and how the awards fit in with the Urban League's goals of promoting, encouraging and enhancing services for all minority groups in northwest Indiana.  The deadline for applications for this year's awards is February 16th.

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HAMMOND - With the goal of opening a dialogue about racism and inspiring a focus on our commonalities over our differences, the Urban League of Northwest Indiana is having its Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at Purdue University Northwest from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday (11/9).  Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, President and CEO Urban League of the Northwest Indiana serving Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties talks about the organization's goals.

Arcadia Publishing-The History Press

Today:  Post-Tribune columnist-writer-public radio host Jerry Davich is in the studio to talk about his new book  "Crooked Politics in Northwest Indiana."  In it, Jerry looks into the political culture that involved secret handshakes, tapped telephone lines, backroom deals and -- in some cases -- murder. 

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Today:  Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. joins us to talk about the plans for a major Sportsplex to be built on some of the former Woodmar Shopping Center site.  When it's finished next summer, it'll be a building that the Mayor says will be larger than the state's largest similar structure, in the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield.   McDermott also updates us on the consent decree the city signed with U.S. EPA and IDEM that addresses compliance with orders to resolve sewage overflows into the Little Calumet and Grand Calumet Rivers.

Today:  Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer joins us to talk about his "thank you" message to the special education program employees at the Michigan City Area Schools on Wednesday, to kick off Indiana Disability Awareness Month.  Similar events are scheduled for later this month in Gary.

The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities says just over 19-percent of Hoosiers have some sort of disability, but they want to be recognized and accepted as people who want to be included in their communities, just like everyone else.

Indiana Public Media

A mentor can have a life-changing impact on a young person, regardless of race.  But an upcoming Indiana Youth Institute-Urban League of Northwest Indiana mentoring workshop will focus on vulnerable black men and boys.

State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) is also co-sponsoring the event.  He will share his thoughts and experiences as a mentor with the two-day workshop on January 27 and 28.  It will be held at the Gary City Life Center, 225 W. 5th Ave.  I talked with him about this event on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday.  Here's the conversation.