Chief Isaiah McKinnon: Policing From The Inside

Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Chief Isaiah McKinnon: Policing From The Inside

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd last May, outcry and demonstrations sprang up in cities throughout the United States. Debates ensued not just over the techniques police use to subdue suspects, but also the role of police in our communities. During the debates, one mans story of creating lasting change rose to national prominence. Isaiah McKinnon, former chief of police and deputy mayor of Detroit, exemplifies a life dedicated to creating the change you want to see in the world. As a young police officer, he experienced racism firsthand, and as a public servant he rose to positions of authority in which he could do something about it. Chief McKinnon joins the Hauenstein Center and our partner in Grand Valleys Division of Inclusion and Equity, as well as the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library, for our annual celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week at Grand Valley State University.

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The Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is a leadership development program for 60+ undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year. The program is co-curricular and cross-disciplinary putting our student fellow candidates through a rigorous curriculum of training, assessment, and practice designed to instill leadership excellence. Candidates are admitted to the Cook Leadership Academy for one or more years. Each applicant must meet the criteria of high academic achievement, active involvement in the campus community, dedication to the public good, a passion to lead, and a commitment to personal growth.

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