September 2020

Fun fact! At their September 2020 board meeting, the Iron County Board of Supervisors passed the Statement of Integrity and Respect.

The events of 2020 have left many of us feeling confused, angry, uncertain and even afraid. After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May, the recognition and understanding of racial discrimination and systemic racism became all too real.

The development of the statement was a collaboration of many minds, but led by the Iron County Youth Leadership Council. With the support of University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Iron County educators, Neil Klemme (4-H Youth Development) and Amy Nosal (Community Development), the students began the many months long project, seizing the opportunity to engage the council in addressing the issue locally. At the same time, NICER members were also talking about ways to address inequality and systemic racism. After several weeks of working strictly with the students, a couple of NICER board members joined the effort.

The groups plan to continue working toward furthering education & getting into action around issues related to social justice, inequality/inequity and discrimination. For more details, check out the Extension Iron County website.