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Kellogg Foundation Leads a Broad Coalition to Launch Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Process Aimed at Addressing Centuries of Racial Inequities in the United States

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Former Governors Winter (Miss.) and Patrick (Mass.), and other Prominent Figures Embrace Comprehensive TRHT Enterprise

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched its next step in pursuit of racial equity for the nation, an unprecedented Truth, Racial Healing &Transformation (TRHT) enterprise that will help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value. Over the last nine years, the nation’s sixth largest private foundation invested more than $200 million in organizations working to heal racial divides and eradicate structural bias in their communities.

Already, more than 70 diverse organizations and individuals ranging from the National Civic League to the YWCA USA to the National Congress of American Indians are partners in the TRHT process. This broad coalition seeks to move the nation beyond dialogues about race and ethnicity to unearthing historic and contemporary patterns that are barriers to success, healing those wounds and creating opportunities for all children.

“Our nation looks at far too many people as deficits, instead of assets,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, WKKF’s president and CEO. “Entrenched beliefs create an uneven disbursement of opportunities that give advantages when it comes to jobs, education, housing, civic participation and health. TRHT follows a proven and structured process for implementing change that can allow all children to matter and have opportunities to succeed.”

Through its work with the America Healing initiative, WKKF has supported approximately 1,000 national and community organizations representing Native American, African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab American and white communities, which want to jettison the antiquated belief in the hierarchy of human value that limits the even distribution of opportunities throughout the nation.

The TRHT process will adapt some practices and learnings of previous Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC), which have been instrumental in resolving deeply rooted conflicts around the world, and apply them in the United States for a national, comprehensive enterprise to resolve the consequences of centuries of racism and structural inequities. By uncovering human rights violations and tragedies, and engaging populations in a healing process, TRCs have historically restored dignity and respect on many occasions, paving the way for the transforming of societies – a prevailing objective of the U.S. effort.

WKKF believes the stage is set for this pioneering enterprise. The repeated police and civilian killings of unarmed people of color, well-documented bias within our education, health, civic and justice systems, and escalating divisive rhetoric over religious and ethnic intolerance and immigration policies have created an environment where race and ethnicity are driving our national discourse and fueling anxiety and fear in our communities.

In conjunction with WKKF, the Northeastern University School of Journalism today released an analysis of recent polling data showing that public opinion among whites in the U.S. has shifted significantly, with polling data underscoring that a large segment of the public is ready for a comprehensive initiative on racism, such as the TRHT.

Jonathan Kaufman, director of the Northeastern University School of Journalism, a TRHT partner, recalled the optimism after President Obama was elected in 2008, saying there was hope the election marked a turning point in race relations. “But you don’t unwind centuries of pain on one election night,” he said. “What makes TRHT so promising is that many Americans have acknowledged there are race-related problems. The hope is to use the TRHT for earnest discussions on these issues and for finding solutions that will help to heal communities.”

Specifically, the TRHT enterprise will prioritize inclusive, community-based healing activities and policy design that seek to change collective community narratives and broaden the understanding that Americans have for their diverse experiences. TRHT will assemble national and local commissions that will hold public meetings on the consequences of racial inequity and work toward mobilizing systems and structures to create more equitable opportunities. Together, civic, religious, philanthropic, corporate, civic rights and government leaders will create ways to hold the nation and communities accountable and monitor progress.

The TRHT enterprise will be led by Dr. Gail C. Christopher, who will become vice president of TRHT, and remain a senior advisor to the foundation. “Dr. Christopher has provided leadership and expertise on health and well-being, racial healing and racial equity in designing and guiding America Healing,” Tabron said. “It was Gail’s vision that a TRHT process could be the next step to help America heal the wounds of the past, and move forward in expanding racial equity. She is the right person to lead at this unprecedented moment in time when the foundation is launching this groundbreaking effort.”

Christopher said that racial hierarchy plays a central role in social, economic and government policies, and that an effective Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation process can lead to sustainable change. “Until we change the consciousness of this nation to one that embraces all of humanity as having equal worth and all of our children as deserving of equal opportunity, our democratic ideals will not be realized,” she said.

One component of the TRHT enterprise is a multi-faceted media campaign – “Remix the Narrative” – that premiers today and will help counter negative perceptions of people of color and various religious and ethnic groups. The campaign will provide a platform for inviting and empowering individuals, especially youths and young adults, to amplify their own stories through their own voices. Watch the video at www.remixthenarrative.org and engage by remixing your own narrative.

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick are honorary co-chairs of the national TRHT Commission. The partners, including legendary TV producer Norman Lear, the Schultz Family Foundation and National League of Cities, are working with WKKF to shape TRHT’s activities. “We will continue to invite and accept new partners, as we build a powerful coalition to transform this nation,” Christopher said.

Ramón Murguía, chairman of the WKKF Board of Trustees, cited the importance of having influential media figures such as Lear join the TRHT enterprise. “It is critically important to have influentials engaged in the TRHT work. Just as it is important that people of color are energized to lead and participate. There are thousands of untold stories in communities of color that must be shared to shape authentic perceptions of our lives.”

The National Civic League, which annually presents an All-American City Award for civic innovation, will make TRHT a centerpiece of the 2016 and 2017 All-America City Awards and leverage its Model City Charter and Civic Index materials to support TRHT efforts.

“We welcomed the partnership and support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative which now engages nearly 40 corporations in helping young people overcome so many barriers to opportunity, to literally ‘beat the odds’ in their communities,” said Daniel Pitasky, executive director of the Schultz Family Foundation. “We also applaud the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their pioneering and steadfast leadership on the deep issues of racial healing and racial equity and look forward to exploring ways to deepen our organizational partnerships to help ‘change the odds’ for so many young people facing racial and economic barriers.”

Over the last 30 years, WKKF has worked to end racial bias, and in 2007 the board of trustees publically declared it was an antiracist organization that promotes racial equity.

“The TRHT is our call to action,” Tabron said. “To get results, to keep moving toward equality, our ranks must swell with those committed to racial progress, committed to blocking efforts to limit voting by people of color, committed to ending racial disparities in school discipline, committed to quality education for all, committed to jobs for residents of underserved communities, committed to restoring fairness in our justice system, committed to ending segregated housing patterns, committed to promoting health equity and committed to providing opportunities for all of our nation’s children.”

Organizations and individual partners supporting the TRHT enterprise are available here.

The Northeastern University School of Journalism polling analysis report is available here.

 
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. Visit www.wkkf.org.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation 
Partner Quotes:


Cornell William Brooks

President and CEO
NAACP
“Our nation cannot truly correct the longstanding oppressions caused by centuries of enslavement, terrorism, economic and social ostracism until we accept and acknowledge the damage it has caused. We hope this effort will help more people see the scars that racism has inflicted in our homes, neighborhoods and communities, and to confront the casual indifference that has denied opportunities for quality education, economic prosperity and civil rights across this country to generations.”

Philip Tegeler
President/Executive Director
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
“PRRAC is honored to support the Kellogg Foundation’s new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation process. It is striking that this new initiative is launching at the same time as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” process. Both of these efforts will ask American communities to take a hard look at their history of racial segregation and their current state of racial and economic disparity. This is an important opportunity for divided communities to acknowledge their past and move forward together.”
“The cumulative effects of racialized structural barriers and the everyday harms of implicit bias mean that racial difference is far too often an omni-present obstacle to full belonging in our society for people of color. While most people of all races and ethnicities subscribe to the egalitarian goal that race or ethnic difference should not prevent children from thriving, our allocation of resources and our behavior fail to reflect those goals.”

Mee Moua
President and Executive Director
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
“It is an understatement to say that these are difficult times as we contend with the rise in anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim hate and anti-blackness, not to mention the efforts to dismantle the civil and human rights like access to the ballot box and the right to live free from fear of harassment, profiling and police brutality. Every generation gets an opportunity to be tested and this is our testing moment. We are proud to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, because this journey toward Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is the vehicle that will ensure that we move beyond survive and thrive to a world transform by love and care for each other.”

Jerry Tello
Internationally-recognized authority in family strengthening, therapeutic healing, cross cultural issues and motivational speaker
“Healing really is an emotional, spiritual process,” Tello said. “You can change policies, you can change systems, but unless you are willing to face one another, to sit in a circle with one another, to acknowledge where you’re at in this journey as an individual, as a community and we as a country. …Racial healing is like the sister of racial equity. They have to walk together because we hurt as an interconnected family, and we have to heal as an interconnected community.”

Rachel Godsil
Law Professor at Seton Hall University
Co-founder of the Perception Institute
“The cumulative effects of racialized structural barriers and the everyday harms of implicit bias mean that racial difference is far too often an omni-present obstacle to full belonging in our society for people of color. While most people of all races and ethnicities subscribe to the egalitarian goal that race or ethnic difference should not prevent children from thriving, our allocation of resources and our behaviour fail to reflect those goals

Jacqueline Johnson Pata
Executive Director
National Congress of American Indians
“Our country is so rich with diverse cultures, including our first peoples. The Kellogg Foundation is providing us with a vehicle to understand our differences and our collective histories in order to strengthen communities built upon relationships respectful of our diverse cultures. NCAI is humbled to be a partner with the foundation and numerous other community organizations in a manner similar to the Truth and Reconciliation effort in Canada with Indigenous communities. With new insights and a shared commitment to healing communities, we will work as a nation of diverse peoples to bring about true respect and hope for our youth and future generations. “

ReMARCs: What is the American Record Without Black History? Ushering in a Valuable Month

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Racial Incidents Highlight Need for Black History Education

 

By Marc H. Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League

 

This week, 14 cadets at The Citadel, South Carolina’s military college, were disciplined after photographs circulated of them wearing Ku Klux Klan-style hoods.

At a Phoenix, Arizona, high school, six students have sparked outrage with a photograph of the girls wearing gold letters on their shirts spelling out a racial slur.

In both cases, the young people protested no offense was intended. It’s hard to imagine that well-educated near-adults could be ignorant of how their actions would be perceived. But even taking them at their word, these 20 students represent the desperate need for comprehensive Black history education – and not just during Black History Month.

The president of the Phoenix school’s Black Student Union said, “Something that used to stop my grandparents in their tracks is now being used in regular conversation. Someone needs to put their foot down and say it’s not OK to say that.”

Would a white student who was fully cognizant of the nation’s history of opression against African-Americans, of Jim Crow and institutionalized humiliation, casually toss around a racial slur for her own amusement, or wear a costume resembling the uniform of the nation’s most vicious and deadly terrorist organization? Possibly, but it’s far less likely. Students who grow up with a clear understanding of American history – all of American history – are less likely to perpetuate the sins of the past and more likely to participate in building a better future.

Black Legislators Unite to Support College Aid Program for Needy Students

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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus members stood in support of legislation that would release Monetary Award Program funding to universities throughout the state.
More than 100,000 college students received MAP grants in FY 15. Senate Bill 2043 provides $397.1 million for the MAP program, through which grants could be provided to an additional 15,000 students.
The legislation also provides:
·         Over $260 million for operations at community colleges throughout the state
·         $14 million is included to support operations at the City Colleges of Chicago
·         $49.8 million to fund career and tech education as well as GED programs statewide
The measure now moves on to the governor’s desk for approval.
Below are several quotes from members:
 
ILBC Chairwoman Kimberly A. Lightford
 
Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago)
 
“Today, I voted in support of Senate Bill 2043, which provides an estimated $397.1 million for the MAP program. I know firsthand the positive effect that this funding has on students, having been a recipient of it myself. It is my hope that the Governor will sign the legislation in law.”
 
 
Senator Napoleon Harris (D – Harvey)
“Providing low-income students the means to afford a college education should be a priority for any elected official,” Harris said. “We’ve forced these students and universities to wait for this aid for far too long. I’m proud to support people who are trying to better themselves and our communities.”
“We must do what we can to prevent colleges who are on a fiscal cliff from closing,” Harris said. “Many students in my district attend Chicago State. I want to help them and all public universities in our state.”
 
Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago)
“Critical funding will keep college students on the path toward completing their degrees,” said Trotter, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee and co-sponsor of the legislation. “I hope the governor stands with us to make college affordable and keep the doors open for our higher institutions of learning.”
 
Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago)
“Our teens have suffered enough during the budget impasse. I’m proud we passed funding to help MAP grant recipients continue their schooling,” said State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago). “We should continue fighting to keep great institutions such as Chicago State University open as well.”
 
Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago)
“This is a step in the right direction,” Jones said. “We have given schools like Chicago state some relief, but we need to pass a complete higher education funding package to ensure state schools can keep their doors open. Our vote today gave legislators an opportunity to lead by example and support our future leaders. “

Chicago can Save Millions for Taxpayers, Interrupt Police Code of Silence, and Reduce Violent Crime says University of California Irvine Law Review; Law Students Mobilize to Volunteer, Need CPD Cooperation

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Using U.S. Census Bureau data, new report finds over $43 million will be saved annually with access to legal aid in Chicago police stations. Having a lawyer when detained cuts down on unnecessary jail stays and prevents police misconduct that otherwise costs taxpayers millions in large settlements and pay outs.

 

 
This Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, from 12 Noon-1:30 P.M., Northwestern Law students host Dr. Bryan Sykes (author of the study), First Defense Legal Aid and Bluhm Legal Clinic Director to discuss the fiscal and social benefits if CPD’s arrestees could access legal aid when detained.

 

 
Currently known for police torture, police killings, and misconduct, Chicago can instead be known for a unique solution! FDLA will make specific calls to action for getting volunteer attorneys and law students into the police stations.

 

 
In addition to the financial benefits of protecting all people’s constitutional right to representation, there are also some very important human benefits to society. Anti-violence outreach counselor Mr. Charles Jones, has ample evidence of the significant social benefits derived from First Defense Legal Aid and access to representation. “Working with high risk youth and young adults I learned one major obstacle to behavior modification: that they felt totally helpless when it came to abusive law enforcement. Their frustration often led to aggressive behavior. I teach young people about the law, their rights, accessing their rights and what can be done when they feel their rights have been violated. I am teaching them that every right we have as citizens came not from acting out on each other, but through the legal process”.

 

 
As panel moderator, First Defense Legal Aid VISTA and National Conference of Black Lawyers President, Vickie Casanova Willis points out, “the human rights impact of providing all arrestees access to representation regardless of their social status or race is huge. It actually allows the entire system of law enforcement to operate more on the right side of the law, just as they expect others to do. When 100% of people have the constitutional right to an attorney while in police custody yet fewer than 1% of arrestees had a lawyer while in CPD custody (2013), we have a problem. In the country that incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world, many of whom are exonerated later as innocent, Chicago has the opportunity to be a true leader in stemming the false confession epidemic since we are currently the only city that offers a free attorney upon arrest, via our First Defense Legal Aid hotline. ”

 

 
The nonprofit charitable organization First Defense Legal Aid is the only way people in Chicago police custody can access their right to an attorney free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, when someone calls 1(800) LAW-REP-4 to alert our volunteer attorneys. Collaboration for Justice, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Chicago Appleseed Fund, National Conference of Black Lawyers, and others are hosting and co-sponsoring.

 

 
The Chicago Police Department reported that only .3% of their arrestees had a lawyer at any police station last year. The other 99.7% had the right to a lawyer too, but the public defender isn’t appointed until days later, police do not allow arrestees to use the phones until the end of the process, and the legal aid number is not provided. So, First Defense relies on 3rd parties to deploy their free services. More volunteers are needed to meet the growing demand.

 

“Dash cams get tampered with. Getting everyone an advocate to watchdog their treatment and investigation while in CPD custody is the best practice for interrupting the code of silence.” -Eliza Solowiej, co-author of the report.
The panel event will be held at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Rm # RB180

 

The report can be read HERE.

Half-Million-Dollar Bond Set for High School Dance Teacher Charged With Abusing Students

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A dance teacher and dance team coach at a North Side Chicago high school is facing multiple felony sex abuse charges for allegedly fondling students and sharing “snapchat” photos of his genitals with students who attended the school, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

 
Angel Pagan, 31, of Melrose Park, has been charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Harmful Material following an investigation by the Chicago Police Department in cooperation with the State’s Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit.

 
Pagan appeared in court today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where Judge Adam Bourgeois set his bond at $500,000.

 
According to prosecutors, Pagan utilized the “snapchat” cell phone app to communicate with three students at the school. Pagan had been sending one student messages through the app since April 2015 and began sending the other two students messages in December of 2015.

 
Last December, investigators say Pagan approached one of the students in the school locker room and made inappropriate comments to the student. Pagan then showered and afterwards exposed himself to that student. Pagan also fondled that student and another student over their clothes on two different occasions. Pagan also utilized the “snapchat” app to send each of the students a photo of his genitals with the captions “shower time” and “fresh and clean.” Two of the students were able to save the photo and turn it over to police.

 
Pagan’s next court date is Feb. 16.

 
The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Donald Trump Needs to Stop Hiding Behind Vets: Sign The Petition

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Supreme Court Makes Retroactive Ban on Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

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From: Marc Mauer
The Sentencing Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has given hope to potentially thousands of inmates sentenced as children to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). In its 6-3 ruling in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana, written by Justice Kennedy, the Court states that “children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change.”

Consistent with the Court’s rulings in a series of cases over the past 10 years, children are different in ways that make the mandatory, permanent sentence of life without parole completely inappropriate. Though mandatory sentencing of LWOP was ruled unconstitutional in Miller v. Alabama, states differed widely on applying the ruling retroactively.

The Sentencing Project has been involved in research and advocacy around the extent to which JLWOP sentences have been imposed in the U.S., the only country in the world that allows such a sentence for children. In 2010, we released our findings from a nationwide survey of nearly 1,600 individuals serving these sentences. We found overwhelming evidence that before they victimized others, many of these young people had been victimized themselves in ways that are difficult to imagine. We also found significant racial disparities, extreme poverty, and poor legal counsel associated with the imposition of life sentences for juveniles.

Despite these patterns, we also noticed a tremendous amount of change and reform from the inmates themselves over the years, sometimes decades, that they had been in prison.

As depicted in Senior Research Analyst Ashley Nellis’s book, A Return to Justice, mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles rose significantly in the 1990s during the so-called superpredator era, which has now been wholly discredited as fear-based media hype. Had it not been for the mandatory minimum sentences that were popularized during this time, the number of juveniles sentenced to LWOP would have been substantially lower.
We are very encouraged about the continuing momentum toward a more rational approach to responding to the behaviors of young people and we look forward to seeing its full implementation in the states.
Regards,
Marc Mauer

Former Marion County, Florida, Deputy Sheriff Charged with Excessive Use of Force

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Former Marion County, Florida, Deputy Sheriff Jesse Alan Terrell, 33, was indicted late yesterday on charges of violating the civil rights of “D.P.”, an unnamed victim, by using excessive force during an arrest.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Florida, and was announced by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 7, 2014, Terrell, while working as a deputy sheriff with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, assaulted “D.P.,” resulting in bodily injury.  The indictment alleges that Terrell repeatedly struck, kneed and kicked the victim in the head, neck and shoulder area.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Jacksonville Division, and is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida and Mark Blumberg and Maura White of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section.

Training Together: New FBI Academy Program Integrates Agents and Intelligence Analysts

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Today’s special agents and intelligence analysts graduating from the FBI Academy are beginning their first assignments fully prepared for collaborative work in the field thanks to an innovative training program launched in 2015.

Dubbed the Basic Field Training Course (BFTC), the new program offers an integrated curriculum that places new agent and intelligence analyst trainees together in a squad-like environment—the way agents and analysts work in actual FBI field offices. During the course, trainees learn skills like conducting investigations, interviewing, and providing briefings. Their academic training culminates with criminal and counterterrorism exercises modeled after real-world scenarios.

“The BFTC serves as an important element of our continued efforts to improve collaboration throughout the organization,” said Mark Morgan, assistant director of the Bureau’s Training Division. “From their first days in the FBI, special agents and intelligence analysts sit side-by-side, wear the same uniforms, and learn the necessity of working as a single, integrated, cohesive team. This is an exciting shift in the way we do things.”

Prior to launching the BFTC, agents and intelligence analysts historically trained under separate programs. While the new program integrates trainees where appropriate, specialized courses are still provided to students based on what their roles will be in the field. For example, special agents are instructed on the fundamentals of operating firearms and tactical driving, while intelligence analysts are taught how to analyze emerging threats and provide intelligence reports.

“We changed the way our students learn by integrating special agent and intelligence analyst instructors in the classroom—the lessons are presented by a team,” said Zachary Lowe, chief of the Training Division’s Instruction Section. “Having great instructors with current field experience integrating intelligence and operations has been critical to the success of the BFTC.”

The first group of graduates to complete the new training course walked across the stage at the FBI Academy this past fall to receive their credentials. One of those graduates was Alexandra, who now serves in the field as an intelligence analyst. Like other students in her class, Alexandra felt the program provided her with an invaluable experience.

“There was a great deal of cohesion within our group. We didn’t see each other as agents and analysts—we were just one class,” she said. “Having this type of integrated training, I believe, is the right step for the future of the FBI. Since we’re going to be working together in the field, it only makes sense to start us off so that collaboration is the only thing we know.”

The BFTC was developed in response to a key recommendation made in the 9/11 Commission Report, which called for the FBI to integrate its workforce and implement a dedicated team approach to national security operations. The curriculum of the new program answers this call by providing trainees with the necessary building blocks to further the FBI’s dual law enforcement and intelligence mission.

“Students completing the course now have a broader knowledge base to help them acclimate to the workforce,” said Catherine Fletcher, chief of the Training Division’s Curriculum Management Section.

Fletcher’s group played an integral role in developing the program’s learning components. Numerous subject matter experts as well as Headquarters and field office personnel were enlisted to provide input on the fundamental aspects of the program. Once the course’s curriculum was produced, it was thoroughly reviewed to ensure the content was relevant, current, and met the needs of the FBI’s mission. In all, the program was built from the ground up over the span of three years.

“During the BFTC development process, we focused on areas that would deliver the foundational skills needed for agents and analysts to understand each other’s roles,” said Fletcher. “By bringing in specialists from the field, holding focus groups, and connecting to the FBI’s current policies and procedures, we believe that this new curriculum achieves the end goal of instilling a team culture.”

Now in its 10th month at the FBI Academy, the BFTC is providing hundreds of new agents and intelligence analysts with the tools to succeed in the field as a seamless unit. Over time, the program will continue to evolve as new investigative and intelligence-gathering techniques emerge.

“We all have a stake in this new holistic approach to training, and we’ll need to stretch and learn accordingly,” said Fletcher. “In the end, we’re working as equal partners to support the FBI and the intelligence community as a whole.”

Resources:
More on the FBI’s training program

Photo Caption: Special agent and intelligence analyst trainees learn investigative skills side-by-side during the FBI’s Basic Field Training Course at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The course is a new FBI program designed to prepare trainees for collaborative work in the field.

Source: FBI

Chicago TV Awards Now Accepting Entries

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Bring us your best.
The Chicago International Television Awards is now accepting entries in over 70 competitive categories.
An important part of culture around the world, television has always been a platform for inventive storytellers. For over 50 years, the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards has been recognizing the very best in television. From outstanding commercials to dynamic programs, the TV Awards honors the greatest productions across the globe.
Compete against the best in the world. Be recognized. Enter today!
Submission Deadline: March 11, 2016

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