Core Conversations: Being an Independence Police Chaplain; KC Black Urban Growers

Leslie first interviews Independence, MO, Police Department Chaplain Don Claphan, who has over 20 years of experience volunteering as a police chaplain. Learn about the responsibilities, training and life impacting experiences that police chaplains encounter in service to police officers and those who have been traumatized by life events. As a team, both chaplain and officer make an important difference in the lives of persons touched by tragedy. Although  these chaplains come from a variety of religious traditions, when they serve, they are a chaplain for everyone.

In our second half hour, Leslie Scott interviews Dina Newman, who in 2013, along with Katherine Kelly (executive Director of Cultivate KC), organized a group of Kansas City Black farmers who cultivated small urban farms and gardens which provided local produce to neighborhoods. This group, now known as the “Kansas City Black Urban Growers, Inc.” (KCBUGs), advocated for food insecure communities and for an equitable Kansas City food system. The KCBUGs now engages in “afri/agri-culture” development, relationship building, and advocacy to bring justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and economic development to urban and rural farming in the greater Kansas City area. KCBUGs has a stated commitment to building networks and community support through education, policy, and funding opportunities to help ensure that Black leadership is culturally, fairly and accurately represented.

Dina Newman served as the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council’s Health Initiatives Manager and Advocate for Change from 2010 to 2016. Ms. Newman developed strategic and tactical advocacy plans; mobilized the community around quality of health issues; created broad-based alliances; and developed projects that addressed health inequities. In 2015, Dina left the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council to go work as the Executive Director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Center for Neighborhoods.

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