Civility and diversity

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. Dating back to 1850’s England, John Stuart Mill argued in an expansive and ground-breaking essay titled “On Liberty” that the charge of people to inform themselves and speak their minds as a matter of necessity.  It is through reasoned argument and […]

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Reacquaint yourself with a hopeful New Kenosha

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. In recent months, I took a hiatus from Kenosha County to have my first child. Now, after my maternity leave wraps, I am coming back to Kenosha with a renewed focus. Perhaps you, like me, need to get reacquainted with a […]

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Processing and recovering from community trauma

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. Community trauma. Whether through natural disasters, public health crises or tragic social events spurring community-level violence, these are deeply felt by residents but often not recognized. Like so many of you, since Sunday, Aug. 23, I have been processing the Kenosha […]

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Investments in civic health will be needed as we recover

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. o doubt Kenosha has, over the past weeks, experienced tremendous tragedy and challenge during which community members have demonstrated remarkable moments of grace, courage and fortitude. While the road to recovery and healing will be long and deliberate, it is a […]

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Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program 2020 collection event is July 25th

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser today is announcing this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, which will hold its Collection Event July 25th. “The Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program is a FREE program and a great opportunity for Kenosha County residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly way,” Kreuser […]

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Adaptive leadership can help with challenging times

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. We are living in challenging times. Between March and mid-April 2020, three rounds of COVID-19 response stimulus packages—some the largest ever made law through federal policies—were approved to meet the crisis. These packages total nearly $2.5 trillion of what is presumably, […]

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People of all walks of life are taking part in solution

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. As I reflect over the past weeks of heightened safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been considering the critical institutions of government, nonprofit and businesses calling so many essential capacities to work. Professional leadership has been tremendous […]

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Food Bank nonprofit set to launch

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. Last week, our largest food pantry in Kenosha County hosted a ribbon-cutting of its relocated pantry facility that is now housed on the same site as its emergency shelter program. Congratulations to Shalom Center’s leadership, staff and volunteers. The nearly 10,000 […]

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The dark side of higher education: student loan debt

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. Today I am exploring, in public with trepidation, the implications of the dark side of my higher education experience: Student loan debt. While I, like presumably many former students, would not trade that experience/opportunity for the world, nonetheless I have resigned […]

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A journey of self-discovery with The Enneagram

Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Kenosha News. As of 2013, I have been a certified facilitator and trainer of a personality and temperament assessment called Real Colors. This is based broadly on the Myers Briggs Test but in a much, much simpler form. A way I can […]

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