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Community Engagement Division

March 2021

Communtity Engagement - Mark Bishop

Melissa Kieswetter is facilitating a series of meetings with the three MITW eligible tribal colleges regarding higher education matters (student services, financial aid, enrollment, training opportunities, equity, etc).  Beginning last month, Melissa facilitated the standing monthly meeting with goal to help navigate issues, identify solutions and leverage state and partner support in areas where it's needed.  This is a significant intergovernmental cooperative effort.

The Spread Hope Not Covid Coalition is offering a series of focus group/targeted community forums across the state. Ahead of the discussion, attendees are encouraged to submit their questions for the town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine. Any questions that cannot be answered during the town halls due to time constraints, will be reviewed and added to the State of Michigan COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions. In the following months, Michigan will also host additional town halls in partnership with public health and community leaders. Events are live-streamed at

Stay Well webinar for Immigrants & ESL individuals - February 24
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life dramatically for many Michiganders…and particularly for those whose second language is English. Immigrants may be feeling pandemic-related emotional distress at levels never felt before. Gain tools to manage these feelings and regain hope at an upcoming free webinar.
Register at
Stay Well webinar for People within Marginalized racial/ethnic groups - March 1
Individuals experiencing racial and ethnic health disparities may feel particular effects from the pandemic. When a community is disproportionately harmed by a disaster like COVID-19, it is normal to feel sadness, anxiety, or other symptoms of emotional distress. But help and emotional support are available.
Register for a free, one-hour webinar at
Stay Well webinar for Unemployed individuals - March 4
Massive unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic has left many Michiganders out of work and emotionally distraught. When you are unemployed, it is normal to feel anxious, fearful or depressed… and concerns about the virus itself can compound the misery. But you shouldn't feel alone.
Join a free, one-hour webinar for tools and support at

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Finally, the Connect Michigan Taskforce Virtual Listening Tour: You are cordially invited to attend the Connecting Michigan Taskforce Virtual Listening Tour. Broadband is a critical topic for improving the quality of life for all Michiganders. Join the Connecting Michigan Taskforce for a virtual listening and learning tour to discuss broadband and technology in the state. Local and regional stakeholders are invited to participate in order to learn more about the taskforce, hear about federal and state broadband efforts, and provide your insights and feedback to the taskforce on broadband issues and solutions in your community.

Click here to register today for one of the twelve available sessions:


Communtity Engagement - Anthony Lewis