Community invited to Summit to Reduce Violence, April 8

March 25, 2022

Be part of the solution when the Jackson community comes together for a Summit to Reduce Violence on Friday, April 8 at the American 1 Credit Union Event Center, 128 W. Ganson, Jackson.

Join in a multidisciplinary gathering of professionals and community members working together to tackle the issues of violence in Jackson. The Summit will bring community voices together with law enforcement, members of our judicial system, researchers, advocates, and those in the local neighborhoods to address violence and its impact on Jackson.

Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging Kelly Crum shared that Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka reached out to her office to discuss the College and other community partners hosting a Summit to reduce violence in the community. “Increased high school graduation and post-secondary education significantly reduce crime,” Crum said. “Jackson College is committed to our community and helping all pursue post-secondary degrees and certificates to boost future wages and employment outcomes. We ask community members to join us and be a part of the conversation to make a safer community that will bring forth prosperity.”

Local speakers will share causes, prevention, and action for a better community, with a panel discussion by those affected by violence. Guest speaker will be Jarmain “Juice” Merritt, a former inmate who now speaks internationally on reducing violence and is a trainer in violence interruption. From this event, workgroups will continue to meet regularly toward the goals established at the Summit.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on April 8, and the program at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register online.

Jackson College, Baker College, City of Jackson, Jackson Juneteenth Community Judicial Think Tank, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Office of Prosecuting Attorney Jerry M. Jarzynka, and Spring Arbor University are presenting this event.