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    March 2021 Meeting: Speaker - Kimberlee Shaw-Ellis

    Date: March 9, 2021, 11:45am
    Jayhawk SHRM Board
    In-Person: Maceli's Banquet Hall - 1031 New Hampshire St. Lawrence, KS 66044

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    March Chapter Luncheon

    Kim Shaw-Ellis: "Diversity & Overcoming Implicit Bias"

    Kimberlee Shaw-Ellis is the LGBTQA Liaison and Diversity Coordinator of the Kansas City Police Department.

    With a career spanning more than 33 years in Law Enforcement Kim presents throughout the nation and internationally on topics including diversity and inclusion, overcoming implicit bias, crisis intervention, de-escalation skills and LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention/Awareness. She is the LGBTQ Liaison/Diversity Coordinator for a Department of over 1,400 Officers.  Kimberly acts as a liaison between minority communities that feel under-served, to give them a voice including the LGBTQ Community.  Kim will educate the attendees on how to better support Diversity within our Companies or Communities. In addition, to discussing how she heads up Recruiting Efforts for the Police Department in the LGBTQ community and the department focuses on this area.

    Misc. Items from local News Article:

    Shaw-Ellis is working to change that dynamic. Whether that's speaking to thousands at KC Pride Fest or a to 13-year-old boy in crisis she recently helped. He didn't feel safe to coming out as gay, so instead he was acting out on the internet, being groomed by a pedophile.

    “We put together what was happening, and there is a huge concern,” Shaw-Ellis said. “Of course, my biggest concern is his safety because he is in a very high-risk category for being sex trafficked. He is in a very high-risk category of suicide, of being so isolated and alone and feeling like he has nowhere to turn and no one to talk to just simply be who he is.”

    Cynthia Hoffman is the Youth Street Outreach Program manager at Synergy Services. She said what's so valuable about what Shaw-Ellis is doing is that it shows those who feel that they do not have a voice that they're accepted.

    “Any time an adult really takes the time to listen to a youth and their story and to ask what do you want to see change in your community? That is when change happens,” Hoffman said.

    Not only is Shaw-Ellis reaching out to those who feel under-served, but she's also bringing that information back to the department to affect policy and training, educating her fellow officers and command staff on how to most effectively work with the diverse minority populations in Kansas City.

    One of the most important things she's doing now is trying to recruit people from the LGBTQ community and other minority groups to join the police department as officers or civilian employees so KCPD can look more like the city it serves.


    Maceli's Banquet Hall - 1031 New Hampshire St. Lawrence, KS 66044 **Parking is available on the street and in the parking garage one block north.


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