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Kalamazoo area leaders to meet, discuss diversity in the community

Kalamazoo area leaders to meet, discuss diversity in the community

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - What does it mean to be a diverse community?

That's the topic of a town hall meeting this weekend in Kalamazoo.

With all that's happening across the country, when it comes to immigrants, refugees, and just talks about diversity, area leaders are putting together an event tomorrow to allow people to ask questions and get information about where Kalamazoo and Portage stand on the issues.

There have been a lot of protests over the last few weeks when it come to immigrants and refugees, and local leaders are using that to start a conversation here.

They tell us the event won't focus just on one specific topic, but will discuss the need for diversity in our area and ways to respect and embrace our differences.

Those speaking Saturday morning will include local lawmakers, law enforcement officers, educators, and even community members to talk about their experiences.

"I think as a community we need to find some middle ground. It's ok to be on one end. It's ok to be on the other end. But somehow we have to have the conversation to find snow middle ground in all of this," said Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas. "And I believe this conversation respecting diversity can bring us together or answer some of the questions on either end of the spectrum."

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fetzer Center at WMU.

It is completely free and open to everyone.

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