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Boone County Jail Data

Boone County Jail Data Analysis
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. 
Live event via Zoom

University of Missouri professor Jeanne Mihail will present her analysis of publicly available data from the Boone County Jail. She looked for patterns in the data — people charged, types of charges, etc. — to see what equities/inequities might be revealed.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Public Library. Please register for a Zoom link. This event will be recorded for later viewing.


Annual LWVCBC Founders Day Event
Saturday, December 11, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Live event via Zoom

Our guest speaker will be Mike Szydlowski, science coordinator of Columbia Public Schools, who will tell us about the Boone County Nature School.

Violet Vander Haar will provide our entertainment by singing songs of democracy.
We will present our Outstanding Citizen Award to Ruth O’Neill of the Catholic Worker Community, orchestrator of the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, and attorney with the Department of Social Services. The Liz Schmidt Community Service Award be presented to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and will be accepted by the president and CEO Lindsey Lopez.

Members will receive the Zoom link by email.

Fair Redistricting
Here is a link to resources about Redistricting in Missouri:

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave
“Lunch & Learn”
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Live on Zoom

Millions of Americans can’t take a single paid sick day to take care of themselves or a sick child.

Members of the League of Women Voters in Kansas City have studied the need for paid family leave policies and legislation in Missouri and will present their findings.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Public Library.

Register for a Zoom link. Event recorded for later viewing.


Mental Health & Substance Abuse

“Mental Health and Substance Use—Make the connection with our kids”
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
On Zoom

This presentation will explore the connection between mental health and substance use. We will discuss how to start these conversations with youth. Adults play a powerful role when it comes to positively influencing young people. Participants will learn what to look for, how to help, and specific factors for working with different age groups.

Speakers from the Children’s Grove, Social Emotional/Mental Wellbeing committee:

Kim Dude-Lammy, former director of the Wellness Resource Center

Heather Harlan, a family support group facilitator for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Columbia and a member of the Board of Directors for the Youth Community Coalition

Laura Powell, a Prevention Coordinator Lead for Compass Health Network

This program is cosponsored by the Columbia Public Library.
Register for a Zoom link:


Minority Youth: Inequities in Justice

“Minority Youth: Inequities in Justice”
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
7:00 p.m.
On Zoom

The panelists include:

Tara Eppy, Superintendent, Boone County Juvenile Justice Center
Ruth McCluskey, chief juvenile officer for the 13th District Court
The Honorable Sarah Miller, Missouri 13th District, Family Court Commissioner
David Tyson Smith, defense attorney and 45th District MO State Representative

The moderator will be D’Andre Thompson, Program Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Specialist for Boone County Community Services:

   Registration is required for this Zoom event at this link:

   A number of local organizations are cosponsors of this program, including: the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County Civil Liberties Committee: the Columbia Public Library; the Worley Street Roundtable; the Boone County Community Services; the Cradle to Career Alliance; FACE; Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence; Faith Voices; Mid-Missouri Civil Liberties Association; Minority Men’s Network; NAACP-Columbia Branch; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Chi Omega chapter.

This program is in observation of National Constitution Day.