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Nanette Chun-Ming Ward resigns from the Office of Community Services

Friday, October 24, 2008 | 2:27 p.m. CDT; updated 11:04 a.m. CDT, Saturday, October 25, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services confirmed that Nanette Chun-Ming Ward has resigned from her position with the city as human rights investigator, human rights educator and study circles program coordinator.

She began working with the City of Columbia in 2000. In 2001, she organized the "Let's Talk, Columbia!" community study circles program. This program was designed to facilitate discussion on community issues between Columbia neighbors of different backgrounds.

Ward submitted her resignation on Friday, Oct. 17.

Stephanie Browning, director of the public health and human services department, confirmed that the city has accepted Ward's resignation.


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Marlon Jordan October 27, 2008 | 6:30 a.m.

What is going on here? I just submitted two complaints to this agency and now the sudden departure of Ward, from the Human Rights Commission. I smell the city's poop! Oh hell, I'm dead!

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Molly Barrett November 3, 2008 | 3:17 p.m.

On behalf of Everyday Democracy, I write to salute Nanette Ward for her efforts on behalf of “Let’s Talk, Columbia.”

Everyday Democracy works with communities across the country, helping them find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk, and work together to solve problems. Thanks to Nanette’s leadership and dedication, Columbia is one of more than 550 communities where public dialogue is becoming a force for change.

For at least seven years, Nanette trained adults and teens to facilitate dialogue, organized monthly community circles and an annual public dialogue event. Let’s Talk, Columbia gave Columbia residents opportunities to address a range of issues, including race, diversity, youth issues, the role of the media, the gap in student achievement, poverty, and more.

Hundreds participated. Together, they built new relationships and networks, and became more active in the public life of the community.

Over the years, the Human Rights Commission has worked with the Missourian, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Youth Empowerment Zone, the University of Missouri, and the Columbia Public Library, and others. Engaging the support of these community partners expanded the reach of “Let’s Talk, Columbia,” encouraging more people to grapple with tough social and political issues.

Under Nanette’s leadership, Columbia has joined a host of communities across the country where people are learning that every voice matters and that our democracy benefits when everyone gets involved.

We are proud to have worked with you, Nanette. We wish you the very best.

Molly Barrett for Everyday Democracy (www.everyday-democracy.org )

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Erin Cozad December 1, 2008 | 4:16 p.m.

Nanette, I am sure, will be greatly missed. I had the privilege of working with her during my time in Columbia as a law student, and can honestly say that I have rarely met someone so committed to the idea of acceptance for all people, cultures, and walks of life.

She is gentle, but also firm -- I felt inspired to work harder for those who needed my help because of her commitment. Good luck to you in the future, Nanette!

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