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South Bend hires new Director of Human Rights Commission, Yolanda Young-Smith

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The City of South Bend’s has hired a new Director of the Human Rights Commission, Yolanda Young-Smith.

Young-Smith joins the City of South Bend after serving as a Career Coach with Goodwill Industries and previously holding the position of Director of Student Life, Leadership, and Development at Ivy Tech Community College.

“I am excited to join the team of the dynamic community leader and DEI advocate, Michael Patton,” said Young-Smith. “I embrace the quote, ‘Change Nothing and Nothing Changes,’ so I am ecstatic to work with the team to help the take Human Rights Commission to new heights and make it more robust.”

Young-Smith holds a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership, Equity, and Inquiry from Illinois State University.

A human rights director typically  directs research and training relating to all areas of human relations, human and civil rights law and current trends in social action.

The South Bend Human Rights Commission will hold a meet and greet with Young-Smith from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Howard Park Event Center.

Camp Atterbury is expected to house evacuees through the end of January.

As of December 1st, more than 300 Afghans have been resettled in Indiana, with the potential of 700 to be resettled in Indiana over the next few weeks. Some are now in the South Bend area.

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Thor December 9, 2021 at 2:59 pm

Now there’s a position without a mission unless they manufacture one from whole cloth. But I’m sure “something” will change to justify the jobs program.

Charles U Farley December 9, 2021 at 3:03 pm

“a PhD in Leadership, Equity, and Inquiry”

LOL, that sounds really useful in the real world.

This sounds like a fluff job made to reward a crony. What the heck does a city need a “human rights commission” for? Especially someone with a bias toward finding things that don’t exist so they can justify their job…


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