The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will host its national conference in Ypsilanti this fall, but the group announced a community service commitment that will last past the convention.
The association has pledged to work with Ypsilanti Community Schools during the next five years on improving black student achievement, parent involvement, as well as business and community engagement. The group is known for working with communities.
Nathaniel Alston is the national chairman of the association. He says they also want to improve the relationship between police and the community.
"The more that we have that dialogue, whether it's the EMU community, whether it's the sheriff's department or the police here in Ypsi...the more that we can communicate, collaborate all three, then the community has a better chance of really getting their voices heard," said Alston.
The association also plans to offer career services to Eastern Michigan University students. The group is working with Ypsi Real/Destination Ann Arbor to host their national conference in September and to help connect them with the Washtenaw County community.
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