Elizabeth Gabriel

KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow

Elizabeth Gabriel is the second KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She covers stories related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in rhetoric and writing, as well as radio, television, and film. Her radio experience includes participating in NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. For the assignment, she profiled Kate Hellenbrand—75 at the time—who is known as “America’s Godmother of Tattooing.” She also has interned with the news department at KUT in Austin, TX, and most recently completed an internship with KRBD in Ketchikan, AK, where she worked as a news reporter and hosted Morning Edition. 

What Has Lane County Changed A Year After Protests For Racial Justice?

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Chris Pietsch / The Register-Guard

 

Government officials and organizations across the country passed resolutions in response to Black Lives Matter protests last year. They said they would better support Black community members. However, not everyone is impressed with local efforts to help Oregonians of color.

Dana Sparks / The Register-Guard

 

Four days after George Floyd’s murder last May, Lane County residents of all backgrounds took their anger and sadness to the street to fight injustice, apathy and, sometimes, their own feelings of hopelessness — and continued to do so nearly every day for weeks through a summer of action.

Lauren Ibanez

 

Graduarse de la preparatoria en Oregon no siempre es fácil. Aunque el año pasado el estado vio la clase de graduados más grande registrada, aún así el 20% de los estudiantes de último año no se graduaron. Eso es a pesar de que los requisitos de graduación se relajaron durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Si los estudiantes están preocupados por sus finanzas, comida y vivienda, y experimentan la falta de alojamiento, es aún más difícil obtener un diploma.

Lauren Ibanez

 

El costo de asistir a la universidad no es solo la matrícula. Los libros, la vivienda, la comida, las adaptaciones para el aprendizaje y otros gastos se suman. Si bien pagar la universidad en cualquier parte del país no es barato, es especialmente difícil en Oregón, donde la ayuda financiera es considerablemente más baja que en algunos de sus estados vecinos.

 

Casi la mitad de los estudiantes universitarios no cuentan con el dinero suficiente para comprar alimentos saludables y culturalmente relevantes con regularidad. En Oregon, menos de un tercio de esos estudiantes solicitaron el programa federal de asistencia alimentaria para ayudar a prevenir la inseguridad alimentaria. Pero los defensores de este programa esperan que esos números cambien.

Melorie Begay / KLCC News

 

Attending higher education can be exciting. Not only is it an opportunity to learn, it’s a chance to make new friends and engage in new experiences. But navigating college can be even more challenging if students’ basic needs aren’t met. 

Lauren Ibanez

 

Pagar la universidad en Oregon es difícil para la mayoría de la gente, pero los estudiantes de bajos ingresos enfrentan desafíos en numerosos niveles. Algunos estudiantes están tan decididos a graduarse que están dispuestos a quedarse sin hogar solo para pagar los gastos universitarios.

Lauren Ibanez

 

Almost half of college students don’t have enough money to regularly buy healthy and culturally relevant food.  In Oregon, less than a third of those students applied for the federal food assistance program to help prevent food insecurity. But advocates are hoping those numbers will change. 

Lauren Ibanez

 

Affording college in Oregon is difficult for most, but low-income students face challenges on numerous levels. Some students are so determined to graduate that they’re willing to be homeless just to pay for college expenses. 

Lauren Ibanez

 

The cost to attend college isn’t just tuition. Books, housing, food, learning accommodations and other expenses all add up. While paying for college anywhere in the country isn’t cheap, it's especially difficult in Oregon, where financial aid is significantly lower than some of its neighboring states. 

Lauren Ibanez

 

Graduating high school in Oregon isn’t always easy. Even though last year the state saw the largest graduating class on record, 20% of seniors still didn’t graduate. That is despite graduation requirements being loosened during the COVID-19 pandemic. If students are  worried about finances, food and housing — and experiencing homelessness — it is even harder to get a diploma.

Bradley W. Parks / OPB

 

In 2019, 41% of surveyed Oregon community college students experienced food insecurity. Statewide, roughly 1 in 4 Oregonians are experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

To help people put more food on the table, KLCC is hosting a virtual information session on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

The City of Springfield released a report Thursday detailing the findings of an investigation into the city police department’s use of force. The document includes a number of recommendations for the Springfield Police Department, but it ultimately concludes most of the officer’s actions were not considered excessive uses of force during the Jul. 29 protest in Thurston. 

Oakridge School District

 

The Oakridge School board meeting Monday will discuss the results of an investigation into the district’s superintendent. Many community members are wondering if the teacher’s association’s vote of no confidence will be addressed.

Oakridge School District

 

An inquiry into the Oakridge School District Superintendent has been completed after community members petitioned for her removal. The investigator reports the superintendent’s removal is not warranted.

Oakridge School District

 

The Oakridge School District announced Monday evening that the investigation into their superintendent has been completed and the results are available by request.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

As the Eugene 4J school district prepares for hybrid learning, the district is taking stock of their personal protective equipment. 4J plans to have different types of PPE in schools.

Eugene 4J School District

 

The Eugene 4J school district announced they will not resume in-person learning until staff for returning grade levels have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J school board unanimously voted Wednesday night to support the district’s efforts to begin hybrid learning. Some students could resume in-person school in mid-Mar.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

The City of Eugene’s Police Policy Ad Hoc Committee has until the end of Mar. to provide recommendations for policy changes. The group’s eighth meeting is Tuesday from 6-8pm.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

The City of Springfield’s investigation into the police department’s use of force is almost complete.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

School districts have been reevaluating their reopening plans since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new in-person guidelines last week. The Eugene 4J district will provide an update on reopening during their next Wednesday board meeting.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

Some education staff in Lane County are preparing to get vaccinated this week after the county received 1,700 doses for educators. The Eugene 4J district is receiving about one-fifth of the doses needed to vaccinate all staff.

Denise Silfee

 

Applications to transfer schools in the Eugene 4J and Springfield School Districts are open. But the process of school choice can lead to segregated and underfunded schools.

Springfield Public Schools

Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education recently announced new school reopening metrics, making it easier for students to return to in-person learning. The Springfield School District plans to have some students begin a hybrid learning model beginning next month.  

Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education hired their first ever Director of the Office of Indian Education in December. April Campbell discussed what she plans to do in the new role.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

Residents who live along the McKenzie River can resume modified daily services from Lane Transit District beginning Sunday, Jan. 24. 

University of Oregon

 

The University of Oregon has received over $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand programs across campus.

 

Oregon State University’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations will include a speech and Q&A with a civil rights activist. Angela Davis will be OSU’s virtual keynote speaker.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

The Eugene 4J school district unanimously approved a COVID-19 temporary leave program during their Wednesday school board meeting. This comes after the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on Dec. 31.

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