News In Brief

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) named Kristian Little Stricklen as the new chief communications and engagement officer, effective March 1.

Stricklen, previously interim public information officer, has more than 20 years of communications experience. She joined IPS in 2017 as public information director and was promoted to interim public information officer in 2018.

Stricklen will continue to oversee marketing and communications for the district as well as media relations and corporate communications. She also will supervise the new Family and Community Engagement department, which will focus on school and community engagement.  

Stricklen is the founder of Jacob’s Ladder, an autism initiative in honor of her son, and is a member of Public Relations Society of America and Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XLII.

Community Day

Bring your favorite breakfast cereal for National Cereal Day Community Breakfast 10-11:30 a.m. March 9 for all dads, mentors and father figures and their children ages 5-17 at JTV Hill Center, 1806 N. Columbia Ave. The morning will feature motivational speakers and prize giveaways.

RSVP by March 4 to Brian Carter,

IMPD listening sessions

The Indianapolis Police Department (IMPD) will have community listening sessions to gather feedback on a draft policy for body worn cameras.

Southeast District

6 p.m. March 4

Southeast Community Services

901 Shelby St.

Downtown District

5:30 p.m. March 5

Irsay Family YMCA at City Way

430 S. Alabama St.

Northwest District

6 p.m. March 7

International Marketplace Coalition

3685 Commercial Drive

Southwest District

6 p.m. March 11

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

1301 Goodlet Ave.

North District

7 p.m. March 12

Zion Hope Baptist Church

5950 E. 46th St.

East District

6 p.m. March 14

Eastern Start Baptist Church, J229 – 2nd Floor of Jewel Conference Center, use north entrance

5750 E. 30th St.

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