University of Kansas School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion


SATURDAY ACADEMY 2019-2020


8-24-19
From Jessica Rodas:

Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the death of Douglas Walker Sr.
Thursday night, as Douglas returned back to Kansas City from Lawrence, a drunk driver hit the back of the gold van and threw it into the medium. This caused the van to go airborne and was fatal. The driver has been arrested.
It is very difficult for us to face the death of a wonderful and honorable family member. Douglas Walker Sr. is/was our friend, mentor, a father, and all around remarkable man. A man who was there with us as we grew up; a man who captured the essence of who we are as a family. His hearty laughs would fill you with pure joy and he is one of three giants whose shoulders we stand on today.
There are absolutely no words whatsoever to describe the pain and numbness we feel. Know that we are all feeling this together. He leaves behind Jessica, Douglas Jr., and James. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Kansas City Kansas Public School counselors will be notified on Monday morning and will be there to help support students. If there is anything we can do at all, please don't hesitate to reach out. We will keep you updated on further information, services, etc.
We love you Douglas and we will see you again one day.

Please see note below from Jessica Walker Saunders on Douglas's services:

Home-going Celebration Services for Douglas E. Walker Sr: Services for Doug will be held On Saturday September 7th, 2019 at Swope Parkway Church of Christ 5620 Swope Parkway Kansas City, MO 64130 Wake (body viewing) will be from 9am-10am. Funeral Service will start at 10am. We are asking any cards be sent to: 2827 N Tremont St. Kansas City, Kansas 66101 We are asking that in Lieu of flowers, any monetary donations be made out to James Walker and Douglas Walker Jr. scholarship fund.



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SATURDAY ACADEMY 2018-2019

I am so thankful to share the great news with you all regarding the Kauffman Foundation's acceptance of our 2-year grant for Saturday Academy. We will receive $100,000 each year supporting our efforts and our students' success. The Kauffman Foundation has been supportive throughout our initiative's life. From the Gardens, to KU Residential and now Saturday Academy they have truly made the difference. This designated funding ensures that Saturday Academy will continue to serve over 200 middle school and high school students through the 2019/20 school year.

I was so proud to share our initiative with the Kauffman educational staff along with the Executive Director of the new Royal's Sports Academy, Darwin Pennye and Director, Jesse Barnes, Grace United Ministries.

A special thank you to my role model, Gloria Jackson Leathers, founder of the Freedom Schools and Kauffman's Director of Civic Engagement and our Program Representative, and Senior Program Assistant for Civic Engagement, Jim Fisher.

We will continue to bring our best to our students and staff. With Ursula Carrillo and Douglas Walker, Michael Toombs, Jessica RodasDar HosseiniHector Bernal and RDI for your support and creativity preparing for my presentation.


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