GRCC in the News: 3/27/10-3/29/10

Educators: Key to program is peer support system
Matthew Miller • • March 28, 2010  | Lansing State Journal

On a Tuesday morning in February, Denise Potvin’s class at Grand Rapids Community College was talking about Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and the five stages of loss. For these 12 students, the loss in question was their jobs.  “Where does the shame come in?” Potvin asked.  “Having to say you were let go,” said Theresa Holloway. She had lost her job at Miller Products when the painting and coating company closed suddenly 16 months before.  (More)

GRCC’s Spring Sustainability Series Begins
The Rapidian | Mar 26th, 2010 by Ken Tamke (Ken Tamke) under LOCAL LIFE

The first days of spring have ushered in Grand Rapids Community College’s Sustainability Series entitled: “Visioning the Change.” Wednesday, March 24 was the first installment in the month long event that features lectures, film, panel discussions and community participation designed to raise awareness for the sweeping changes that are necessary to live and interact on a planet of finite resources. The programs, all free and open to the public, culminate with a Friday, April 23RD, “Celebration of Earth & Sky” at Meijer Theatre in the Grand Rapids Public Museum where spoken-word, live music and visual arts will combine to promote sustainability and create community. For a complete listing of events, locations, and times go to: and click on events.  (More)

Diversity advocate Victor Lee Lewis tells Kentwood crowd: ‘We’re all in the same boat, but we’re not on the same deck’
By Julia Bauer | The Grand Rapids Press  | March 26, 2010, 5:58PM

KENTWOOD — Despite the oneness of humanity, there are room for many different perspectives, a human relations specialist told a local crowd.  “We’re all in the same boat,” Victor Lee Lewis, a longtime diversity advocate, told more than 300 gathered for a forum to fight racism. “But we’re not on the same deck. And the ride looks different, depending on where you’re seated.” […] Ken Taber, who teaches sociology at Grand Rapids Community College, uses “Color of Fear” in the classroom, and introduced Lewis at the event.  “In sociology, we have this phony, false myth that ethnicity exists solely because of skin color,” Taber said. “It’s not just that.”  (More)

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