César Chávez Event October 18 at the ATC

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion is hosting “Millennials Putting into Action the Legacy of César Chávez” on Wednesday, October 18, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in room #168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC).

This event is free and open to both GRCC staff/students and the public.

2017-10-18 Andrés Chávez Event handout

GRCC in the News, 12/9/15

Latino Youth Conference recibirá hasta el 15 de diciembre solicitudes para becas

12/9/15 La Prensa Online

Grand Rapids Community College extiende el periodo de recepción de solicitudes para becas hasta el 15 de diciembre, la fecha límite era el 15 de noviembre [de 2015]. Las becas por un monto de $1000 dólares por persona, serán entregadas en la 17ª Conferencia Anual de la Juventud Latina (Latino Youth Conference) titulada “El Poder de los Sueños” o “El Poder de Soñar”, que se realizará el próximo 8 de marzo del 2016.

Diversity Lecture Series 2012-2013 Speakers Announced

GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, produced by the college’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, is now in its 18th year and just announced the slate of outstanding speakers it will be bringing to Grand Rapids.

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JEFF CHANG – Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Author, Historian, Music Critic
Who We Be: The Colorization of America

Jeff Chang is a radical historian with both street cred and academic chops, Chang addresses multiculturalism,
race relations, student activism, political engagement, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment.
His book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is only ostensibly about hip-hop; it’s really
a cultural history. In his follow-up, Who We Be, he traces the rise of multiculturalism—its roots, its triumphs,
its commercialization—to tell a new, vibrant, and necessary people’s history. Jeff Chang is the Executive
Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

KAMBRI CREWS – Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Author, Comedic Storyteller, Producer
Burn the Ground Down

Kambri Crews once lived with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now runs her own PR and
production company in New York City and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Burn Down the Ground,
her story of overcoming poverty, violence and near-crippling adversity. Crews uses comedic storytelling with brutal
honesty and fearless humor and inspires with her motto and guiding philosophy, “Life’s Tough, Laugh More.”
She is a co-producer of the ECNY Awards and has produced dozens of shows featuring comedians and writers
from The Onion, The Daily Show to Saturday Night Live.

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF – Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Author, Media Theorist, Lecturer
Digital Nation

Douglas Rushkoff, Ph.D. is a graphic novelist and globally recognized media and technology theorist specializing in
new media and internet culture. He originated several ideas ranging from “viral media” to “social currency” with
insight on how interactive communications affect our society as we create, share, and influence each other’s values.
Rushkoff is a CNN commentator, author of 12 books, including the Gen-X Reader, Screenagers, Life Inc.: How
Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back. He is best known for his association with the
early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.

LZ GRANDERSON – Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Journalist, Commentator, Sports Writer
Dare You to Move

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He is a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. LZ’s commentary, reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

SUSAN CAIN – Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Author, Lecturer
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant—and a self-described introvert. Her book has
sparked a genuine national conversation about introverts. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically,
introverts have made some of the great contributions to society—from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the
personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology,
Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates
a waste of talent, energy, and happiness.

A flyer with all of the details is available here.

SafeZone Learning Opportunity for Employees

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion

(regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning. The next sessions will be held on: Thursday, September 22, OR Tuesday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (breakfast & lunch provided) please register at dlcregistration@grcc.edu.

Diversity Lecture Series 2011-12 Kicks Off With Journalist Nicholas Kristof

Kristof, Nicholas color photoGRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, put on by the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center will begin its 2011-12 run with Nicholas D. Kristof, Author, Columnist, Journalist on Monday, September 26, 2011.  Kristof will speak on “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women.”

Nicholas Kristof, is the author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women, which outlines an agenda for the world’s women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; and maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for The New York Times since 2001, is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa. Many reviewers suggest that Half the Sky stands to become a classic, igniting a grass-roots revolution.

More information in this flyer or at www.grcc.edu/lecture