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Diversity Lecture Series lineup includes neuroscientist, comedian

August 17, 2017

All the lectures are free and open to the public:

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXIII. 2017-18. Celebrating 23 Years of Diverse Voices. October 25, 2017. John Cacioppo. Author, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service professor at the University of Chicago. “Loneliness and Brain Health.” John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and the Director of the Center for Cognitive and social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Prior to his tenure at University of Chicago, he served as a professor at Notre Dame, University of Iowa, and Ohio State University. Author of more than 400 articles and books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, Professor Cacioppo was recently awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society and the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago Society for Neuroscience. As an active member of the scientific community, Professor Cacioppo has worked as editor for many peer-reviewed journals, including Psychophysiology, Psychological Review, and Social Neuroscience. November 15, 2017. Julissa Arce. Author, Immigration and Education Advocate; Co-Founder/Chairman Ascent Education Fund. “The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street and Immigration Advocacy.” Julissa Arce is both a writer and advocate for immigrant rights and education. She is also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and the Director of Public Affairs at Define American. Prior to becoming an advocate, she worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where her professional success gave rise to a personal paradox: she achieved the “American Dream” and yet was not part of what defined America. In both her memoir, My (Underground) American Dream, Arce recounts her experience in the corporate world as both a Hispanic woman and an undocumented American, giving a new perspective on the complex intersection of success, immigration and the American Dream. February 21, 2018. Dawn Porter. Criminal Justice System Reformer, Attorney, and Gideon’s Army Filmmaker. “Defending American in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Dawn Porter is the director and producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Gideon’s Army. Her most recent work, Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, chronicles President Obama’s work, helping young men of color achieve success. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Porter was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Porter initially pursued a career in law, serving as a practicing attorney at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years, before finding her calling as a filmmaker. March 14, 2017. Negin Farsad. Author, Social Justice Comedian, Director of The Muslims are Coming! “Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy.” Negin Farsad is a writer, director, and stand-up comedian whose work blends social justice with comedy. Author of the book How to Make White People Laugh, she is one of the few Iranian-American Muslim female comedians working today, using humor to defuse tensions on issues of race, religion and immigration. In her award-winning feature film, The Muslims Are Coming!, Farsad took a group of Muslim-American comedians across America to perform, connect with local people, and counteract Islamophobia through humor. Her work includes hosting the Fake the Nation podcast, writing and directing films such as 3rd Street Blackout and Nerdcore Rising, and winning the first ever YouTube Visionary Award for her work combatting Muslim stereotypes. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/lecture or call (616) 234-3390. All lectures begin a 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Free and open to all. ASL interpreted. Book signing follows Cacioppo, Arce, and Farsad lectures. GRCC The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Find us on Facebook. Grcc.edu/lecture. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in Partnership with GRCC’s Social Sciences Department. Culture of inclusion Vision Statement GRCC promotes full access and participation in all aspects of our community through policy, practice, and pedagogy that respects the inherent dignity of each individual. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Indlusion at (616) 234-3390.

August 1 luncheon to continue ‘Belonging’ conversation

July 18, 2017

Join us for lunch and conversation about last month’s workshop on “Belonging:  The Heart and the Head of the Matter” with Dr. Jamie Washington. We will reflect on the workshop and ask for your feedback as we move forward in emphasizing community in Grand Rapids Community College:

Belonging Feedback Forum Luncheon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from noon-1:30 p.m., ATC 122-124

Please register online.

Photos and video from Jamie Washington’s presentation

June 28, 2017

On June 22, Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, discussed “Belonging: The Heart and the Head of the Matter.”

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‘Belonging: The Heart and Head of the Matter’ is June 22

June 21, 2017
Jamie Washington

Jamie Washington

Much research has been done on the impact of a sense of belonging. Most leaders in business, education, and government would agree that creating a culture in which people feel wanted and included is one of their biggest challenges.

We are pleased to announce that GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus on June 22 to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.

Here’s the schedule for his visit:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. — breakfast in ATC rooms 120-122.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — lunch in ATC room 124.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. — discussion in the Spectrum Theater.

More information and a registration link are available here.

The sessions are designed to invite participants to consider their individual and collective roles for creating a culture of belonging. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

New location for Jamie Washington’s presentation on June 22

June 20, 2017

The Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus on June 22 to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.

Here’s the schedule for his visit — note the new location for his talk:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. — breakfast in ATC rooms 120-122.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — lunch in ATC room 124.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. — discussion in the Spectrum Theater.

More information and a registration link is available here. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

Professional development session looks at culture of belonging

June 13, 2017
Jamie Washington

Jamie Washington

Update: Dr. Washington’s talk has been moved to the Spectrum Theater.

Much research has been done on the impact of a sense of belonging. Most leaders in business, education, and government would agree that creating a culture in which people feel wanted and included is one of their biggest challenges.

We are pleased to announce that GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.  Dr. Washington will speak on Thursday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m. in Spectrum Theater.  More information and a registration link are available here.

The sessions are designed to invite participants to consider their individual and collective roles for creating a culture of belonging. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

Jamie Washington to discuss creating a culture of belonging on June 22

June 7, 2017

Update: Dr. Washington’s talk has been moved to the Spectrum Theater.

Much research has been done on the impact of a sense of belonging. Most leaders in business, education, and government would agree that creating a culture in which people feel wanted and included is one of their biggest challenges.

We are pleased to announce that GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.  Dr. Washington will speak on Thursday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m. in the Spectrum Theater.  More information and a registration link is available here.

The sessions are designed to invite participants to consider their individual and collective roles for creating a culture of belonging. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

Diversity Lecture Series presentation on March 15 is canceled

March 14, 2017

The Diversity Lecture Series presentation by filmmaker Dawn Porter – originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 – has been canceled until further notice. We hope to reschedule.

Raider Salute to Sophia Brewer, Chris Sain, Raydale Bonivel

March 13, 2017

A Raider Salute from Tamber Bustance, of the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion:

A special thanks to Sophia Brewer (Library and Learning Commons), Chris Sain (Counseling, Advising and Retention) and Raydale Bonivel (Alpha Beta Omega) for presenting at the Diversity Youth Partnership Youth Summit on Friday, March 10, 2017.  More than 250 8th grade students at Northview’s Crossroads Middle School attended the Summit, which was coordinated by GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.  Sophia, Chris and Raydale inspired the students and represented GRCC very well! 

Salute to Women recognizes Laura Moody, Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, Christina Arnold, Erendida Erazo-Alas

March 13, 2017

Everyone is welcome to the March 28 event!

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Filmmaker Dawn Porter to speak as part of Diversity Lecture Series

March 8, 2017

Dawn PorterCriminal justice system reformer Dawn Porter will be the final speaker in the 2016-17 Diversity Lecture Series.

Porter, director and producer of “Spies of Mississippi” and “Gideon’s Army,” will discuss “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration” at 7 p.m. March 15 at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE.

Collegiate covers Consuela Ward’s lecture

March 3, 2017

Collegiate staff member Jennifer Lugo was on hand Feb. 24 when Dr. Consuela Ward spoke at Fountain Street Church for the Diversity Lecture Series. In her article, Lugo shares Ward’s message and audience reaction.

GRCC In the News, 3-2-17

March 2, 2017

GRCC diversity series to discuss issues with ‘mass incarceration’

March 1, 2017; MLive

The Grand Rapids Community College diversity lecture series is continuing with  Dawn Porter, a criminal justice system reformer, attorney and filmmaker, on Wednesday, March 15.

Hankins earns GLIAC Player of the Year honor, Hoth homers for LCC

March 1, 2017; Petoskey News

… Aron Lee, a 2016 Petoskey graduate, recorded six points and six rebounds for the Kalamazoo Valley men’s basketball team in a 97-84 loss to Grand Rapids Community College last Friday.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan bringing his ‘Noble Ape Tour’ to DTE

Feb. 27,2017; MLive

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Get ready to laugh with one of the top comedians in the around. Jim Gaffigan is returning to Metro Detroit in 2017.

(The photo accompanying this article shows Gaffigan performing at Ford Fieldhouse.)

GRCC In the News, 2-24-17

February 24, 2017

5 takeaways from GRCC’s mid-year budget talk

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed $56.3 billion state budget for next fiscal year has no recommended increase for community colleges.

Like other Michigan Community Colleges grappling with declining enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has to make difficult decisions about its spending habits and the level of tuition increase with deadlines for next year’s budget looming.

Big voice of Lalah Hathaway, big sound of Grand Rapids Symphony, sell out ‘Symphony with Soul’ in DeVos Hall

Feb. 23, 2017; therapidian.org

The Grand Rapids Symphony set out 15 years ago to do something it had never done before – fill the better part of DeVos Performance Hall with people who likely had never been to a symphony orchestra concert before.

… Former Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins and Christina Guajardo Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, and Cherry Health, all were awarded the MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award.

Free transportation to neighborhood summit filling up fast

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Officials with Grand Rapids Public Schools, co-sponsor of the third annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit, say free transportation to and from the event Saturday, March 4, is filling up fast.

… The summit is being held at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information about the summit, visit the website.

GRCC In the News, 2-17-17

February 17, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the Community College National Legislative Summit

Feb. 16, 2017; U.S. Department of Education

Below are the prepared remarks delivered today, Feb. 16, by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the 2017 Community College National Legislative Summit, hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

… I’m also very pleased to note that over the years, I’ve hired many talented individuals who were graduates of GRCC — Grand Rapids Community College.

College names Giants

Feb. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As part of an annual tradition dating back more than three decades, a local college has honored a group of African-American leaders for their contributions to the community.
Grand Rapids Community College recognized 13 honorees at its 35th-annual Giants Awards & Banquet this month at DeVos Place.

Great guards: Ball, Pierce helping Spring Lake boys succeed in a tough new league

Feb. 16, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

SPRING LAKE — There’s nothing that Spring Lake varsity basketball coach Bill Core likes more than having a great senior point guard in the lineup.

… “I’ve decided I like basketball the best,” said (Isaiah) Pierce, who is considering Grand Rapids Community College. “Coaches have told me that if that’s what I’m considering, now is the time to go for it. So I’ve been lifting and trying to get stronger and working on my shot a lot.”