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2018-19 Diversity Lecture Series lineup includes Political Outlooks, Civil Rights, and Feminism Today

August 17, 2018

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXIV. 2018-19. Celebrating 24 Years of Diverse Voices. October 24, 2018. Ana Navarro. GOP Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo. “Political Outlook.” Ana Navarro is a Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She also is a political contributor on ABC’s “The View.” The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful.” She has served as ambassador to the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, devoting much of her energy to condemning human rights abuses in Cuba. Navarro has also worked in the private sector, representing private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. February 13, 2019. Bakari Sellers. CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer, and Activist. “Education, Civil Rights, and Equality: Cornerstones for our Future.” Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at the age of just 22, he defeated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest member of the South Carolina Legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he was South Carolina’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. In addition to serving on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation. He has been named to Time magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010, 2014, and 2015; and “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC, including in appearances on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Morning Joe.” He now serves on the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s National Council. March 20, 2019. Jessica Valenti. Renowned Feminist Author and Journalist. “Feminism Today.” Jessica Valenti has led the national conversation on modern feminism for more than a decade. A New York Times best-selling author of five books and a columnist at the Guardian US, she has also been widely credited with sparking the online wave of the women’s movement. Valenti’s “The Purity Myth” was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation, and “Yes Means Yes” inspired sexual assault legislation of the same name across the country and on campuses. Her most recent book, “Sex Object: A Memoir” was called “bold and unflinching” by Publishers Weekly. Valenti’s articles have topped the most-read lists at The Atlantic, the Guardian US, and The Washington Post. She has also written for The New York Times, Salon, The American Prospect, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, and The Toast. 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 will follow Navarro and Valenti lectures. 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 Inclusion at (616) 234-3390.

Inclusion Advisor Information Session Next Week

May 30, 2018

Join Human Resources and The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion for lunch to learn more about “Inclusion Advisors.”

The Inclusion Advisor role is a pilot program for interested GRCC full-time tenured faculty or staff to serve on screening committees. The purpose of the Inclusion Advisor role is to support our committees in exercising equitable and inclusive practices in screening, hiring and advancement for all individuals.

Over the last year, the Human Resources and Woodrick Center teams have worked in developing this new role, and we plan to cover the following information on June 5th:

  • Our proposal document….that explains the purpose, benefits, objectives, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Our “commitment estimate” for the Inclusion Advisor role on a screening committee.
  • An overview of the workshops/training for the role.
  • The application form and process.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 5th, at noon (Student Success Center….336 in the Student Center Building). We will be providing lunch, so please indicate any dietary restrictions.

To sign up, please visit the registration page.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-20-18

April 20, 2018

College In MI Offers Free Laptop Vending Machine

April 19, 2018; Vending Market Watch

At Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI, students can access laptops out of a vending machine just like they would a granola bar.

Funeral services set for well-know Grand Rapids pastor

April 19, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Funeral services have been announced for well-known Grand Rapids pastor Clifton Rhodes.

… In 2015, Rhodes was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

Holland Judge Named to State Corrections Panel

April 19, 2018; WHTC

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) — Brad Knoll has a new state responsibility.

The Chief Justice of the Holland District Court was named on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, filling a vacancy on the 13-member panel through March 31, 2021 created by the resignation of Beth Gibson. Currently in his fourth six-year term on the 58th District Court bench, Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

April 19, 2018

Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.

Salute to Women celebration on March 27

March 16, 2018

Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

20th Annual Salute to Women. Karen Walker. GRCC Employee Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Grand Rapids Community College. Shannon Gamel, GRCC Alumna, student, Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree Ferris State University. Peggy Gorno, Former GRCC Employee, cancer advocate and writer. Morgan Brown, GRCC Student. Photography Major. You are cordially invited to the Salute to Women reception. Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 1:30-3 p.m. GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. Banquet Rooms. Award presentations begin at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. GRCC The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3056.

Workshop looks at success, leadership

March 15, 2018

You use GPS when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar destination — but what’s your personal GPS on the route to success? And even if you think you have a plan, what’s your contingency if it takes a sudden turn off course?

Attorney Rasheed Ali Cromwell will present a workshop on Seeds of Success: Next Level Leadership — open to students, faculty and staff — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 in the ATC auditorium.

The session is a collaboration between Student Alliance, the Woodrick Center and the Campus Climate CAP. Contact Tambor Bustance at tbustance@grcc.edu or Sophia Brewer at sbrewer@grcc.edu with questions.

 

Student leaders give presentations at Crossroads Middle School

March 5, 2018

Early Feb. 16, seven student leaders represented the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion by giving motivational presentations to 250 eighth-graders during Diversity Day at Crossroads Middle School.

Thank you to:

  • Raydale Bonivel
  • Kyezie Bwanangela
  • Lina Breland
  • Monica Rivera
  • Cedric Ingram
  • Lesley Bos
  • Deandre Bridgeman

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GRCC In the News, 3-1-18

March 1, 2018

Hispanic chamber names nominees for awards gala

Feb. 28, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting an awards gala soon downtown.

Hispanic Businessperson of the Year

… Manuel Barajas, Coldwell Banker

Young Professional of the Year

… Adrian Sotelo, Farandula Magazine

… Brune Garcia, GRCC

… Javier Cervantes, LINC

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC

… Marisol Blanco, GRCC

Building Bridges

… Bill Pink, GRCC.

Nonprofit Champion

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC

(Nominees Manuel Barajas, Adrian Sotelo and Javier Cervantes are GRCC alumni.)

GRCC alum to give keynote speech at Latino Youth Conference

March 1, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Local middle school students will have the opportunity to hear from Grand Rapids Community College alumnus Sammy Publes about dream-following, diversity and inclusion at the Latino Youth Conference. The GRCC-sponsored event is set to occur Tuesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in GRCC’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

GRCC In the News, 2-28-18

February 28, 2018

GRCC alumnus to be Latino Youth Conferences keynote speaker

Feb. 27, 2018; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Feb. 23, 2018: Eighth-graders at this year’s Latino Youth Conference will hear from a Grand Rapids Community College alumnus who has built a successful career by combining his passion for the theater with his dedication to diversity and inclusion.

Volunteers needed for Latino Youth Conference on March 6

February 26, 2018

Good afternoon!

The 19th Annual Latino Youth Conference at Grand Rapids Community College on March 6th, 2018, is quickly approaching!

The goal of the Latino Youth Conference (LYC) is to develop and empower youth leadership in the community; strengthen the sense of community among Latino youth in West Michigan; bring youth leaders of the community together to create better crossroads of understanding and connections; and create meaningful connections between area youth and adults.

Theme: El Poder de Soñar – The Power of Dreams

Artwork has been selected, breakout sessions are scheduled, and we need your help in the following areas:

Greeting students and staff upon arrival

Assisting school counselors

Escorting student groups to assigned breakout sessions

Assisting during breakfast and lunch

Monitoring buildings (hallways, bathrooms, vendor tables)

To make this event run smoothly, we depend on our volunteers. We would love your support this year to help ensure that this year’s conference is a success. Please forward this request to others who may be interested in helping.

Latino Youth Conference: Tuesday, March 6th, 7:30 a.m.* – 2:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. *The program starts at 9 a.m., but volunteers are needed prior to the start of the conference.

Volunteer Orientation:  Monday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, Room 212. Lunch or dinner will be provided.

Please reply to Marisol Blanco at mblanco@grcc.edu, Lydia Cruz at lcruz@grcc.edu, or Adriana Almanza at almanzad@gvsu.edu by Wednesday, February 28, 2018, if you are able to volunteer your time.  Please include your name, organization, title, address, phone number, e-mail, T-shirt size, and which volunteer orientation you are available to attend. Please advise if you have any schedule restrictions to assist with volunteer task assignments.

Thank you for your support!

19th Annual Latino Youth Conference. The Power of Dreams El Poder deSomar. Anyelin Vasquez Lopez -- Union High School. 1st Place Winner. March 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. GRCC Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. For more information please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390. GRCC. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Grand Rapids Community College encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessability, please call DSS at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Volunteers needed for Latino Youth Conference

February 23, 2018

Good afternoon!

The 19th Annual Latino Youth Conference at Grand Rapids Community College on March 6th, 2018, is quickly approaching!

The goal of the Latino Youth Conference (LYC) is to develop and empower youth leadership in the community; strengthen the sense of community among Latino youth in West Michigan; bring youth leaders of the community together to create better crossroads of understanding and connections; and create meaningful connections between area youth and adults.

Theme: El Poder de Soñar – The Power of Dreams

Artwork has been selected, breakout sessions are scheduled, and we need your help in the following areas:

Greeting students and staff upon arrival

Assisting school counselors

Escorting student groups to assigned breakout sessions

Assisting during breakfast and lunch

Monitoring buildings (hallways, bathrooms, vendor tables)

To make this event run smoothly, we depend on our volunteers. We would love your support this year to help ensure that this year’s conference is a success. Please forward this request to others who may be interested in helping.

Latino Youth Conference: Tuesday, March 6th, 7:30 a.m.* – 2:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. *The program starts at 9 a.m., but volunteers are needed prior to the start of the conference.

Volunteer Orientation:  Monday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, Room 212. Lunch or dinner will be provided.

Please reply to Marisol Blanco at mblanco@grcc.edu, Lydia Cruz at lcruz@grcc.edu, or Adriana Almanza at almanzad@gvsu.edu by Wednesday, February 28, 2018, if you are able to volunteer your time.  Please include your name, organization, title, address, phone number, e-mail, T-shirt size, and which volunteer orientation you are available to attend. Please advise if you have any schedule restrictions to assist with volunteer task assignments.

Thank you for your support!

19th Annual Latino Youth Conference. The Power of Dreams El Poder deSomar. Anyelin Vasquez Lopez -- Union High School. 1st Place Winner. March 6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. GRCC Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. For more information please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390. GRCC. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Grand Rapids Community College encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessability, please call DSS at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

 

Feb. 21 Diversity Lecture Series presentation is canceled

February 20, 2018

The Diversity Lecture Series presentation by criminal justice system reformer and filmmaker Dawn Porter, scheduled for Feb. 21, has been canceled.

Photos from the Giants Awards

February 9, 2018

Thank you to Michael Couch II in Financial Aid for sharing his photos of the Giants Awards:

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GRCC In the News, 2-5-18

February 5, 2018

Construction workers are in a constant state of training

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction industry relies on continuing education.

… (President Norm) Brady said ABC works with Grand Rapids Community College, where more than 300 future electricians are enrolled in its apprenticeship program at the M-Tec Center. Upon completion of the coursework, students will receive a license from the U.S. Department of Labor.

GRCC retiree Ellen James honored as 2018 Giant Among Giants

Feb. 4, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Most students on the Grand Rapids Community College campus don’t even know the names of members of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Vibrance of Veverly Austin

Feb. 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

When Veverly Austin walks into a room, she commands it. Her dynamic personality and welcoming smile draws her audience in, and as she speaks of her accomplishments, her eyes reflect the passion and excitement that made it all possible. Though she radiates confidence, it took years of practice and self-reassurance to get to where she is today.

… In 2017, Austin received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the Year award from Grand Rapids Community College for her outstanding service to the West Michigan community. She also recently received a Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses award as well as a Giant award. This year, Austin will host the Giant Awards.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018; mibiz.com

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

… Expansion: Walker-based Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility. The automation provider expects to create 50 jobs in West Michigan when it builds the new plant at an undisclosed location in Kent County, according to a statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Axis received a performance-based $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, as well as $125,000 via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program from Grand Rapids Community College. The company specializes in designing, programming and building robotic automation and assembly equipment. The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, helped Axis facilitate incentives for the project.

Change Ups: Hastings introduces wireless temperature probe

Feb. 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Business Services

… The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS

Feb. 3, 2018; Broadway World Detroit

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 – 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids.

… Soloists:

… Jon Lovegrove | Tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has recently performed with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo (La Bohème), and with Opera Grand Rapids as Shem (Noah’s Flood) and Remendado (Carmen). He has been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007. In that time, he has appeared in multiple productions, including I Dream, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville. He is one of OGR’s Emerging Artists and has also performed the role of Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks! Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013. He has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions. Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

From state prison to state capitol

Feb. 3, 2018; Traverse City Record-Eagle

GRAND RAPIDS — Salvador Gutierrez knew he had hit rock bottom when he landed in prison on a couple of drug charges.

… Gutierrez moved to Grand Rapids, where he also is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and is working on a degree in industrial technology. He plans to get into an apprenticeship program and work toward getting his journeyman’s card.

MHSAA facing severe official shortage

2/3/18 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An umpiring clinic was held at Grand Rapids Community College Saturday to help sharpen fundamentals and mechanics of the state’s officials.

Nominations sought for Salute to Women Awards

January 25, 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month, it is time to submit nominations for GRCC’s Salute to Women Award.  Please consider nominating that woman you admire because for their role as a professional, volunteer, or agent of change! Check out the previous award recipients, as it’s time to celebrate those great women walking our campus.

Submit nominations to Jennifer Smith  (jesmith@grcc.edu) by February 9 for all categories: GRCC Alumna, GRCC Employee, GRCC Student, and GRCC Former Employee.