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GRCC In the News, 10-19-17

October 19, 2017

Grandson of Cesar Chavez shares millennial message in GR

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The grandson of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez visited Grand Rapids Wednesday with a message for millennials: In today’s political climate, it’s more important than ever to remember his grandfather’s message of unity, hope and uniting people.

… Andrew Chavez spoke at Grand Rapids Community College as part of an event put on by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Jayhawks volleyball team beats back Kellogg, clinches second place in conference

Oct. 18, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team secured at least a second place finish in their  conference with a tough five-set victory over Kellogg Community College on Tuesday.

… MCC is now 18-14 overall and 12-2 in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Jayhawks trail undefeated Grand Rapids Community College by two games, with only two conference matches remaining.

GRCC In the News, 10-18-17

October 18, 2017

Morning News

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community college is inviting the public to attend a lecture tonight from Andres Chavez. He’s the grandson of civil rights and immigration reform activist Cesar Chavez.

Business Journal publishes ’40 Under 40′

Oct. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Business Journal’s October 16th issue features a special insert 40 Under 40 which can also be viewed online.

(Among this year’s ’40 Under 40′ are Chris Sain Jr., GRCC’s coordinator of Retention, and alumni Sara Sherry Knoester, Amanda Brand and Terry Rostic.)

Nearly 200 artists featured in juried exhibition

Oct. 16, 2017; The Elkhart Truth (Ind.)

The Midwest Museum of American Art has chosen nearly 200 artists to feature in the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional exhibition. … The judges who selected works for the exhibition were Nick Antonakis, head of the Grand Rapids Community College Art Department, and Bill Hosterman, associate professor, Grand Valley State University Art Department.

GRCC In the News, 10-17-17

October 17, 2017

Cesar Chavez gala celebrates college scholarships, community awards

Oct. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 13th annual Cesar E. Chavez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Community Awards Gala is Thursday, Oct. 19, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center.

… Prior to gala, Andres Chavez is scheduled to give a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 168 of Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on “Millennials Putting into Action the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez.”

Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club sends 10 to regionals

Oct. 17, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club will be well represented at this week’s Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships, as the program qualified 10 of its 30 skaters for the national event.

… Local skaters competing in the event are:

… Emily Scott (age 18) of Hamilton is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Carolyn Tinkham (age 18) of Grand Rapids is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Jennifer Prillwitz (age 16) of Grand Rapids is a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, Lara Seledotis (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Northern Hills Middle School.

Tops of the conference

Oct. 17, 2017; The Philippine Star

Before the start of Game 2 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, the Best Player and Best Import of the third conference were announced with the awardees representing the two teams playing in the best-of-7 title series.

… Then, (Allen) Durham enrolled at Grace Bible College, a small school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He averaged 15.5 points as a freshman in 2006-07 then left the school to attend Grand Rapids Community College because of financial limitations. Durham, however, returned to Grace Bible in 2008-09 and led the varsity to three straight National Christian College Athletic Association Division II championships. In the process, he broke the school’s 44-year-old scoring record by becoming the all-time leader with 2,467 points. He also finished his career as Grace Bible’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,314 boards.

César E. Chávez event Oct. 18

October 16, 2017

Hear Andrés Chávez speak on his grandfather’s civil rights movement legacy Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

2017-10-18 Andrés Chávez Event handout

César Chávez Event October 18 at the ATC

October 9, 2017

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

Participate in YWCA Words of Encouragement

October 4, 2017

Many have experienced domestic violence in their life. This October, reach out to survivors by writing a word of encouragement on a notecard and returning it to a box in the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. These cards will be distributed to survivors seeking services from the YWCA West Central Michigan.

To impact the greatest number of survivors, please feel free to include illustrations or notes written in any language.

Let’s work together to show domestic violence survivors that they are believed and supported by their community.

A collection box and pamphlets sit on a table in the Woodrick Center for the Words of Encouragement project.

Woodrick Center sponsors celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4, 2017

Everyone — employees, students, and the public — is invited to this event:

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Oct. 11, 2017. Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Ballrooms 118-124. Join us for an open house style event celebrating Latino culture through art, music, dance, and authentic food. 10 a.m. Doors Open. Latino Art Exhibition by Erick Picardo and Arturo Morales. Refreshments provided. Inspired by childhood memories, nature, deities and mythology, Erick Picardo shares his canvas with rare creatures and luxuriant blossoms. Though he embraced representational art early in his career, abstraction is now his basic element. He rhythmically composes paintings to create a powerful visual space for viewers. 12 p.m. Welcome Address. Lunch featuring a sampling of various Latino dishes. Meet the ARtist: Erick Picardo. Hispanic Student Organization Folkloric Dance. 1-3 p.m. Latino Crafts Workshop. First 100 GRCC students will receive a free t-shirt! Event is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390. GRCC. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 10-2-17

October 2, 2017

New GRCC president pledges to be relevant and responsive

Sept. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be relevant and responsive to its students and the community, President Bill Pink stressed Friday, Sept. 29, in his investiture address.

Spotlight on Sally Brown

Oct. 1, 2017; OR Today Magazine

Medical surgical nurse Sally Brown got her start in the field as a teen, working as an aide at the Beacon Light nursing home in Marne, Michigan. Although she later held office and factory jobs, a love of caring for those in need returned her to Beacon Light as an adult. When her supervisor there inspired her to pursue her associates degree, Brown attended Grand Rapids Community College en route to becoming an RN. She had married and welcomed her first daughter, Tricia, by then, and ended up having her second, Kelly, while still in school.

Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Sept. 28, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When asked how to spell her name correctly, Dominga Lucas-Pérez proudly pulls out her Grand Rapids Public School Volunteer badge from her knitted purse. She carries the badge with pride. She explains she has earned the badge after Liliana’s first day in Kindergarten. To her, this badge is a sign that she belongs to the Grandville Avenue community.

… Domingo Hernández-Gómez, the Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, explains that there is perceived negativity around speaking an indigenous language. Hernández-Gómez’s primary language is Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in five countries of Central America. Hernández-Gómez spoke Tzeltal until he was eleven years old when he was exposed to Spanish in school.

News briefs 10/2/17

Oct. 1, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

… Health forum series to focus on health care jobs

The monthly Health Forum of West Michigan series will host its first event of the year, “The Health Care Talent Pipeline,” with a panel discussion focusing on the supply and demand of health care jobs, as well as how higher education institutions are moving to accommodate industry employees and employers.

… The panelists include Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College, and Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, will serve as moderator.

Harbin joins women’s basketball staff

Sept. 30, 2017; purpleeagles.com (Niagara University Athletics website)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. — Niagara University women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce announced the hiring of Lester Harbin as an assistant coach. Harbin brings over 10 years of NCAA coaching experience on the men’s and women’s sides.

… Harbin played at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1997-99, where he led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage. He then played one season (1999-2000) at the University of North Alabama and played his final year (2003-04) at Lees-McRae College.

Jayhawks volleyball squad improves to 9-1 in league play, defeats Lansing Community College

Sept. 29, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad defeated Lansing Community College 3-0 on Thursday.

… MCC is now 11-13 on the season and 9-1 in league play, good for second place behind unbeaten Grand Rapids Community College.

Student scholarships available for Institute for Healing Racism

September 27, 2017

Three $100 scholarships are available for students who complete the 2-day Institute for Healing Racism session offered through the Woodrick Center.

Requirements: Students will write a short reflection based on their experience and must be studying or planning to enter one of the following fields:

  • GRCC Police Academy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Healthcare

Session Dates:

  • October 5-6, 2017
  • December 7-8, 2017
  • April 12-13, 2018

Schedule:

  • Day one: 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Day two: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided both days.

Students can complete the application online.

Contact Tamber Bustance, (616) 234-3390.

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.