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Local First aims to help businesses create community change with upcoming equity workshop

by Local First (Local First)

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Change doesn’t come from individuals alone. At Local First, we believe that business can instigate positive change within a community. Not only does local business help create and stabilize communities, it has a major role in creating a...

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Promoting Inclusion and Equity

by Local First (Local First)

Submitted 05-25-2017 under

Local First will host the next Measure What Matters Workshop at Linc Up, who encourages community driven design processes and emphasizes building relationships within the community. Implementing Policies Promoting Inclusion & Equity will...

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Aquinas College and the need for more LGBTQIA inclusivity: Part two

by Mariah Cowsert (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 04-07-2017 under NEWS

Aquinas Alumnus Brittany Devon and Tyler Clark shared their reactions to the film and the need for a more inclusive campus for all.   Brittany Devon shares that, “As an alumnus, I feel there is a gap between Aquinas' inclusion with...

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Aquinas College and the need for more LGBTQIA inclusivity

by Mariah Cowsert (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 04-04-2017 under NEWS

Last month at Aquinas College, there was a viewing of the film "Desire of the Everlasting Hills:" an anti-LGBTQIA movie which highlights celibacy as the only appropriate lifestyle for LGBTQIA identifying individuals. I interviewed Emma...

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'Championing female leaders of color in West Michigan'

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

Shannon Cohen and Patricia Sosa VerDuin began having conversations about the representation of women of color in leadership in the news while they got to know each other as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows. Cohen is the...

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Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses move conversation to action at #TheShift Summit

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-08-2016 under NEWS

Are you ready to make #TheShift? Jamiel Robinson wants to know. Robinson, founder of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB), is organizing #TheShift Summit, taking place Friday, November 18 at the Seidman College of Business on GVSU’s...

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GR Forward Together video is not the happy ending

by Paola Mendivil (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 07-19-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

“Very cool;” “Awesome video;” “A true Grand Rapids;” are some of the comments by viewers regarding the “GR Forward Together” video by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. released online on July 11, 2016. I had...

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Play exploring racial issues based on actual experiences of local community members showing at Wealthy Theatre

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-01-2016 under NEWS

A play grappling with racial issues in the West Michigan area, “LINES:The Lived Experience of Race 2016” is showing this weekend, April 1-3, 2016 at the Wealthy Theatre. Actors will be performing the actual experiences and words of local...

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Monthly forum aims to educate, strengthen ties in Grand Rapids' music community

by Briana Urena-Ravelo (Briana)

Submitted 03-29-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

On Monday, March 28, 2016 on the Northwest side, a small, eager group of members of the local music community crowded into a recording space in Grand River Studios. They were gathered to hear the latest in a series of conversations about Grand...

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