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The Cornerstone Story: Anti-LGBT Policies at a local college




On Wednesday, November 16th from 2-4pm, a local group called TEAM (Tolerance, Equality, and Awareness Movement) will hold at event highlighting policies at Cornerstone University that discriminate against the LGBT community.

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Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI
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TEAM Event: The Cornerstone University Story: A Lecture on Anti-LGBT Policies and the Importance of Inclusion in Education

The Tolerance, Equality, and Awareness Movement (TEAM), a 501(c)(3) human rights organization, is launching its Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series.

Our first lecture, "The Cornerstone Story," is being hosted by TEAM at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation- 185 Oakes Street SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The event takes place on November 16, 2011 from 2-4pm and is free to the general public.

The Cornerstone Story is a lecture around Cornerstone University's "Lifestyle Agreement" and its discriminatory history of expelling or "converting" Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students. Notably, Cornerstone refused to allow Soulforce onto its campus in the past, even though most students were supportive.

The Cornerstone Story will focus on the policy Cornerstone University has and how their policy ranks among more inclusive faith-based and non-faith-based institutions of higher learning.

There will also be a personal connection in The Cornerstone Story. The lecture will be facilitated by TEAM's President Chris Surfus, who is a graduate of Cornerstone University. Surfus experienced a "don't ask, don't tell" type of environment. Currently, Surfus is a graduate student in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Healthcare Administration at Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus. In addition, Surfus is the 2011-12 recipient of The West Shore AWARE LGBT Scholarship and the Office of Integrative Learning's GVSU Peace and Justice Award Scholarship.

Join us on November 16th and have a chance to win a Stress Relief Treatment provided by Douglas J. Aveda Institute!!!

***Disclaimer: The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is a venue for TEAM's event. TEAM's event is not reflective of a partnership or collaboration with Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and the foundation simply is providing a meeting space for our organization's event.***

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