Mutually Inclusive

A WGVU initiative in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation using on-air programs and community events to explore issues of inclusion and equity.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome from First Steps, Annemarie Valdez, President & CEO, and Heather Boswell, Senior Director of Operations & Projects. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

 

To understand the United States immigration system requires a grasp on the labels individuals coming into the country receive from the government, explains Kelsey Herbert, the Immigration Mobilizer for the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice. 

“When someone comes as an immigrant – they are living permanently and then if you are coming temporarily you would come under a non-immigrant visa, and a non-immigrant visa does not lead to a green card or legal permanent residency which would lead to citizenship.”

 

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Historically Black Americans and Latinx individuals have been significantly underrepresented among the Occupational Therapist profession. 

For Jones, the profession gives him the opportunity to help other using a diversity of skills.  

Residents demand an end to Kent County's contract with ICE

Jun 29, 2018
Organizers from Movimiento Cosecha Gr give public comment at the Kent County Commission meeting
Michelle Jokisch Polo / WGVU

Early morning on June 28th about 100 people gathered at the Kent County Commission Meeting Downtown Grand Rapids give speak up against the contract between ICE and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. 

Sergio Cira Reyes is a resident of Kent County and a formerly undocumented immigrant, who organized the protest in hopes of holding the government bodies accountable. 

Commissioner Jim Saalfeld of District 11 and Board Chair, shut down the meeting turning off the microphone and livestream.

GR Symphony audiences
Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony has been awarded a $1 million grant enhancing its diversity, equity and inclusion programs. 

Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director, Marcelo Lehninger is steadfast in his belief that the symphony belongs to everyone.

According to a new study, eliminating racial disparities in Michigan would generate billions of dollars over the next 30 years. Written in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, “The Business Case for Racial Equity in Michigan" found that eliminating racial disparities in health, education, incarceration, and employment would generate $92 billion in economic output by 2050.

Ani Turner is a co-author of the study. 

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we speak with Javier Cervantes, Community Liaison with LINC UP about their upcoming Rock the Block event on June 9.  Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we speak with WGVU's Inclusion Reporter, Mariano Avila, about reliable journalism, the role of storytelling in public media and providing people in our community with platforms to tell their own stories. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from  the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Edye Evans Hyde, Executive Director of Ebony Road Players, here to talk about a May 17th event, 3 Voices for Social Justice - Lorraine Hansberry, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from  the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

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