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 Christine Mwangi, program director with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) to talk about the their programming and upcoming events. Joining the conversation 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.

“Public Charge” dates back to the 19thcentury and denied entry to the U.S. to people who couldn’t work, didn’t have family here and or were experiencing poverty. 

According to Victoria Crouse, the State Policy Fellow at the Michigan League for Public Policy an immigrant is considered a public charge when they depend on government assistance – until now the government had not explicitly defined “public charge.” 

West Elementary: A day in a community school

Aug 28, 2018

It was 8:30 in the morning on the second day of school at West Elementary in Wyoming, Michigan and the students were already lining up outside the school building waiting for their teachers. That morning it was one of Erika Vandyke’s job to guarantee all 540 children made it to their classrooms. 

Vandyke is the Kent School Services Network Coordinator for West Elementary in Wyoming, Her job, although not simple, is to be a resource and a connection point. 

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Shaquille Anthony, Community Liaison with LINC UP, here to talk about workforce development, including the training and development programs they provide to address the needs of the community. This weekly radio segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant Writer, Steve Chappell.

Juan Zamora is a 17-year old, Grand Rapid’s West Sider who first learned to play football at 3 years old  when his dad, Juan Zamora Senior, bought him a soccer ball and showed him how to dribble.  

Today, Juan is one of the fourteen hand-picked male athletes of the U.S. Youth Futsal team. 

“The next day I received an email and it said “you have been selected to be on the team.” It was midnight and I ran downstairs and I told my parents. I woke them up and they were happy.” 

What is the risk of marijuana addiction?

Aug 22, 2018
Andre Guerra

The most recent version from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2016, found that about 4 million people meet the behavior diagnosis of a marijuana use disorder. 

Licensed professional counselor from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services,  Scott Nuismer, argues  the recovery process will be more difficult because the drug is considered quote on quote “safe” by the government. 

Christine Siracusa

Evangelina Abundis and her husband Oswaldo Cordova have owned El Globo Restaurant for the last 14 years. They started the business in 2004 when they both lost their factory jobs. 

“It was easier to start a business that to get a different job. But we didn’t realize that once inside you learn everything it takes to successfully run a  business, its not just about opening it up.” 

At the time, neither of them had any experience running a business—so they started small – out of a store front at the 28thSt. Mega Mall in Grand Rapids. 

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Shannon Cohen, Founder and Principal of Shannon Cohen, Inc. here to talk about her new book, Tough Skin, Soft Heart, and upcoming #Rockstar Woman event. This weekly radio segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Joining the discussion is WGVU inclusion reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo, and WGVU grant Writer, Steve Chappell.

Pages