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.

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Democratic Front runner Hillary Clinton made two stops in Grand Rapids today. Atomic Object is a software boutique on the Wealthy Street corridor and it was there that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a round table discussion with company employees. 

“I came here in part because I really want to hear from all of you and your ideas about what we need to do to create the good jobs, the good opportunities of the future.”

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Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center released the results of the VoiceGR 2015 Survey. Jodi Petersen is the interim director of community research at the Johnson Center, she led a team in surveying about 5,000 Grand Rapids residents, asking them to grade the city as a place to live.

“85% of people said they’d give the city an A or a B as a place to live. So, people overall still are really happy with where they live, but as you break that down you see, again, different experiences.”

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It’s about lunch time in down town Grand Rapids. Beneath the Rosa Parks monument, about 20 people, all white, quietly hold up signs that read Black Lives Matter. The person behind the demonstration is Reverend Colleen Squires from All Souls Church.

“I think the role for us is to educate within our own circles and to advocate and be willing to not be silent within our white circles as well as when we are in the greater population.”

Squires says that given the political climate in the country, this conversation is an important one for her white congregants to engage in.


 Fluarry Jackson is studying a Masters in Social Work and in Public Administration and ReChard Peel is a Student Affairs Leadership master’s student. On Monday they got news that their application to form the Black Graduate Student Association at Grand Valley State University was approved. Jackson says the group has been working on this for months.

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Contending with inclement weather and even some key cancellations, West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Women And The Environment Conference brought dozens of people to GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

“I became passionate about this because of my children being hurt, my family being hurt, and finding out that an entire community was being hurt. And we were being silenced in the process. I’m just a mom. I’m just a mom who got involved and taught herself a lot of things.”

Encounters between police and area residents who only speak Spanish could get a lot smoother with a new trial program.

Starting March 01, the Hispanic Center of West Michigan is launching a 24/7 interpretation service for police who encounter Spanish-only speakers on the job. Officers will dial a number and get professional interpreters to assist both parties.