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.

Black and White photo of a poster which reads "DEFUND THE POLICE"
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In an effort for community engagement and city transparancy, Defund the GRPD is hosting an online panel on Thursday, February 25. The virtual event, which starts at 7pm, will be streamed on the organization's Facebook page. It will run around 90 minutes long and will include discussions around community accountability with activists and area leaders.

In a press conference on Monday, volunteers with Defund the GRPD said the goal was to bring community to the forefront and allow people to bring their experiences and insights to the table.

West Mich. artists make Black History Month t-shirts for Meijer
WMCAT

Two West Michigan artists have teamed up to create Black History Month t-shirts for Meijer stores.

Jasmine Bruce and high school student Elijah Brown are both artists with the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) and were paired together to create the apparel. Trudy Ngo-Brown, Director of Arts and Tech for WMCAT, said Meijer initally reached out for the project, and the artists were chosen based on their past experience with WMCAT projects. 

  Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning we welcome Aly Bates, founder and president of Justice for Black Lives. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Michigan creates taskforce to combat racial disparities in child protection services
Ground Report

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has created a task force aimed at addressing, eliminating and preventing systemic racism inside the state's child protection system.

The Child Welfare Improvement Task Force is a partnership between MDHHS and MPHI, a Michigan-based non-profit public health institute.  MDHHS said in a press release it plans to transform the system and make family well-being and preventing abuse, neglect and trauma the top priority of the department’s Children’s Services Agency.

Burmese communities of West Michigan gather to protest military coup in Myanmar
Kylie Ambu

Tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to take to the streets across Myanmar to protest the military coup of the government there last week — despite the military declaring martial law in cities across the country and banning public gatherings larger than five people at once. But as the aftermath continues to unfold, people in the U.S. with deep ties to the Southeast Asian country can only watch and wait.

  Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning from the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Foundation we welcome Communications Director Samantha Suarez here to talk about today’s Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration part of the World of Winter Festival. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Holland Public Schools hires a director of equity and inclusion
Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Taran McZee will join Holland Public Schools (HPS) in March as the new Director of Equity and Inclusion.  The position is part of an ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) intiative the school district has focused on.

"Knowing the district is ready for this type of work, that put my mind at ease. Knowing that I’m going in and am going to be able to affect change, but affect change where people want the change to happen," McZee said.

Acrisure partners with Ciara and Russell Wilson to bring more resources to minority businesses.
Acrisure

Global, Grand Rapids-based insurance broker, Acrisure, is partnering with celebrities Ciara and Russell Wilson on a joint venture focused on bringing more insurance and financial resources to minority businesses and diverse communities.

Mutually Inclusive: Degage Ministries

Feb 5, 2021

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning from Dégagé Ministries we welcome Program Director Julie Kendrick. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Health Careers Pipeline Program aims to bring more diversity to the health care field.
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Western Michigan University (WMU) and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) have teamed up to offer the Health Career Pipeline Program, aimed at diversifying the health care field.

The program, which kicks off in mid February, runs for seven weeks and pairs under-represented and minority  high school students with undergraduate mentors from health and human serices programs. According to WMU, each cohort will include 25 students and 25 mentors. 

Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning from WMCAT we welcome Jamon Alexander, Director of Workforce Development. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Drew Angerer

This week President Joe Biden signed an executive action, aimed at combating xenophobia towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The move was part of a four-order action focused on advancing racial equity.

Nina Subin

Internationally known scholar of race, religion and contemporary culture, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, will lead off Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) 2021 Diversity Lecture Series on Wednesday.

The virtual event starts at 6pm, and will be hosted by GRCC’s Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Registration can be found, here.

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning we welcome BeAnka Masefiade, Foster Care Recruitment Specialist with Bethany Christian Services. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Associated Press

The American public is saying it more and more: Representation is important. For many, a prime example lies in the 2021 Presidential Inauguration as U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris took the stage. For 14-year-old Taniya Patel in West Michigan, the moment was “relieving.”

“Things that happened this year is just crazy during Black Lives Matter and stuff, and it’s just nice to have a person that’s colored be in the White House and having some type of charge in it and having some type of opinion," Patel said.

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