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Community Partnerships

GIANT Awards & Banquet

During their tenure at GRCC, Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Mr. Cedric Ward curated the Giant Awards and Banquet.

The Giant Award recognizes members of the African American community for their exceptional contributions to shaping the history, culture, and quality of life of the Grand Rapids community. Each award is named after local ‘giants,’ serving as a memorial to their notable service-leadership.

The event is facilitated by the GIANT Awards Committee, a group of community members. GRCC remains steadfast in our support by hosting the event on our campus. 

Preparation for the 40th Celebration is underway. Please direct questions, award nominations, donations, sponsorships, and volunteer support to the GIANT Awards Committee.



African American Male Achievement Conference

March 8, 2023

Facilitated by the Grand Rapids Urban League AAMAC aims to engage students in workshops and activities that affirm their identity and prepare them for the college experience and career opportunities. GRCC remains steadfast in our support by hosting the conference on our campus. 

Please direct questions, donations, sponsorships, and support to the Urban League.

Contact: (616) 245-2207

Latinx Youth Conference

March 7, 2023

At its inception, the Latinx Youth Conference (LYC) was a grassroots project created by members of the Grand Rapids community. The goal was to encourage and motivate West Michigan high school students to think about education and career goals beyond high school. Since that time, LYC has evolved and changed its targeted focus to middle school-aged students. After several years the conference has returned to its roots as a community-centered initiative led by community leaders.

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan has stepped out front to enhance the impact of the Latinx Youth Conference in West Michigan. GRCC remains steadfast in our support by hosting the conference on our campus.

Please direct questions, donations, sponsorships, and support to the Hispanic Center.

Contact: (616) 742-0200

3:11 Youth Housing Guest Facilitator
ACT Photomedia Vendor
African-American Male Achievement Conference ODEI Advocate
Alchemy GFX Design Vendor
Ana Jose, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Guest Facilitator
Big Heads and Beats Vendor
Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan Sponsor
Brigham Consulting, LLC Vendor
Carlito Rodriguez, Writer Guest Facilitator
Casey Philip Wong, UCLA Guest Facilitator
Cerva Screen Printing  Vendor
Counseula Barber-Lopez Guest Facilitator
Daddy's Dough Cookies Vendor
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Vendor
Delaware Manor Community Partner
DeVos Family Foundation Sponsor
Dr. Felipe Lopez Sustaita, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan Guest Facilitator
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Vendor
Dr. Regina N. Bradley, Red Clay Scholar Vendor
Dr. Wil del Pilar, The Education Trust Guest Facilitator
Dr. Yusef Salaam, The Exonerated 5 Vendor
Dreams by Bella Photography Vendor
Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative ODEI Advocate
El Globo Restaurant Vendor
Fifth Third Bank Sponsor
Forty Acres Vendor
Fountain Street Church Vendor
Grand Rapids Pride Center ODEI Advocate
Grand Rapids Public Schools Community Partner
Grand Rapids Trans Foundation ODEI Advocate
Grand Rapids Urban League Community Partner
GRCC Black Africana Student Union Community Engagement
Greisa Martinez-Rosas Vendor
Hispanic Center of West Michigan ODEI Advocate
HQ [Unhoused Advocate] Guest Facilitator
Jasiri X Guest Facilitator
Jenna Arnold Vendor
Jon W. Convington Community Partner
Kent County Democrats  Sponsor
Lake Michigan Credit Union Sponsor
Latino Youth Conference ODEI Advocate
Malamiah Juice Bar Vendor
Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University Guest Facilitator
Marvin Law Offce, PC Sponsor
Mayan Chocolate and Ice Cream Vendor
Meghan Moore, Avanti Law Firm Guest Facilitator
Meijer Sponsor
Mercantile Bank of Michigan Sponsor
Mercy Health Sponsor
Michael Skolnik, co-founder of The Soze Agency, SMG Speakers Vendor
Michele Keren, Artist/Designer Vendor
MK Creative Vendor
NAACP Sponsor/ODEI Advocate
Norman Bent, University of Detroit Mercy Guest Facilitator
Pardon my Fro Vendor
Parsley Mediterranean Grill Vendor
Paul Gorski Vendor
Phentix Vendor
Pj Da DJ Sound Vendor
PM Engraving Vendor
Professor Jermaine Reese, Director of the GRCC Police and Corrections Academy Guest Facilitator
Rafael Pastrano, Grand Rapids Community College Guest Facilitator
Rakim Vendor
Rap Sessions, LLC Vendor
Rebeca Ontiveros Chavez, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Guest Facilitator
Rev. Tamara Baldwin Sponsor
Rose Clemente Vendor
Ruben Gonzalez, Olympic Motivation Inc.  Vendor
Samantha Magdaleno, One Michigan Guest Facilitator
Sankofa Edition Vendor
Senator Winnie Brinks Sponsor
Sergio Cira-Reyes, Urban Core Collective Guest Facilitator
Shannon Cohen, Inc Vendor
Soldadera Coffee Vendor
Spectrum Health Sponsor
Stacey Heisler, Grand Rapids Community College Guest Facilitator
Start Garden Sponsor
Steelcase Sponsor
Stephen R. Drew and Adam C. Sturdivant of Drew & Anding Sponsor
Swift Printing Company Vendor
The Candied Yam, LLC Vendor
The Kenny Matthews Band Vendor
Triple J's Just Jesus Jersey's Vendor
Tuyet M. Le, SMG Speakers Vendor
V's Anytime Chauffeur Vendor
Wacky Buttons Inc Vendor
West Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ODEI Advocate
West Side Massage Vendor
Women's LifeStyle Magazine ODEI Advocate
Women's Resource Center ODEI Advocate