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ODEI Winter/Spring 2021 Initiatives

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35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Yamiche Alcindor

Keynote Speaker: Yamiche Alcindor

Grand Rapids Community College partners with GVSU and Davenport University for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. GVSU hosts this year’s virtual celebration.

Yamiche Alcindor is a White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour. See Ms. Alcindor’s full biography.

Register by Jan. 17

Diversity Lecture Series

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Michael Eric Dyson

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Pandemic, Post-Election Blues & Culture: Where do we go from here?

Dr. Dyson, a native of Detroit, Michigan, earned a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University. A globally-renowned scholar of race, religion, and contemporary culture, Dr. Dyson serves as the Centennial Chair and University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Dyson’s extensive scholarship has spanned a wide range of topics, including race, religion, politics, hip-hop, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community. He is a noted author of more than 20 books, including the newly released ‘Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America.’

See more information on our Diversity Lecture Series.

Register by Jan. 26

Gloria E. Anzaldúa Colloquium

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Rosa Alicia Clemente

Keynote Speaker: Rosa Clemente

"My gente es Fuerte, ¿pero unida? ... Well, it's complicated."

The 2020 Election brought to light long-held misperceptions about the Latino(x) voting bloc. Those hailed as 'political pundits' failed to contextualize Latino communities' voting patterns based on identity, culture, history, social capital, gender, ethnicity, AND race, to name a few.

Rosa Alicia Clemente self-identifies as a Black-Puerto Rican woman, born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  Clemente is an organizer, producer, independent journalist, and scholar-activist in the final stages of Ph.D. candidacy at the W.E.B. DuBois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Rosa is one of her generations’ leading scholars on Afro/Black-Latina/Latino/Latinx identity issues. Her groundbreaking article, Who is Black?, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Blackness in Latinx culture.

See more information on the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Colloquium.

Register by Feb. 15

Diversity Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

Rakim book cover Sweat the Technique

Location: Virtual Event

Keynote Speaker: Rakim

Famously known as the “God MC,” Hip Hop legend, Rakim, will discuss his critically acclaimed book, Sweat the Technique. Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, Sweat the Technique reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling, and always, the words. Moderator: Bakari Kitwana, memoir co-author and 2020 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow. Maestro on the 1s and 2s: PJ DA DJ

See more information on our Diversity Lecture Series.

Register by April 5

Cultural Competence Institute

Friday, April 23, 2021, 8 a.m. to Noon

Registration now open. The fee is $100.

Paul Gorski

Institute Faculty: Dr. Paul Gorski

See more information on our Cultural Competence Institute.

Institutional Transformation & Equity Leadership Development

Too often, professional development opportunities related to equity focus on people at the very beginning of the awareness process and fail to facilitate growth for people who see themselves as potential leaders for equity. This year’s CCI session will increase the aptitude of people already dedicated to equity literacy. The curriculum will provide tangible tools on how to lead and facilitate institutional changes and growth.

Register by April 22 at Noon