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Women's History Month Donation Collection

When: March 1-31

Where: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Come drop off items to be donated to the YWCA and the Women's Resource Center

YWCA Donation List Women's Resource Center Donation List

Diversity Lecture Series: Graci Harkema - Finding Belonging in Intersectionality

When: March 23 from 4-5 p.m.

Where: Applied Technology Center room 168

Graci Harkema is an international diversity, equity, & inclusion speaker and author, specializing in inclusive leadership and unconscious bias for Fortune 500, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. The Grand Rapids Business Journal has named her a 40 Under 40 Business Leader of West Michigan, one of the 50 Most Influential Women of West Michigan, and one of the 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders of West Michigan. A graduate in communications from Grand Valley State University, Graci is the author of her forthcoming memoir, Rising: From a Mud Hut to the Boardroom--and Back Again. For more, visit

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Interfaith Speed-Faithing

When: March 28 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: LRC 123

Speed-Faithing is the RLC’s take on speed-dating – where students from across campus come to share a meal with one another and ask questions that allow them to get to know each other on a deeper level.


Salute to Women

When: March 29 from noon-1 p.m.

Where: Sneeden Hall Room 108

The Salute to Women Award celebrates the accomplishments of Women and gender equity advocates who impact the GRCC community and beyond. The award is open to all GRCC stakeholders regardless of gender or gender identity. Annually, persons who exemplify high achievement in advocacy, community service, leadership, and student engagement are nominated in three categories.

RSVP Nomination Form

Hope Network Hiring Event

When: April 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Hybrid

Are you interested in joining the Hope Network team? Come to this hiring event to interview with the hiring team and complete their candidate prescreening. 


Diversity Lecture Series: Ricardo Tavarez: Becoming an Out and Proud Afro-Latino Gay Man

When: April 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Where: Applied Technology Center room 168

Rev. R.R. Tavárez is an artist, writer and speaker local to Grand Rapids, MI. He is an Afro-Latino of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage, and proudly part of the Queer community. To his audience, he delivers a unique intersection of writing, visual art, and public speaking that reflect on race, gender, queerness, social justice, faith and doubt. Tavárez is the Executive Director of a faith-based non-profit called New City Neighbors, a youth development organization that empowers youth through leadership development and urban farming. He is also the Senior Pastor of En Vivo Church, a Queer-affirming church plant he founded in 2016.

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Interfaith Literacy: What is Peace?

When: April 18 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Where: LRC 123

Join the interfaith discussion on "What is Peace?" This event is for anyone, regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

Diversity Lecture Series

Speaker at the MLK celebration

Winter Line Up

The Diversity Lecture Series provides GRCC stakeholders and members of the Grand Rapids community with tangible access to society’s most prolific scholars, thought-leaders, activists, and innovative artist. The lecture series aims to connect members of th