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Interfaith Literacy: Why Does Interfaith Matter?

When: Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where: Learning Resource Center room 123

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Black History Month Trivia

When: Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where: Student Center room 234

Teams will answer questions about Black History Month and more general Black history questions

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Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Jazz McKinney -Complex and Vexed: Celebrating Afro-Indigeneity as a Queer Two-Spirit Person

When: February 9th from 4-5 p.m.

Where: Applied Technology Center 168

Jazz McKinney (they/them) is a Black, Indigenous Two-Spirit individual that although born and raised in Detroit, has made West Michigan their home. Jazz has been involved in the mental health field for over 10 years and with racial justice work as well as advocacy/activism in the 2-SLGBTQ+ community for over 18 years, committing themselves to highlighting the importance of education, awareness, and involvement to create change. They are passionate about working to decolonize gender roles and identities as well as discussing the impact that harmful gender binaries can cause within our communities. They currently serve as Co-owner and Lead Trainer of Paradigm Shifts Consulting and the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Pride Center.

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A Black Woman's Survival Toolkit

When: Feb. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual

The goal behind these conversations is for our panelists to share some of their professional experiences, highlights as a leader, and self-care regimens that help aid in their continued success.

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Silent Disco with CAB

When: Feb 16 from 4-6 p.m.

Where: Raider Grill

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The "Black Male" Narrative

When: Feb. 21 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual

The goal behind these conversations is for our panelists to share some of their professional experiences, highlights as a leader, and self-care regimens that help aid in their continued success.

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Real Talk Roundtable: The Black Student Experience at GRCC

When: Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Student Center room 205 and Zoom

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Diversity Lecture Series: Graci Harkema - Finding Belonging in Intersectionality

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

Where: Applied Technology Center rom 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 graciharkema.com.

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Diversity Lecture Series: Ricardo Taverez

When: April 12 from 4 p.m.-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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