Political correspondent kicks off GRCC’s 2016-17 Diversity Lecture Series



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213


Sept. 14, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — This year's Diversity Lecture Series draws on insights from a political correspondent, a writer, an educator, and a criminal justice system reformer.

The Diversity Lecture Series, sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College's Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion is intended to provide insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan community.

"This series is really a community-building activity," said Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, the center's director. "It is a unique opportunity to come together and expand our horizons, gaining a new perspective on topics at the forefront of civic discourse and learning something new."

The 2016-17 speakers are:

  • Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine and a CBS News political analyst, will discuss "The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption?" on Sept. 28.
  • Ethan Watters, co-founder of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, will present "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche" on Oct. 26.
  • Consuela Ward, an educator, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics, will talk about "On Healing Black Girl Pain" on Feb. 22.
  • Dawn Porter, a criminal justice system reformer, attorney and filmmaker, will discuss "Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration" on March 15.

All the lectures are free and begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. Book signings by authors follow the lectures, and presentations are ASL interpreted. For more information, call (616) 234-3390.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.