Diversity Brownbag Series
Diversity Brownbag Series is designed to provide faculty, staff and students the opportunity to hear and share diverse perspectives on a variety of topics relevant to our campus. The program also serves to enhance communication and cultural knowledge from different cultural perspectives and develop positive relationships with others from a variety of cultural backgrounds. A total of five series was offered throughout the 2011-12 academic year.
Diversity Brownbag Series 2012
Making Latino Votes Count
Lupe Ramos-Montigny, Chair of West Michigan Cesar Chavez Celebration Committee
One of the cornerstones of American democracy is the right to vote. Yet many citizens do not exercise this right. Ramos-Montigny will engage students in an interactive discussion about the importance of the Latino vote. She will explain why voter registration is a critical first step in mobilizing young people to be involved in the electoral process. In essence, civic life is the common thread of participating and building one's community.
American Indians Today
Levi Rickert serves as the editor-in-chief of the Native News Network which he co-founded in February 2011. Mr. Rickett is a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and is the former executive director of the North American Indian Center of Grand Rapids. His community involvement includes the Grand Rapids Historical Commission; vice chair of the City of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission, among several others. During 2011 he has traveled to some 25 American Indian reservations in Indian Country and covered American Indian events in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; Raleigh, NC; and Portland, OR. Mr. Rickert is the author of many essays including "Indian Pride" which appears in "Voices on the Water: Great Lakes native American Now" and "Even though I was not "Raised Indian." for Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Grand Rapids.
|Events are Free and open to the public. For information on Parking of for individuals requiring special accomodations, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (616)331-2177 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org|
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