Friday, February 26, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Kelsey Perdue personifies the phrase thinking global, acting local. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Perdue went on to graduate from Howard University in Washington D.C. and later receive a Spanish language studies certificate from the Autonomous University in Barcelona. After spending a year teaching in the Dominican Republic, she returned to Grand Rapids. For as long as she could remember, Perdue noticed glaring disparities in opportunities and outcomes, most often along racial and economic lines, in her hometown and throughout the world. Global patterns of injustice inspired her to focus on combating social ills and promoting equity through local policy change. She has since supported successful campaigns to increase the number of equity-minded officials, policies and practices in Michigan. In her current role as Kids Count in Michigan project director, Perdue helps lawmakers, nonprofits and other stakeholders make data-driven decisions to improve life for children and their families. She joins our current cohort of fellow candidates to share her experiences in personal and professional leadership.

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The Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is a leadership development program for 60+ undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year. The program is co-curricular and cross-disciplinary putting our student fellow candidates through a rigorous curriculum of training, assessment, and practice designed to instill leadership excellence. Candidates are admitted to the Cook Leadership Academy for one or more years. Each applicant must meet the criteria of high academic achievement, active involvement in the campus community, dedication to the public good, a passion to lead, and a commitment to personal growth.

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This event was added to the calendar by LakerLink Registered Student Organizations ( on Monday, January 18, 2021 and was last updated on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:01 p.m.