Students tour Grand Rapids

Community Leadership Seminar Series

Learn about Grand Rapids from the people living in and leading the City. 

2019 Speakers:

  • George Heartwell, Former Mayor of Grand Rapids, 2004-2015
  • Kurt Reppart, 1st Ward City Commissioner and Jim Davis, Executive Director, Westside Collaborative
  • Ryan Ver Wys, CEO, Inner City Christian Federation and Stephen Wooden, Housing and Community Development Associate, Dwelling Place 
  • John O'Connor, Owner of Long Road Distillers and 1st Ward City Commissioner, and Jermale Eddie, Owner of Malamiah Juice Bar & Eatery
  • Mayor of Grand Rapids, Rosalynn Bliss 


Cohort watching movie

Field Trips

Explore issues and tour notable Grand Rapids sites

  • Tour of Grand Rapids led by nonprofit partners WestSide Collaborative and Senior Neighbors
  • Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives
  • Affordable Housing Deep Dive, insight provided by Dwelling Place, Guiding Light, and Degage