Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance June Newsletter: Continuing the Racial Equity Momentum, Summit Pictures, Program Updates and more…

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Diversity Alliance e-Newsletter | June 2014
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The Diversity Alliance seeks to dismantle barriers to ensure people of all ethnic backgrounds have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community. 
Summit on Race and Inclusion

Over 750 people joined
the Diversity Alliance Wednesday, May 21 at Hope College for the largest Summit on Race and Inclusion the Diversity Alliance has ever hosted.
93% of attendees responded that overall the Summit was excellent/good.

97% of attendees felt that participation in the Summit increased their ability to be a partner in the racial equity movement.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Summit possible. 

Great speakers, moderators, panelists! I look forward to next year.”
“Love it! I needed it and it will make a difference in my life from this day on. Thank you”
Content and stories were fabulous.”


“Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!”


It will be hard to top but I can’t wait for next year.”
Continue the Racial Equity Momentum!

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Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion Seminars  provide tailored professional development opportunities in health, education, business and faith. Individuals from various companies and organizations join us at the Diversity Alliance Offices from 8:00 am-12:00 pm for a 4-hour professional development seminar. 


Education Oct. 30, 2014| Faith Nov. 20, 2014| Business Dec. 4, 2014| Health Dec. 11, 2014| 




Diversity Initiative of Northwest Ottawa County

Action Teams Forming! Organizational Meeting June 10
The Diversity Alliance’s Diversity Initiative of Northwest Ottawa County is developing partnerships between institutions and individuals to advance inclusion and achieve racial equity in Northwest Ottawa County. This is an enormous challenge requiring intentional effort and many hands.


Become involved by serving on a Sector-Specific Action Team (business, community, education, faith, health, law and public policy). In fast moving organized meetings your Action Team will use the minds, talents and energy of participants to make things happen in the community.  

The Action Team Organizational Meeting will be June 10, 2014 at Lakeshore Middle School (located at 900 Cutler St. in Grand Haven) from 6:00-8:00 pm


Talking to Kids About Race
Talking to Kids About Race I: Internalized – Developing Healthy Identities  

The workshop explores how positive and negative messages around race effect children’s identities. Participants are provided with an activity booklet to engage in conversations about race in order to promote the development of positive racial identities.

Talking to Kids About Race II: Interpersonal – Creating Cultural Inclusion 
The workshop explores how children begin to create in-groups and out-groups and how these groups impact interactions. Participants are given tools and strategies to promote inclusion and create a mutual sense of belonging.


Mentors & Reading Program Volunteers Needed 

The Migrant Mentoring Program has an urgent need for 10 more mentors for the 2014 year of mentoring. Learn more about becoming a Mentor…
The Migrant Summer Reading program will begin Wednesday, July 9.

We are seeking volunteers to assist every Mondayand Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer email

Remembering Mentee Jose Moreno Jr. 

It is with a heavy heart we share the tragic news that Jose Angel Moreno, age 17 of Holland, a participant in the Migrant Mentoring program, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, after an accidental drowning at Holland State Park. Our thoughts are with his mother San Juanita Cervantes, his brother Luis and sisters Cynthia and Nicole Marie. Many participants in the Migrant Mentoring program were close friends with Jose and have been directly impacted by this tragedy. Please keep his family as well as his friends in your thoughts and prayers.



Upcoming Community Events

6th Annual Multicultural Festival, presented by Holland’s International Relations Commission
2014 American Civil Liberties Union West Michigan Luncheon, “Protecting the Right to Live, Love & Dream”
Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH) General Meeting: Presentation of Able Bodies group. 
 “Willing, Able, and Very Capable”

Recent Trainings & Workshops   

Talking to Kids About Race II Workshop – Newaygo, MI  

 TrueNorth Community Services Workshop –  Fremont, MI  
Community Foundation for Muskegon County Workshop – Muskegon, MI 

Ottawa County Workshop –  Holland, MI  
5/15/14 & 5/16/14   

Talking to Kids About Race I Workshop – Muskegon, MI  
Calling All Colors    

Over 250 students from Lakeshore middle and high schools and 100 students from Kent County high schools participated in the 2014 Calling All Colors program. Students gathered for the Spring Conferences April 28th (Lakeshore middle schools) April 29th (Lakeshore high schools) and April 30th (Kent County high schools).  These conferences mark the 18th annual conference for students along the Lakeshore and the first ever high school Kent County Conference. Thank you to Grand Valley State University, Calvin College, all the school liaisons and volunteers who helped make the 2014 Spring conferences such a big success. 

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