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• Details on Lunch-and-Learn Presentation by Paul Hillegonds

Paul HillegondsFormer Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Paul Hillegonds will be addressing the firm at a Diversity Lunch-and-Learn on Monday, May 5.  Mr. Hillegonds, who is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at DTE Energy in Detroit, served on a nonpartisan study group tasked with answering this question: “What really matters in better positioning Michigan for success in a knowledge-driven and entrepreneurial economy?”  He will talk with us about the evidence that lead the study group to the conclusion that culture and diversity will be necessary key drivers of Michigan’s future economic success.  (For more background on Mr. Hillegond’s presentation, click here.)

The Lunch-and-Learn will begin at noon and should be complete shortly after 1:00 p.m.  In Grand Rapids, the luncheon will be at the University Club.  In the other offices, arrangements will be made for lunch to be brought into a conference room.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lori Tuttle.

• Paul Hillegonds to Address Firm on Michigan’s Future

Paul Hillegonds Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Paul Hillegonds will be addressing the firm at a Diversity Lunch-and-Learn on Monday, May 5.  Mr. Hillegonds, who is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at DTE Energy in Detroit, served on a nonpartisan study group tasked with answering this question: “What really matters in better positioning Michigan for success in a knowledge-driven and entrepreneurial economy?”

The study group, formed under the auspices of Michigan Future Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization funded primarily by Michigan foundations, concluded that “the places that do the best in attracting talent from anywhere on the planet win.”  And the places that do that best are characterized by “[t]olerant attitudes and great diversity.”  If Michigan is to develop a knowledge-driven, entrepreneurial economy, the report concludes, we need to “develop a culture that unambiguously celebrates diversity and nurtures tolerance.” 

According to the study group’s report, “A New Agenda for a New Michigan,”  the group had not anticipated that their recommendations would begin with an emphasis on the importance of culture.  “It is not where we expected to end up when we began this project,” the report states, “So all of us together will have to learn how communities can change culture.” 

We have invited Mr. Hillegonds to talk to us about the evidence that drove the group to the conclusion that culture and diversity are important drivers of success.  Please save the date by marking your calendar for Monday, May 5.  More details will follow.

• GRCC Lecturer to Address Environmental Racism

Dr. Robert D. BullardThe GRCC Diversity Lecture Series is presenting Dr. Robert D. Bullard, on Wednesday, March 26, to speak on “Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism.”  (This lecture was originally scheduled for February 6, but was postposed because of a winter storm.) 

Dr. Bullard is the  Ware Professor of sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.  He is one of the leading experts on environmental justice and race and the environment.   Warner Norcross & Judd is one of the lead sponsors of the Diversity Lecture Series.

Dr. Bullard’s work focuses attention on the racial discrimination in environmental policy making and the enforcement of environmental protection laws and regulations. He examines the access to economic opportunity and quality of life in American cities and metropolitan areas. Dr. Bullard has testified as an expert witness in civil rights cases over the past decade. He is one of the planners of the First and Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. He is the author of eleven books on environmental justice, urban land use, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, in Grand Rapids.  A reception for the speaker will be held prior to the lecture at 6:00 p.m.  We have a few tickets to the reception.  If you would like one, contact Rodney Martin.

• GRCC Diversity Lecturer to Address Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Our Society

Terri JentzThe 2007-2008 GRCC Diversity Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, March 12, with a talk by Terri Jentz, a screenwriter living in Los Angeles.   In 1977, Terri Jentz and her roommate pitched a tent in a desert in Oregon.  As they slept, a man in a pick-up truck deliberately ran over their tent. He attacked them with an axe; somehow, they survived.  Despite national news coverage, no one was ever arrested.  Terri ’s critically acclaimed memoir, Strange Piece of Paradise, is a record of her journey from violence to hope, and a look at a culture that glorifies ubiquitous violence, especially against women.  She believes that society is complicit in this violence because of passivity. Terri provides a window of understanding into the experience of how violence changes irrevocably the people it touches.

The lecture will take place at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, in Grand Rapids and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Warner Norcross & Judd is proud to be a major sponsor of the Diversity Lecture Series.  If you would like attend a reception for the speaker prior to the lecture (begins at 6:00 p.m.), please contact Rodney Martin for a ticket.

• Taste of Soul Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Library, February 24

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents Taste of Soul Sunday, an annual event that features food sampling from local restaurants, lectures by local authors and artists, music and children’s activities.
Taste of Soul Sunday will be held on February 24 from 1-4 pm at the Main Library.

  • Various types of dance will be explored, including Praise Dancing, Capeoria, Step Dancing, and Ballroom Dancing.
  • Dr. Daniel McClure and Dr. Veta Tucker will present African American history lectures.
  • Artists Rose Hammond and Georgia Farr will discuss their artwork.
  • Hip-hop producer Needlez, radio personality Robert S., and hip-hop aficionado Governor Slugwell will discuss the music industry today.
  • There will be music performance by Acapella Horizon and Joseph Conyers and Sterling Jenkins from the Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Area restaurants Jamaican Dave’s, Sandmann’s and Wing Heaven will provide food samplings.

Admission is free.  The Main Library is located at 111 Library Street NE.

• Albert Yu Chang to Speak at GVSU

Albert Yu Chang will be speaking at Grand Valley State University’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival as part of a panel discussion.  Albert is one of three panelists who will share their personal stories of coming to America as young immigrants and  starting a new life in a new country. The panel discussion will take place on February 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cook-Dewitt Auditorium on Grand Valley’s Allendale campus.

For more information on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, visit the events site of GVSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.