Mutually Inclusive

Inclusion and Equity:

Apr 13, 2018

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Annette Vandenberg, Executive Director of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization to discuss the lack of affordable housing in Grand Rapids. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Alice Jasper, Associate Program Director with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, here to discuss their upcoming event, Calling All Colors. This weekly segment is part of a grant from  the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning WGVU’s Mariano Avila and Steve Chappell join us to discuss a new grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Stacy Stout, Assistant to the Grand Rapids City Manager. Joining the discussion are Mariano Avila, WGVU's Inclusion Reporter, and WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear Jeremy Moore and Darel Ross, co-founders of Equity Pac. Joining the discussion are Mariano Avila, WGVU's Inclusion Reporter, and WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell.

Linc Up / lincup.org/

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Denavvia Mojet, Strategic Communications Coordinator with LINC UP here to talk about their programming and events. Joining the discussion from WGVU are grant writer, Steve Chappell, and inclusion reporter, Mariano Avila.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Alice Jasper, Associate Program Director with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, here to talk about their programming and events, including a joint activity with WGVU on January 25th, a “World Café,” focusing on race relations during the Vietnam War era, 1955-1975. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Medical marijuana shop in Denver.
O'dea via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY 3.0 / wikimedia.org

Marijuana in Michigan is poised to be a big story for 2018. But what its legalization means to different communities is a complex question. 

Let’s start with the legal story. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed back in 2008. But who could sell, grow, or transport, it was not clearly outlined. Bob Hendricks is a legal expert with Wrigley, Hoffman and Hendricks, a firm with an established medical marijuana business practice. Hendricks says after the act passed, dispensaries started popping up everywhere.

As 2017 wraps up, WGVU’s Mariano Avila asked four questions of four West Michigan leaders working with our most vulnerable communities. As part of WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, here is his interview with Tami VandenBerg.

[Mariano Avila] Tami Vandenberg owns The Pyramid Scheme and the Meanwhile, two popular Grand Rapids bars. Somehow, she also finds time to direct Well House, a housing-first nonprofit addressing homelessness. At a downtown coffee shop I ask what changed for her in 2017.

Mariano Avila

As 2017 wraps up, we asked four questions of four West Michigan leaders working with our most vulnerable communities.

[Mariano Avila] Hugo Claudin works at the Red Project helping folks living with HIV. He is also the curator of Mexicains Sans Frontieres—a gallery on South Division that brings jazz and Avant guard shows to Grand Rapids. He’s trim, middle-aged, wears black on most days and is a transplant from Mexico City. First I ask what changed in 2017.

Pages