Mutually Inclusive

A WGVU initiative in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation using on-air programs and community events to explore issues of inclusion and equity.

Positive Black Women

Feb 14, 2018

In honor of Black History Month, GVSU presents an event under the leadership of Positive Black Women. PBW’s aim is to provide support for women of color at Grand Valley State University through building relationships, professional development, and a collaborative effort toward community enrichment. We talk to Dr. Sharalle Arnold on the details of today's event.

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.

Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who was convicted for molesting 190 girls and women earlier this month has been making headlines nationally. Katie Strang is the managing editor of The Athletic, a sports news publication in Michigan. Her coverage of the Nassar’s trial stood out in that it centered the stories of the women who spoke out and stood up to the doctor who abused so many. WGVU’s Mariano Avila talked to Katie Strang about her coverage.  A warning, accounts of abuse described here may be disturbing. 

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“When you read that there were 190 women sexually abused, that’s a number. It is something entirely different to see a young girl with bangs and braces, and someone that fiddles with their necklace and has tears rolling down her cheeks, and is shaking reading her letter.”

Katie Strang is the managing editor at the sports news site “The Athletic.com” She tells me that when Larry Nassar’s trial began, she dropped everything to tell the story from the survivor’s point of view, starting with Rachael DenHollander, the first woman to come forward.

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.

Zach Linewski / WGVU

As part of GVSU’s MLK Day celebration, twitter maven and racial inclusion advocate April Reign came to west Michigan. 

April Reign is best known for her hashtags #OscarSoWhite and #NoConfederate—which trended globally and yielded real Hollywood results. We sit down for an interview and she offers some tips, some insights, and even issues a calling. First, I ask why she chooses Twitter over other platforms.

“You are the lowest form of human life that I have been able to observe and see. You are a monster, and quite frankly, you are evil. What you did was sickening and disgusting. You should never be allowed out of prison.”

Judge Mark Trusock of the 17th District Court issued these harsh words to 25-year-old Elis Nelson Ortiz-Nieves of Gaines Township as he handed him a life sentence for the murder of 4-year-old Giovanni Mejias. 

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