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.

Disart / Disart

Jill Vyn, managing director DiArt has been employing a range of strategies to change perceptions around disability through art that centers disability or artists with disabilities

“We  do that, as an organization, through curated experiences and strategic partnerships in our community. Just really focused on trying to create a more welcoming and inclusive community as a whole.”

One of their staple programs is the “Disability Arts Now Symposium,” which will happen this Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8 at the Art Prize Hub on Sheldon.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

The Sikh community is often a mistaken target of Islamophobia, which is why Simran Jeet Singh, a high-profile member of the Sikh community in the United States, came to West Michigan to discuss what he calls a new racial group in post-911 America. 

“Part of my religious identity as a Sikh is a turban, uncut hair, so I have a beard. And so for my entire life, growing up, people have perceived me to be Muslim, based on their stereotypes of what a Muslim looks like.”

WMHCC

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we are pleased to have with us Guillermo Cisneros, Executive Director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Joining Guillermo is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Belinda Bardwell, Project Manager, Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers) and Graduate Assistant of the GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History talking about our Native American community. Joining Lin is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

Undocumented Michigan residents have been receiving scam calls from people posing as Immigration officials demanding money. 

[Ring, ring]

It sounds legit:

“You’ve reached the Superior Court of California County of Riverside...”

It’s unclear how, but the callers find numbers for undocumented immigrants and tell them that if they don’t pay $400 plus  for ESL classes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, or ICE, will deport them. Which is what happened to one undocumented Michigander who immediately called his lawyer, Pamela Davies.

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