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.


 Fluarry Jackson is studying a Masters in Social Work and in Public Administration and ReChard Peel is a Student Affairs Leadership master’s student. On Monday they got news that their application to form the Black Graduate Student Association at Grand Valley State University was approved. Jackson says the group has been working on this for months.

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Contending with inclement weather and even some key cancellations, West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Women And The Environment Conference brought dozens of people to GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

“I became passionate about this because of my children being hurt, my family being hurt, and finding out that an entire community was being hurt. And we were being silenced in the process. I’m just a mom. I’m just a mom who got involved and taught herself a lot of things.”

Encounters between police and area residents who only speak Spanish could get a lot smoother with a new trial program.

Starting March 01, the Hispanic Center of West Michigan is launching a 24/7 interpretation service for police who encounter Spanish-only speakers on the job. Officers will dial a number and get professional interpreters to assist both parties.

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Alright, see if you can answer this: A Square measures 6 cm on each side. If three interior segments divide the square into two congruent trapezoids and an isosceles triangle, all of equal area, what is the length of the shortest segment connecting the two trapezoids?

Don’t worry, I didn’t get it either. But that was the question of the week for middle-schoolers preparing for this year’s Mathcounts competitions going on across the country.

“It’s basically a math bee similar to a spelling bee.”

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US Attorney Patrick Miles focused his presentation on the efforts to help ex-convicts re-enter society and to unnecessary federal sentences for nonviolent offenders whose case could be handled by the state. For example:

“We are going to charge the drug trafficking organizations, the people who are part of an organization selling drugs. A small quantity in the possession of an individual, that’s really not a federal case.”

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Following the death of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia, West Michigan immigration reform advocates gathered to call on the Supreme Court to affirm deferred action. 

“You wake up every day and then you realize, this could be the last I’m going to see my family.”

That’s Kevin Curiel-Vazquez, speaking at the Hispanic Center of West Michigan about his fears growing up undocumented. When President Barak Obama signed deferred action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his whole life changed.