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.

Rapid Silver Line bus
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Everything from how gentrification causes displacement, to how trees affect transportation is on the agenda for the city’s six-part community series. Tonight at six the city will put on a dinner that is free and open to the public, at the Kroc Center. The topic will be Commercial development and economic opportunities. But, to give you an idea of the issues, last week it was all about transportation and among the panelists was Josh Naramore, Mobile GR and Parking Manager for the city of Grand Rapids   .

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, Founder & CEO of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative speaking about their work to change the lives of our most vulnerable children through the power of education. We will discuss their program, Empowering Parents Impacting Children. 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.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we talk with Dr. Mladjo Ivanovic, visiting professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University, and GVSU students Abby Coberly and Elise Boyd about the student organization, Humanitas, which facilitates humanitarian projects in the U.S. and abroad. Joining the conversation is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Downtown Grand Rapids
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Gentrification and displacement are words that make residents anxious when their neighborhoods are being bought out by folks with more money. Last night, at the Kroc Center, the city of Grand Rapids invited experts to meet with S. Division neighbors and talk about t these terms and how area specific plans come into the process. Inner-City Christian Federation President Ryan Ver Wys.

“Area Specific Plans are a way that we as a community name what’s important or what we would like to see happen in our community in the years to come.”

Mariano Avila / WGVU

Engaging Community. It may sound simple, but it’s the question as development in Grand Rapids continues to boom. Recently, community members who didn’t agree with Amplify GR’s community engagement tactics shut down a meeting. Now, we’ll get to what some community organizations are doing to influence this conversation. But let’s start with the city.

“Tonight we wanted to hear from people who attended—the residents of the neighborhood, business owners, property owners—to get their input on how they want to be engaged in this process.”

Grand Valley State University

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations and individuals advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we talk about equity, civil discourse and civic engagement with Dr. Mladjo Ivanovic, a visiting professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University. Joining the conversation 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 talk with Juan Mascorro-Guerrero, a DACA recipient and senior at Grand Valley State University. Joining the conversation is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

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