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.

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Sonya Hughes, Vice President of Inclusion with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. 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.

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 representatives of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, including Eva Martinez, Outreach & Community Liaison Manager, and Tim Dam, Grants Manager, here to speak to their mission to create and provide targeted neighborhood collaborative partners with technical, developmental and educational support in order to increase the accessibility of early educational resources for vulnerable children.

Spectrum Health

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from William Jackson, Community Health Worker with Spectrum Health Healthier Communities. 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.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

 Let’s start with some terms: In Michigan, the crime is “Ethnic Intimidation.” But yelling racial slurs at someone isn’t enough to be charged with a crime. Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chris Becker, explains what the “ethnic” part of the term means.

“The defendant has to specifically harass somebody because of their race, gender, color, national origin, or religion.”

Beyond the targeted group or individual, the type of aggression also matters.

Rosalynn Bliss
Hilary Farrell / WGVU

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss posted a statement Sunday night expressing concern for post-election hostilities towards vulnerable groups and calling to think of children.

“Even though there’s a ton of divisiveness right now in our country, we don’t need to allow that here in our own community. And we need to be an example to say, ‘that’s not OK.’

Voices for Health

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Carlos Pava, Vice President & COO of Voices for Health talking about their mission of improving access to healthcare, education and social services through comprehensive language and culture solutions. 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.

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