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MAYOR’S CHAMPIONS OF DIVERSITY SUMMIT TACKLES RELEVANT ISSUES

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Contact: Woodrick Diversity Learning Center of the Grand Rapids Community College

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April 26, 2011 CONTACT: Tamber Moore, Diversity Development Services Manager 
                     Woodrick Diversity Learning Center - GRCC 
                     616.234.4497/[email protected] 
   Shannon L. Harris, Program Coordinator 
                  Our Community’s Children – City of Grand Rapids 
     616.456.3558/[email protected] 
                 
  
MAYOR’S CHAMPIONS OF DIVERSITY SUMMIT TACKLES RELEVANT ISSUES
Grand Rapids, MI -- Honored as Champions of Diversity by Mayor George K. Heartwell at last 
year’s State of the City Address, five local teens will host a Diversity Summit on Wednesday, 
April 27, 2011 at GRCC’s Sneden Hall at 8 a.m.  The topics of discussion selected and 
facilitated by the Champions will be: Anti Stereotyping, Body Image, Cyber Bullying, Keys to 
Success and Relationship Safety.  Students from City High, Grand Rapids Christian High, 
Crossroads Alternative High and Rogers High have been selected to participate.  Mayor 
Heartwell and GRCC President Dr. Steven Ender will also be present.  
“What better way to learn about something then to learn it from someone who understands you, 
someone who is a peer. This Summit is important because it will bring awareness to certain 
issues, and participants will be able to share what they’ve learned with others,” said LaShone 
Williams, Diversity Champion and 12
th
 grade student at Roger’s High School.   
The Kent Intermediate School District received funding from the Grand Rapids Community 
Foundation to provide programs for students involved in diversity initiatives in their schools.  The 
funding is intended to empower students to implement their school diversity action plans created 
during the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center’s Word UP! Word OUT! diversity training.  Other 
goals are to support projects and school diversity committees.  Grand Rapids Community 
College’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, Our Community’s Children and the Mayor’s 
Champions of Diversity Team partnered to take on this challenge to unite four school districts 
with the goal of strengthening community through diversity.
Champions of Diversity:
Allison Arnold, City High 
Elliot Keyes, Grand Rapids Christian High 
Kim Anh Nguyen, City High 
LaShone Williams, Rogers High 
Walid Azam, Grand Rapids Community College 
For more information about the Summit, please contact the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center 
of the Grand Rapids Community College at 234-3390. The Champions of Diversity will be 
available for interviews at the Summit. 
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