1999-05-05 Grand Haven Tribune "Area students to learn about diversity Friday"


Area students to learn about diversity Friday
BY GENA OLEJARCZYK
Grand Haven Tribune

Middle school students from Muskegon and Ottawa counties will be urge to break down racial barriers and learn about other ethnic background as well as their own during the Calling All Colors conference on May 7 at Grand Valley State University.

Speakers, discussions, cooperative games, art and dance will make up this day, designed to promote racial harmony and healing.

Previous conferences included activities such as learning Spanish and Native American dances, painting African face masks and taking lessons in karate.

During this annual conference, students will also discuss stereotyping and its effects as well as feelings on race relations while they work among a diverse group of people.

This event will include 185 students fron 12 differenct schoosl from the Grand Haven, West Ottawa, Holland, Muskegon and Muskegon Heights school districts.

The conferences will begin with registration at 8:30am and continue until 4pm. The opening ceremonies will include a reading of the book The Sneeches by Dr. Sueus which is a story about diversity and the acceptance of differences.

Calling All Colors is a project of the North Ottawa Ethnic Diversity Alliance, a grassroots organization of individuals working to promote racial harmony in the North Ottawa area.
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