2010-05-12 Holland Sentinel "Leaders call Summit on Racism ‘essential’ to community well-being"

Leaders call Summit on Racism ‘essential’ to community well-being
Holland Sentinel

Community leaders participate in 2008 Summit on Racism.

Hope College is hosting the Summit on Racism Thursday, May 20.

Three event highlights:

The lunch keynote speaker is Dr. Tony Campolo, minister and author of books like “The Church Enslaved.” Dr. Beverly Daniel Ta  tum is the morning keynote speaker. She wrote “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

The learning breakout discussions will focus on business inclusion, building one America through inclusive policy making, cultural sensitivity in education, and practicing faith and racial justice. Each breakout includes a panel of experts or presenters.
The afternoon engagement breakout sessions focus on giving participants avenues for getting involved in the community. Like the learning breakout sessions, these will be divided into business, community/government, education and faith sections.

Why you should attend:

“We’re all citizens of the Holland community and we cannot be a community of haves and have-nots. The Summit on Racism is an attempt to have an understanding and level the playing field.”
— Tony Castillo, local business owner of Milagro Six.

  “The Summit is really about how do we become a more welcoming and inclusive community culture so that talented people from other places feel comfortable here. This isn’t theoretical stuff or nice warm and fuzzy stuff. This is absolutely essential to the community’s long-term well-being — and short-term as well.”
— Jim Brooks, local philanthropist and managing partner of Brooks Capital Management.

“Success of all businesses, nonprofits and governments in the community is based on our ability to attract talented people. Talent doesn’t know one race or any one type of person.”
— Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County administrator

“Dismantling racial disparities requires all of our collective efforts if we are to be effective. Racism is not an intractable problem, but in order to overcome the effects of our historical and structural racism, we must all get involved. The Summit is the place to connect, learn, and get involved.”
— Gail Harrison, executive director of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.