Overview
Advocacy Services coordinates a community response to acts of discrimination, advocates for institutional change, and/or refers to another agency for further action. The Diversity Alliance also undertakes public policy initiatives to foster inclusive community or hosts Community Forums to provide community members with an opportunity to learn, share and discuss current events and issues of community concern. For information regarding legal assistance or how to connect with area community/affinity groups, please visit our referral page. learn more...

Major Recent Advocacy Events

Fall 2012: lawn chairs were hung from a residential home in Grand Haven, spurring the need for a Community Conversation learn more...


Spring 2012: racially inflammatory statement was written in red marker on a wall at an apartment community in Grand Haven. learn more...

Winter 2011: racially inflammatory fliers were distributed in Port Sheldon as a means to oppose proposed migrant housing. learn more...

Summer 2011: about 250 community members filled the Knickerbocker Theater for an evening to learn and share at Many Faces: A Community Forum on Islam. learn more...

Spring 2011: the Diversity Alliance, in collaboration with Latin Americans United for Progress, the ACLU of Michigan and interested residents of Ottawa County, participated in the Ottawa County Reapportionment process to determine County Commission districts for the next decade. learn more...

Summer 2010: a white community member was confronted with racist remarks after speaking to an African American male at a gas station. learn more...

Summer 2008:
the word "nigger" and a caricature face was spray-painted on the driveway of a Park Township family.
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Spring 2005: a group called "White Voices of America" began passing out fliers in Spring Lake, Ferrsburg, and Grand Haven calling for a whites only family picnic and political discussion. learn more...