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Conferences Overview

106 students from 9 Kent County high schools gathered at Aquinas College on October 22nd . This year was the 18th year of the Calling All Colors program but the very first year for the Kent County.

During the morning session, the students heard a keynote by MarcQus Wright, Director of Grand Valley State University's Educational Support Program. Students also participated in small group dialogues that challenged them to think about how access to opportunities of previous generations can still create different access to opportunities today. In the afternoon, the students continued in the theme of mixing it up, going on a cultural scavenger hunt and racing to answer the questions of Diversity Jeopardy.

Special Thanks

Many thanks to the Conference Host: Aquinas College

Emcee: Need Name
Aquinas Speakers:  Latoya Booker, Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Juan Olivarez, President
Keynote: MarcQus Wright, Director, Educational Support Program, Grand Valley State University
Volunteers: Mary Hartfield, Anne Marie Hertl, Zsanara Hoskins, Bonnie Nawara, Sam Prince, Erica Kubik, Rebekah Kennedy, Tony Warren, Terry Tchozynski, Sharon Darby, Bryana Hopkins, Sonja Forte, Ramon Garza Jr., Steffanie Rosalez, Keyuana Rosemond, Doug Werner, Tom Taylor, Kelly Aylsworth, Jasmine Wells, Gabriela Quintero

Participating High Schools: Comstock Park, University Prep Academy, Innovation Central, Kent Career Tech, Lee, Northview, Ottawa Hills, Union and Thornapple Kellogg
Conference Photos

high school conference photos...

Student Feedback

"It's good to see new people and there are always really great activities. We're different people, culturally, but we all want to see a change from the way things are now."  

"There are so many underlying causes for why people do certain things. We should get to know them before we decide to jump to conclusions."