100 students from nine Kent County high schools gathered at Calvin College on April 30th. This year marked the 19 years of the Calling All Colors Program and the inaugural year for Kent County.
At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogues about race issues, engaged in games and activities, and participated in an interactive presentation by motivational speaker Cole Williams. Additionally, each school group shared a presentation on their school's Action Plan. The Action Plans are strategies the students designed and implemented over the school year to increase racial equity in their school.
Special ThanksKeynote: Cole Williams
Many gracious thanks to the Conferences Host: Calvin College
Emcee: Taylor Daugherty, Diversity Alliance Staff
Calvin College Speakers: Dr. Rick Zomer Director of Campus Visits and Pre-College Programs
Volunteers: Ana Galloway, Catrina Harvey, Diana Hoeksema, Heather, Izabella, Jasmine Wells, Jayne Schuitema, Jennifer Smith, Julia Henshaw, Katelyn Kovalik, Katie Caralis, Kishen Newton, Linda Sanchez, Lisa Mitchell, Lyza Ingraham, Maria E. Espinoza, Mary Hartfield, Micah Gargala, Natalie Hillmann, Neva Kate Baron, Nick Rau, Raul Alvarez, Jr., Sonja Forte, Steffanie Rosalez
Participating High Schools: Comstock Park High, Grand Rapids University Prep, Innovation Central, Kent Career Tech, Lee High, Northview High, Ottawa High, Thornapple Kellogg High, Union High
Conference Photos"I liked knowing that I was making a change.
high school conference photos...
"I learned some valuable ways to meet new people and get to know their background without offending them."
"I really enjoyed meeting new people and building new relationships with students from different schools."
"Being involved in Calling All Colors has helped me to become more comfortable speaking in front of groups."
"I really had a great time getting to meet new people who feel diversity is important like me."
"The program actually got me more comfortable interacting with people from different races which my school doesn’t have a lot of."
"I learned so much about the experiences of people from different backgrounds just being in a setting where we were comfortable sharing."
" I understand now that even positive stereotypes can have negative effects so it’s best not to stereotype at all."