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2015 Spring Lakeshore Schools

Conferences Overview

Nearly 255 students from 10 Lakeshore middle schools and 7 Lakeshore high schools gathered at Grand Valley State University on April 28 and April 29, respectively. This year marked the 19th annual spring conference for middle school students and the 8th spring conference for high school students.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogue sessions to talk about race issues, engaged in games, activities and a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Stewart. Additionally, each school group shared a presentation on their school's Action Plan. The Action Plans are strategies students designed and implemented over the school year to increase racial equity in their school. 

Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: GVSU

Keynote: Dr. Jennifer Stewart – Professor of Sociology – GVSU

Introduction: Dr. Jesse Bernal – VP of Diversity of Inclusion & Melissa Baker – Boosamra – Community Service Learning Center

Participating Schools: Harbor Lights/McBay, Jefferson, Lakeshore, Mona Shores, Holland West, White Pines, Holland, Muskegon, Black River, Fruitport, Grand Haven, Grand Haven Central, Spring Lake, West Ottawa.

Student Feedback

"Loved Calling All Colors.”

“Great to be in places where there are lots of different people.”

“Always look forward to Calling All Colors.”

“Lots of learning and processing.”

“There is so much we need to talk about race.”

“Learned that history needs to be relearned.”

“This was a lot of fun and learning at the same time.”