Hunter Genia: A descendent of the Saginaw Chippewa and Little River Band Ottawa Indians, Genia is a graduate of Grand Valley State University's Master's of Social Work program. He served the Grand Rapids Native American community from 1990-2000 at the Grand Rapids Inter-Tribal Council and Native American Community Services, and is presently employed at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's Behavioral Health Program as the Clinical Mental Health Director.
Paul DeWeese, M.D.: First elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in January 1999, Republican caucus members elected DeWeese to serve as the majority whip in his first term in office. DeWeese has championed issues of racial equality and believes government officials need to place people and principles above politics and policies.
Karen Henry: is an Arab American who has lived and worked in Jerusalem and parts of Lebanon. In Jerusalem she worked as a journalist for an English-language Palestinian weekly, as-Fajr. In Lebanon, she taught English to young women in refugee camps. Ms. Henry has a degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Michigan. Her writings have been published in the Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History and in several periodicals including Ms. Magazine, Metropolitan Woman, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Woman’s Forum. Ms. Henry’s biographical profile appeared in the 20th edition of Marquis Who’s Who of American Women. She serves on several local and regional boards and committees. She lectures widely on Media Images of Arabs and Muslims.
Lesmana Lim: Lesmana Lim is the son of Bin and Lisa Lim of Holland. As a student at Holland High School, Les was active in theater, debate, and forensics, winning the State Forensics Championship in Poetry Interpretation in 1997. A National Merit Finalist, Les is currently a junior at Michigan State University, where he is studying English. Mr. Lim read “Skin Color from the Sun” by Daryl Chinn. This poem is taken from a poetry anthology titled, “Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race.”
Ray Suarez: a Washington-based senior correspondent for The NewsHour, the PBS evening news program. Prior to joining The NewsHour, he hosted National Public Radio’s nationwide news program Talk of the Nation. Suarez’s work has earned him several awards, including the 1996 Ruben Salazar Award from the National council of La Raza. A longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Suarez is a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists. One of Suarez’s latest projects has been writing the book The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 (Free Press).