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Nonprofit produces racial equity workshop

October 31, 2014
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Nonprofit produces racial equity course
The nonprofit Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance in Holland works to ensure people of all backgrounds have equal access "to participate fully in the life of the community.” Photo via

An event promoting honest discussions about racial equity is coming to the lakeshore.

Dimensions of racism

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is hosting a one-day Racial Equity Institute workshop on Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., in Grand Haven at the Fire Barn Gallery, at 18 North 5th St.

Located at the Macatawa Resource Center in Holland, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance has a mission to "dismantle barriers" to foster equal opportunities for people of all ethnic backgrounds.

Throughout the interactive Racial Equity Institute workshop, attendees will explore how unintentional biases impact individual choices, by examining the four dimensions of racism: internalized, institutional, interpersonal and structural.

"Stronger community"

The nonprofit said that the workshop's facilitated dialogues and activities will empower people to create a new future and racial healing for families and the community.

People who attended the 2013 workshop represented 10 institutions throughout Ottawa County and when surveyed, 92 percent noted that the workshop was valuable to the community and/or their organization.

After the event, one attendee said it “makes us a stronger community when we are on the same page and can work toward a common goal.”

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance has presented events and seminars promoting racial healing since 2000.

The cost of the workshop is $65 a person and includes lunch. 

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