Hope Hosts "Calling All Colors"
Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 9
Posted October 5, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College will host the sixth annual
"Calling All Colors" racial unity conference of the
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Nearly 200 students from 14 Ottawa and Muskegon
county middle schools will come together for diversity
dialogues and activity workshops. The purpose is to
increase students' awareness of stereotyping and its
effects, to offer a safe place to discuss feelings about
race and race relations, to learn about different points of
view, and to expose students to a college campus. The
students will also be provided an opportunity to discuss how
sensitivity to diversity is necessary during the current
Hope College President James E. Bultman will
welcome the students to campus, and the event's keynote
speaker will be Dr. Fred L. Johnson III, assistant professor
of history at Hope. To give the young teens a global
perspective, international students at Hope will lead music,
games and dance workshops demonstrating aspects of their
Hosts are the college's Office of Multicultural
Life and Office of the Provost. It is the third time that
the event has been held on the Hope campus.
After the October 9 conference in Holland,
students will work on racial harmony action plans at their
own schools and attend a follow-up conference at Grand
Valley State University in Allendale.
Ortencia Ruiz, conference coordinator, said that
teens at previous conferences have called the event
"awesome, cool, educational"; others have said they
appreciated "being around many kinds of people and having
fun; getting a chance to express our ideas and get them out
in the open."
The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is a
grassroots group that works to promote racial harmony
through education, advocacy, support networks and
celebrations. It began organizing the area's Calling All
Colors conference in 1996.
Middle schools participating in this year's event
Black River, Holland
Lakeshore, Grand Haven
Macatawa Bay, West Ottawa
St. Mary Catholic, Spring Lake
Walden Green, Spring Lake
White Pines, Grand Haven