Hope to Host Ottawa Area Summit on Racism
Posted January 29, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College will host the second
annual Ottawa Area Summit on Racism on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The all-day summit, sponsored by the Lakeshore
Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA), will begin at 8 a.m. in
Dimnent Memorial Chapel, and will continue until 4 p.m.
The campus community is invited. Admission is
$20, including lunch.
The first summit, held last February, brought
together 650 participants to consider significant issues
related to racial diversity in the community and to develop
strategies for improving race relations. This year's summit
will focus on developing additional strategies, with
sessions covering education, business, community, faith,
government, health care and the media.
The event's afternoon keynote speaker will be Ray
Suarez of "The News Hour," formerly host of NPR's "Talk of
the Nation." Other speakers during the day will include
Hunter Genia of the Saginaw Chippewa; State Rep. Paul
DeWeese of Williamston, who is a Republican legislator and
1977 Hope graduate who has championed the cause of racial
equality; Karen Henry, an Arab American journalist from
Grand Rapids; a Christian drama group from Ohio; and Les
Lim, a Michigan State University student who grew up in
There will also be a resource fair and book
signing at the Maas Center during the lunch hour.
Welcoming remarks will be made by President James
Bultman. Closing remarks will be presented by Alfredo
Gonzales, associate provost at Hope, and by Gail Harrison,
who is the summit coordinator and executive director of
The summit marks the second year in a five-year
initiative dedicated to fostering racial inclusion in the
Ottawa County area. In addition to sponsorship by LEDA, the
event includes collaboration by groups including Latin
Americans United for Progress (LAUP), the Alliance for
Cultural and Ethnic Harmony, and COBB Community Outreach
Center, all of Holland.
Registration forms for the summit may be obtained
by calling (616) 846-9074 or from the web site