Hope Hosting "Calling All Colors" Event for Middle-Schoolers
on Oct. 8
Posted October 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- Students from 10 middle schools in
Ottawa and Muskegon counties will come together on the Hope
College campus on Tuesday, Oct. 8, for the seventh annual
"Calling All Colors" racial unity conference.
"Calling All Colors" is a project of the Lakeshore
Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) and co-sponsored by Hope.
Through the day-long conference, 150 students of
diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds will take part in
diversity dialogues; cultural activities, including music,
art and dance; and cooperative games. The purpose is to
increase the 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 keynote speaker is Ms. Nery Garcia, principal
of Washington Elementary School in Holland.
To give the middle-schoolers a global perspective,
Hope international students will teach music, art, dance and
activity workshops. The diversity dialogue, which is a
cultural simulation, titled BaFa BaFa, will be facilitated
by members of LEDA, Hope faculty and students, and community
After the October 8 conference, students will work
on racial harmony action plans back in their school
communities. The students will return to the spring
"Calling All Colors" conference at Grand Valley State
University to report on their successes.
Gail Harrison, executive director of LEDA, said
that students in previous years have called the event
"awesome, cool, and educational"; others said that they
appreciated the opportunity to talk about issues of race and
meet other kids interested in finding ways to get along.
Participating schools include Bunker Middle School
of Muskegon; Holland East Middle; Holland West Middle;
Lakeshore Middle of Grand Haven; Reeths-Puffer Middle of
Muskegon; St. Mary's Catholic School of Spring Lake; Steele
Middle School of Muskegon; Walden Green Day School of Spring
Lake; West Ottawa-Macatawa Bay of Holland; and White Pines
Middle of Grand Haven.
The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is a
grassroots organization working to promote racial harmony.
LEDA is also the sponsor of the Ottawa Area Summit on
Racism. Assisting in organizing the conference are the Hope
College Office of Multicultural Life, Office of
International Education and the Office of the Provost.