Hope to Host Ottawa Area Summit on Racism
Posted January 14, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College will host the third annual
Ottawa Area Summit on Racism on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
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
$25, including lunch.
The summit will bring together several hundred
participants in considering significant issues related to
racial diversity in the community. Activities will include
a morning keynote address, action team sessions focused on
specific strategy areas, learning workshops on a variety of
topics, and an afternoon theatrical presentation.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. John F. Dovidio,
who is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at
Colgate University, where he is also provost and dean of the
faculty. His research interests are in stereotyping,
prejudice and discrimination; social power and nonverbal
communication; and altruism and helping. He has published
more than 100 books, articles and chapters on the topics.
He shared the 1985 and 1998 Gordon Allport Intergroup
Relations Prize with Samuel L. Gaertner for their work on
aversive racism and ways to reduce bias, and the 2000 Prize
with Kerry Kawakami for their research on reducing
The 13 action teams are addressing seven strategy
areas: business, community, education, faith community,
government, health care and media. The summit will include
reports on accomplishments during 2002 and planning for
The interactive learning workshops will engage
participants in presentations and dialogue on four race
relations topics: "Understanding Racism," "Exploring Racism
and Poverty," "The Power to Heal or Divide: The Influence
of Media in Race Relations" and "Understanding the Arab
KMR Diversity Theatre will present "The Usual
Things" as the afternoon's theatrical performance. KMR
Diversity Theatre is a method to bring awareness training to
the work environment and help employees exercise respect and
sensitivity in everyday situations. "The Usual Things,"
written by Mike Smolinski, is about a loan officer's
realization of his prejudices and stereotypical thinking by
reliving a typical day in his life through a conversation
with a psychiatrist.
Following registration from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.,
welcoming remarks will be made by Hope College President
James Bultman. Closing remarks will be presented by Alfredo
Gonzales, who is associate provost at Hope, and by Gail
Harrison, who is the summit coordinator and executive
director of LEDA.
The summit marks the third 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 Latin Americans United for
Progress, Core City, and The Alliance for Cultural and
Registration forms for the summit may be obtained
by calling (616) 846-9074 or from the organization's website.
The organizers have requested that
those interested in participating register by Tuesday, Feb.