The Thornapple Arts Council is pleased to partner with Leadership Barry County and the Barry County Chamber of Commerce to present a three-part series entitled Courageous Conversations. These conversations are focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health and wellness.
Free and open to all, these events will take place from 6:30-7:30 on Sept. 23, Sept. 30, and Oct. 7 at the Barry Community Enrichment Center at 231 S Broadway. To register, email Jillian at email@example.com.
Courageous Conversations: Ken James
Ken James, Director of Inclusion at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, will address diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the return on investment of these efforts in the workplace and communities.
Courageous Conversations: Vicki Shumaker
Vicki Shumaker, MA, LMSW, CAADS, ADS, CTS counselor at Meadow Run Holistic Counseling, will discuss the importance of mental wellness for teens and adults; and how to address mental health challenges facing our communities.
Courageous Conversations: Dionardo Pizaña
Dionardo Pizaña, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist at MSU Extension, will talk about equity versus the quality and implicit bias, and how we can work to better understand and overcome our own biases.