Diversity Lecture Series

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaking at the Diversity Lecture Series.

The Diversity Lecture Series provides GRCC stakeholders and members of the Grand Rapids community with tangible access to society’s most prolific scholars, thought-leaders, activists, and innovative artist. The lecture series aims to connect members of the community with people that hold a compelling interest in shaping a culture of inclusion and social justice.

For over twenty years, the diversity lecture series has helped attendees consider different perspectives through cultural engagement, critical thought, and civil discourse. 

  • Lectures are free and open to all
  • American Sign Language interpreter available
  • For more information contact ODEI@grcc.edu


2019-2020 Speakers

  • Dr. Yaba Blay, Creative Producer, Native Ethnographer, and Author 
    • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 6:00 PM - Spectrum Theater 
  • Jordan Daniels, Founder and Organizer of the Rising Hearts Coalition
    • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM - ATC Auditorium  

2018-2019 Speakers

  • Ana Navarro, GOP Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo
  • Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer, and Activist
  • Jessica Valenti, Renowned Feminist Author and Journalist
  • Eddie Bailey, Emmy-nominated Film Director, Memphis Majic