Geared toward middle and high school students, Calling All Colors creates a safe space to talk about race and provides students with tools for increasing positive racial impacts within their schools. The year-long program features two conferences and fosters inclusive school communities.

Calling All Colors

Geared toward middle and high school students, Calling All Colors creates a safe space to talk about race and provides students with tools for increasing positive racial impacts within their schools. The year-long program features two conferences and fosters inclusive school communities.

At the beginning of the school year, participating schools select a core group of students to attend the opening conference, held at an area college/university. This conference includes a keynote speaker, facilitated dialogues, and school-group planning sessions. Students have the opportunity to meet students from other schools, increase awareness of different viewpoints, learn about stereotyping and its effects, discuss feelings about race, and be exposed to the college campus.

Following the opening conference, student groups meet back at their schools and participate in rare open, honest discussions about race issues within the school context. The groups follow a carefully designed set of activities and materials that prompt discussion throughout the year. After identifying areas of concern in their particular school, students develop and implement action plans to address the identified issues.

Near the end of the year, student groups gather at a different area college/university for a second conference in which student groups present their projects and outcomes. They also hear a keynote speaker, participate in additional dialogues, and engage in cooperative activities.

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Recent Conferences

Conferences Overview

Nearly 250 students from 12 Lakeshore middle schools and 9 Lakeshore high schools gathered at GVSU on May 2nd & 3rd, respectively. This year marked the 21st annual fall conference for middle school students.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogue sessions to talk about race issues, engaged in games, activities and a presentation by Fidel Mireles. Students also explored aspects of history, the arts, and race.


Conference Photos

High School Conference Photos

Middle School Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: GVSU

Keynote: Fidel Mireles

Introduction: Dr. Beverly Grant

Keynote: Stephanie Rozales Program Director, Cook Arts Center

Participating Schools: Black River, Eagle Crest Charter Academy, Fruitport, Holland East, Holland West, Jefferson, Lakeshore, Mona Shores, Muskegon, West Ottawa, White Pines, Zeeland Christian, Central, Grand Haven High, West Ottawa, West MI Christian & Spring Lake, Muskegon

Conferences Overview

Nearly 250 students from 12 Lakeshore middle schools and 9 Lakeshore high schools gathered at Hope College on October 5th & 6th, respectively. This year marked the 20th annual fall conference for middle school students and the 9th spring conference for high school students.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogue session to talk about race issues, engaged in games, activities and a presentation by Kwame James. Students also explored aspects of history, the arts, and race.


Conference Photos

High School Conference Photos

Middle School Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: Hope College

Keynote: Kwame James

Introduction: Richard Ray – Provost

Participating Schools: Zeeland, White Pines, West, Muskegon, Mona Shores, Lakeshore, Jefferson, Holland East, Harbor Lights Mac Bay, Fruitport, Eagle Crest, Black River, West Ottawa, West MI Christian, Spring Lake, South Haven, Muskegon, Holland Christian, Hamilton, Grand Haven High & Grand Haven Central

Conferences Overview

Over 105 students from 7 Kent County high schools gathered at Calvin College on April 29th. This year marked 19 years of the Calling All Colors Program.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogue sessions to talk about race issues, engaged in games, activities and a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Stewart. Additionally, each school group shared a presentation on their school’s Action Plan. The Action Plans are strategies students designed and implemented over the school year to increase racial equity in their school.


Conference Photos

2015 Spring Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: Calvin College

Keynote: Dr. Jennifer Stewart – Professor of Sociology – GVSU

Participating Schools: Wyoming, Union, Thornapple Kellogg, Northview, Kent Career Tech Center, Comstock, and City High

Conferences Overview

Nearly 255 students from 10 Lakeshore middle schools and 7 Lakeshore high schools gathered at Grand Valley State University on April 28 and April 29, respectively. This year marked the 19th annual spring conference for middle school students and the 8th spring conference for high school students.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogue sessions to talk about race issues, engaged in games, activities and a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Stewart. Additionally, each school group shared a presentation on their school’s Action Plan. The Action Plans are strategies students designed and implemented over the school year to increase racial equity in their school.


Conference Photos

2015 Spring Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: GVSU

Keynote: Dr. Jennifer Stewart – Professor of Sociology – GVSU

Introduction: Dr. Jesse Bernal – VP of Diversity of Inclusion & Melissa Baker – Boosamra – Community Service Learning Center

Participating Schools: Harbor Lights/McBay, Jefferson, Lakeshore, Mona Shores, Holland West, White Pines, Holland, Muskegon, Black River, Fruitport, Grand Haven, Grand Haven Central, Spring Lake, West Ottawa

Conferences Overview

152 students from 11 Kent County high schools gathered at Aquinas College on October 21st. This year marked 19 years of the Calling All Colors Program.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogue sessions to talk about race issues, engaged in games and activities, and participated in an interactive presentation by speaker Alfredo Hernandez Corsen. Students also engaged in games and activities that promoted meaningful multicultural interaction.


Conference Photos

High School Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: Aquinas College

Keynote: Alfredo Hernandez Corsen – LEDA Staff

Participating Schools: Wyoming, West Catholic, Union High, Thornapple Kellogg, Northview, KCTC, Innovation Central, Forest Hills, Comstock Park, City High and Southeast Student Success Center

Conferences Overview

Over 270 students from a total of 18 middle schools and high schools gathered at Hope College on October 6 and 7 respectively. This year marked the 19th annual spring conference for middle school students and the 8th spring conference for high school students.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogues sessions to talk about race issues, engaged in games and activities, and participated in an interactive presentation by speaker Alfredo Hernandez Corsen. Students also engaged in games and activities that promoted meaningful multicultural interaction.


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: Hope College

Volunteers: Abraham Gonzales, Annie McFall, Bruce Cook, Samantha Mann, Zahabia Amhed-Usmani, Waltraud Beckman, and Sandra Ploeg.

Introduction: Alfredo Gonzales – Dean – Hope College

Keynote: Alfredo Hernandez Corsen – LEDA Staff

Participating Schools: Harbor Lights/McBay, Holland, Jefferson, Lakeshore, White Pines, Muskegon, East Holland, Mona Shores, West, Central, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, West Ottawa, Holland Christian, Fruitport

Conferences Overview

100 students from nine Kent County high schools gathered at Calvin College on April 30th. This year marked the 19 years of the Calling All Colors Program and the inaugural year for Kent County.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogues about race issues, engaged in games and activities, and participated in an interactive presentation by motivational speaker Cole Williams. Additionally, each school group shared a presentation on their school’s Action Plan. The Action Plans are strategies the students designed and implemented over the school year to increase racial equity in their school.


Conference Photos

2014 Spring Kent County Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: Calvin College

Emcee: Taylor Daugherty, Diversity Alliance Staff

Calvin College Speakers: Dr. Rick Zomer Director of Campus Visits and Pre-College Programs

Keynote: Cole Williams

Volunteers: Ana Galloway, Catrina Harvey, Diana Hoeksema, Heather, Izabella, Jasmine Wells, Jayne Schuitema, Jennifer Smith, Julia Henshaw, Katelyn Kovalik, Katie Caralis, Kishen Newton, Linda Sanchez, Lisa Mitchell, Lyza Ingraham, Maria E. Espinoza, Mary Hartfield, Micah Gargala, Natalie Hillmann, Neva Kate Baron, Nick Rau, Raul Alvarez, Jr., Sonja Forte, Steffanie Rosalez

Participating High Schools: Comstock Park High, Grand Rapids University Prep, Innovation Central, Kent Career Tech, Lee High, Northview High, Ottawa High, Thornapple Kellogg High, Union High

Conferences Overview

Over 250 students from nine Lakeshore middle schools and nine Lakeshore high schools gathered at Grand Valley State University on April 28th and April 29th, respectively. This year marked the 18th annual spring conference for middle school students and the 7th spring conference for high school students.

At the conferences, students joined in small group dialogues about race issues, engaged in games and activities, and participated in an interactive presentation by motivational speaker Cole Williams. Additionally, each school group shared a presentation on their school’s Action Plan. The Action Plans are strategies the students designed and implemented over the school year to increase racial equity in their school.


Conference Photos

2014 Spring Middle School Conference Photos
2014 Spring High School Conference Photos


Special Thanks

Many gracious thanks to:

Conference host: Grand Valley State University

Emcee: Taylor Daugherty, Diversity Alliance Staff

GVSU Speakers: MarcQus Wright, M.Ed. Educational Support Program Director and Shawn Jenkins, Director of the Center for Adult & Continuing Studies-Muskegon

Keynote: Cole Williams

Volunteers: Ana Galloway, Catrina Harvey, Diana Hoeksema, Heather, Izabella, Jasmine Wells, Jayne Schuitema, Jennifer Smith, Julia Henshaw, Katelyn Kovalik, Katie Caralis, Kishen Newton, Linda Sanchez, Lisa Mitchell, Lyza Ingraham, Maria E. Espinoza, Mary Hartfield, Micah Gargala, Natalie Hillmann, Neva Kate Baron, Nick Rau, Raul Alvarez, Jr., Sonja Forte, Steffanie Rosalez

Participating Middle Schools: Harbor Lights, Macatawa Bay, Holland 8 & 9, Innocademy, Jefferson, Lakeshore, Muskegon, St. Mary’s Catholic and White Pines

Participating High Schools: Black River, Grand Haven Central, Grand Haven High, Holland Christian, Holland High 10-12, Reeths-Puffer, West Ottawa, Zeeland East, and Zeeland West

Many Thanks To

Major Financial Support

Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area
Bank of America
Fifth Third Bank
Gannet Foundation
Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Grand Valley State University Office of Continuing Education
Greater Ottawa County United Way
Holland Junior Welfare League
Hope College
Ottawa County United Way
Mercantile Bank
Robert DeNooyer Chevrolet
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan
The Schalon Foundation

Collaborating Organizations

Aquinas College
Calvin College
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Kent Intermediate School District