Calling All Colors (CAC), a program for middle and high school students, provides inviting, safe spaces for students to talk about biases, particularly related to race and ethnicity. CAC gives students tools for creating and increasing positive impacts within their schools.

This year-long program that fosters inclusive school communities features a fall kick-off conference and a spring wrap-up conference. Calling All Colors encourages monthly meetings within each school as well as frequent communication between LEDA and other participating schools.

Calling All Colors Fall Conferences

Fall Conference Details

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Hope College

(Please note: your school has the option to attend in-person or virtually)

Meet our Calling All Colors Emcee

Evan Lauchie

Evan Lauchié

Evan Lauchié is a Michigan native with many passions. As a musician, producer, comedian, public speaker, educator, husband and a new father, Evan believes in using every platform provided to be an cultural influencer. Just like in a song there are many instruments that make  a beautiful sound when played together, Evan believes it is possible and is his goal and life purpose, to serve as a producer and bring different backgrounds, ethnicities and colors all together to make a beautiful song in the key of Life.

Meet our Calling All Colors Keynote Speakers

Judge Juanita Bocanegra

With almost 20 years of combined experience in the legal field, Juanita F. Bocanegra is an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office. Before this, she was engaged in private practice. Juanita also worked as a legal assistant in Holland prior to attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she received her Juris Doctorate. Juanita graduated from the Honors Program at GVSU where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She is also involved with the Holland Zeeland Community Foundation, Holland Hospital Board, and the Greater Holland Area Women Who Care, among other organizations. Judge Bocanegra made history when she became Ottawa County’s first bilingual judge and first Latina judge. Growing up in a family that migrated seasonally between Texas and Holland, Michigan, Juanita attributes her professional success to great teachers, counting her parents as her first and best teachers.

Nayeli Mora

Winning the 2021 Michigan Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year award, is how Nayeli Mora concluded her high school year. This award recognizes academic achievements, high character, and service to the community. Nayeli says that while representing the state with this honor brings responsibility,  she is “happy to continue to use my voice to talk about things that are important to me, about social justice issues.” She says the Club has provided academic and emotional support over the past 10 years. Her future plans include studying to become a lawyer, focusing on immigration. She also wants to use her voice to advocate for equal educational opportunities for minority students. Nayeli says because education is the key to everything, everyone should have access to the same opportunities. Seeing gaps, especially for minorities and low income households, is a motivation for her future goals.

If you are a teacher or administrator and are interested in having your school participate in Calling All Colors, please contact Patricia Strachan at office@leda.flywheelsites.com for more information. The Fall Conference launches a year-long program designed to educate students on topics of diversity and inclusion.

Program Outcome Reports

2017-2018 Outcome Report

2016-2017 Outcome Report

2015-2016 Outcome Report

Many Thanks To

Major Financial Support

Greater Ottawa County United Way
Milagro Six / Tony & Ginner Castillo
Jeff & Peg Padnos

Collaborating Organizations

Grand Valley State University
Hope College