Students will have an opportunity to share their stories, advice, knowledge, and questions with the members of Grand Rapids Community College’s Student Alliance from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. This iteration of “Real Talk” will be held on Zoom.
“For starters, it’s just students along with the Student Alliance team sharing their experiences as college students in Grand Rapids at GRCC, just kind of to open it up,” said Student Alliance President Inayah Hakeem. “But more importantly, it’s about representation, and trying to get good feedback from students about what it looks like to them to be properly represented on campus. And then we talk about the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, about how in some institutions, on other college campuses, there’s been feedback from the student body that that office is kind of performative, and they’re not doing all that they can… It shouldn’t just be on them to be advocating on the behalf of diversity, equity, and inclusion and all of that.”
Those unable to attend the virtual meeting can send their comments to the group’s Instagram account via direct message. These will be shared anonymously by Student Alliance members during the meeting.
This is “just in case they couldn’t make it, because students are busy or whatever, so we didn’t want them to feel like ‘oh, I have to come,’ but we still need people to share their experiences because that’s the whole point of (the meeting),” Hakeem said.
To prompt critical thought and discussion, Student Alliance posed several questions to students.
Some of the questions that will be discussed include, “Why are you in college? . What are some struggles you face as a college student in Grand Rapids? Do you have any advice for incoming students? In what ways has GRCC improved your life? Most of all, how can Student Alliance better serve GRCC’s student body?”
You can join the meeting by filling out a Google Form to register.