For students, it’s sometimes hard to stay informed about state government. Without knowing where to look or who to ask, it may just be a matter of exposure, and a Grand Rapids Community College student group is working to help students connect to their state representatives.
To kick things off, Democrats at GRCC is hosting State Representative Rachel Hood on Nov. 6 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall Room 276.
Rep. Hood will be talking with students about a number of topics and what the state government is doing to take action regarding climate change. In referring to state and local community leaders for expertise, GRCC can facilitate the bridge between students and representatives.
The club’s leadership team works together to reach out to elected officials, staff, students, and members of the community in order to provide impactful resources for as many people and local residents as possible.
Alex Toren, president of Democrats at GRCC, explains why connecting college students is so important.
“College is a fantastic opportunity to gather students with similar interests, ” Toren said. “When enrolled at GRCC, you have so many chances to gather with like-minded people, and we are taking every chance we get to do just that.”
Toren said it’s essential to build that transparency between our government and leaders and members of the community, “especially college students.”
“When GRCC students have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to their elected leaders, we can build trust and transparency in our government and in our leaders.”
Democrats at GRCC is a welcoming, inclusive space for students and faculty alike. The group notes that if students have any interest in civic or social issues, they get in touch through Raider Connect and their social media page. More information on their web addresses can be found on Raider Connect.