Davenport University held its first-ever Global and Intercultural Competency (GIC) Student Summit on April 5, 2019 at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. The summit, hosted by the office of diversity, equity and inclusion, was open to all students working on their GIC development. Over 100 students registered and actively participated throughout the day.
Goals of the GIC Student Summit included increasing participants’ understanding of cultural issues in the world around them and expanding their cultural perspectives through a keynote address, interactive workshops, discussion panels and peer dialogue.
Tavian Moore, president of the Grand Rapids NAACP Youth Council, gave the keynote address. 15 panelists included Davenport faculty, staff and alumni as well as professionals from Amway, Gordon Food Service, Dematic and several other area companies. Panelists spoke about contemporary diversity issues in their professional lives during the summit’s interactive workshops.
The 2019 GIC Student Summit ended with a cultural engagement session featuring the West Michigan Jewels of Africa. Students got to participate in the performance by playing bongo drums and dancing along with the beat. Watch a clip of the performance below.
Didn’t get to participate in the learning experience this year? Keep an eye out for future diversity, equity and inclusion events around campus.