Equity and Inclusion
We believe that we can only realize our full potential through the creation of opportunity according to individual needs and the celebration of our diversity.
We believe that our community deserves equal access to quality services and resources.
We believe in standing alongside movements for justice.
We believe in amplifying the voices and priorities of those who have historically been silenced or ignored.
We believe that the current system is functioning exactly how it was designed, and we must actively disrupt it.
We believe that community change happens through strong, honest, respectful relationships.
Our Steering Committee
I am involved with the LCC because I want to continue to connect the dots in the community and help people reach their potential. Together, we can and will make a difference. Si se puede!
Being in the LCC has allowed me to grow and contribute in the context of authentic relationships within the amazing latinx community of greater Grand Rapids. The LCC is a unique and warm group of people that has helped me find my place and is involved in thoughtful and important work that I am so proud to be a part of.
I joined the LCC because of relationship and advocacy. LCC provided me a space to build strong, authentic relationships with Latinos who’s personal mission and vision is to advocate for our Latinx community within institutions… together creating change.
Sergio Cira Reyes
I joined the LCC because I believe in the enormous potential of our people and our institutions. I love steering our work toward a dignified quality of life, leading with our experience, our culture, and talent as our strengths.
The LCC is how I got connected in Grand Rapids—it’s how I found my community. I stay involved because we all deserve to be surrounded by a network of people who care about us, and are working for our success in a world that so often pushes us down.
Julio Cano Villalobos
The Latino Community Coalition provides a place where I can just be. I can speak Spanish, great people like I would in my own family and now, to be a part of the committee means I get to offer space to the next leaders to just be who they are and bring their full selves.
The opportunity to join the LCC is one that I’m passionate about to advocate for and help realize the full potential of the Latinx community. I’m excited to empower the next generation of Latinx leaders, student activists, and the entire Latinx community in their journey for social justice.
I joined the LCC because of community and advocacy. The LCC provides a space for me to grow, learn and most importantly advocate for the GR Latinx community. I enjoy working alongside like-minded people to push and change the narrative of our people. Empowering the Latinx community and seeing us thrive is my why.