Latinos are an important part of the Grand Rapids community, but we rarely see ourselves reflected in our elected officials. As such, it is critical to ensure that the people running for office have engaged with and learned from the Latinos they hope to represent. In 2017, we started holding candidate forums specific to Latinos, so that we all have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the positions of those asking for our votes. The events are always livestreamed for anyone who is unable to attend in person, and interpretation services are available onsite.
Latino Placemaking Series
Strategies and Challenges in the Retention of Latino Talent in Grand Rapids
2017 – DR. ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
Dr. Robert Rodriguez specializes in enterprise diversity strategy planning; employee resource group optimization; and Latino talent management programs.
The Future of Ñ in Grand Rapids
2016 – DENISE SOLER COX
Denise Soler Cox is a social entrepreneur and filmmaker who produced Project Ñ, a documentary film exploring the idea that first-generation American born Latinos or ñs, share a distinct identity, shaped by their experience growing up between two cultures.