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Institute for Healing Racism

The Institute for Healing Racism is the area’s leading program for uncovering racism and understanding its impact on individuals and the workplace. More than 2,000 people have attended since 1997.

The Institute offers an intensive two-day experience. Because racism is a powerful force in our lives and community, the Institute challenges participants of all backgrounds to be part of an equally powerful dialogue. We provide the safe space and neutral guidance needed to help that dialogue emerge. The experience is rooted in:

• Honest conversation and reflection about the personal experience of race and racism.

• Guided exercises about where racism comes from and identifying the signs and symptoms of racism in our everyday lives.

• Initial practices to continue addressing racism in your life and workplace.

 2014 Dates & Locations

  • February 6-7, Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Ave SE, 49512

  • March 4-5, Literacy Center of West Michigan, 1120 Monroe Ave NW #240, 49503

  • April 24-25, Thought Design, 10 E Bridge, Rockford, MI 49341

  • May 20-21, Habitat for Humanity Kent County, 425 Pleasant Street SW, 49503

  • June 10-11, Kent ISD, 2930 Knapp Street NE, 49525

  • September 25-26, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, 1515 Arborteum SE, 49512

  • October 23-24, Cascade Engineering, 3400 Innovation Court SE, 49512

  • November 6-7, Steelcase Inc. University, 901 44th Street SE, 49508

    Two-day Institute: $200 non-profit members and $300 for-profit members
    * Additional $50 charge for non-chamber members.


Sponsorship Opportunities

2011 Diversity Visionary Award event photo courtesy of Tiberius Images

The Institute for Healing Racism is a two day program that seeks to combat and heal the wounds of racism. IHR dissects the complex disease of racism by examining U.S. history, race, institutional power, self-awareness, privilege, and anti-racism.

The Institute for Healing Racism has great value to the business community and our citizens. Sponsorship support helps the Chamber continue to support Grand Rapids as a magnetic community that attracts and retains talent.

We encourage persons of all skin colors and ethnicities to participate.

Why sponsor the Institute for Healing Racism?
• Show support for the Chamber’s extensive diversity programming
• Illustrate your organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the local business community
• Receive recognition among Institute participants and in Chamber publications

We invite all Chamber Members to connect by participating in events and programs by becoming a sponsor. 

Click here for sponsorship levels and benefits or contact Mark Allen at 616.771.0348.

Photo courtesy of Tiberius Images.

 Thank you to our 2014 sponsors.




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