KCC Center for Diversity to host LGBTQ speakers July 18

A view of the reflecting pools area in front of the North Avenue campus on a sunny summer day.

Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation will host a community conversation focused on LGBTQ communities July 18.

The event, titled “Living with Fear, Living with Joy: Creating Communities of Care Before and After Violence,” is free and open to the public and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Room on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The conversation will feature two keynote speakers and cover topics including:

  • How do we care for each other after acts of violence targeted at LGBTQ communities?
  • How do we show up before crisis to make sure that LGBTQ people have the resources they need to be resilient in the face of hate?
  • How do we live joyful and fulfilling lives knowing that LGBTQ people are often not safe?

Keynote speakers will include CarmenLeah Ascencio, a social worker, therapist, life coach and writer who specializes in working with survivors of violence and abuse; and Emily Joye, a pastor and facilitator for Allies for Change and White Men as Full Diversity Partners.

Light refreshments will be served at the event, and a play room will be available for children ages 3 and up. Play room spots must be reserved in advance by contacting Timeaka Reese, executive assistant at the CDI, at reeset@kellogg.edu.

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