Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit

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Register for Summit

No registration required for the 2021 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit. There will be required sign-in each day and at each Summit location. Please check back soon for more updates.


2021 Theme: Moving Beyond Diversity…

The 2021 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit is now a week long event. Summit will take place Tuesday, June 1, 2021 through June 5, 2021. More details to be released in the following weeks. For now, SAVE THE DATES!!!

The year’s theme reflects the power of the social justice events of 2020, sharing our personal and community stories around Moving Beyond Diversity…it is more than a Hashtag. While each community has unique veracities around diversity initiatives and the tokenization of them that often occur, that if addressed strategically, communities can interrupt this trend by challenging narratives, speaking truth to power, and creating a culture where diversity can be embraced and celebrated in its truest form.  


What is Summit?

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit is now a weeklong experience for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholders to learn with and from each other about strategies, resources and opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity. The week will start with an opening ceremony presentation and welcoming for our Elected Officials, community resource tables, intentionally curated workshops, interactive activities and a closing ceremony that includes a drawing of prizes from local Grand Rapids businesses and organizations. Attendees enter the prize drawing by visiting community resource tables where a table representative will stamp the attendees’ “Summit Passport”. Complete passports are entered into the drawing.


What others are saying about Summit

  • “Very diverse! I am hardly ever in such a diverse setting and wish it happened all the time!”
  • “I liked that it gave me lots of ideas and resources I can use for my family.”
  • “It was awesome…inspirational and informational!”
  • “Kids Summit was a great option because it enabled me to attend.”

Learn More

Want to learn more? Watch this video from a previous Summit!

Sponsorship Opportunities

This transformational event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community. We are currently seeking sponsors. Each donation helps us keep registration free for attendees, allows us to provide resources and COVID-19 safe practices, and to create an intentional space for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholder to learn together and build relationship to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity in our city.

Please contact summit@grcity.us to make sponsorship arrangements. Sponsorship levels and benefits listed below. 

Sponsorship Levels


Gift Basket Donations

Want to donate a gift basket from a local business? Or a gift basket representing several businesses in a neighborhood? We welcome donations for the prize drawing during the closing session of Summit!

This is a great way to promote businesses, business associations and encourage residents to shop local and explore neighborhoods! Please contact summit@grcity.us to make pick up arrangements!


Thank You, Sponsors

This transformational event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community. We are currently seeking sponsors. Each donation helps us keep registration free for attendees, allows us to provide childcare, and to create an intentional space for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholder to learn together and build relationship to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity in our city.


2020 Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

City of Grand Rapids

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Community Table Sponsor

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy logo


Community Celebration Sponsor

Grand Valley State University Division of Inclusion and Equity

Grand Valley State University's Division of Inclusion and Equity logo


Tree Canopy Sponsor

Mobile GR

City of Grand Rapids Mobile GR Department logo


Kids Summit Sponsor

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Grand Rapids Public School logo


Neighborhood Connector Sponsors

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Community College logo


Rene Guzman Realtor

Rene Guzman Realtor logo


West Michigan Works!

West Michigan Works logo


 

Wege Foundation

 

Wege Foundation Logo

 


Community Garden Sponsors

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. logo


Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health logo


West Michigan Environmental Action Council

West Michigan Environmental Action Council logo


Block Party Sponsor

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Grand Rapids Community Foundation logo


Block Captain Sponsors

Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering logo


Frey Foundation

Frey Foundation logo


Good for Michigan

Good for MI logo


Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses logo


Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids Public Museum logo


John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo logo


West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce logo


Good Neighbor Sponsors

Dwelling Place of Greater Grand Rapids NPHC

Grand Circus

Milinda Ysasi

Kids Summit this year will not have childcare available to the children, age 0 – 5, but will have activities for both Kids and Parents/Guardian to do together.  Kid’s Summit activities are for Grand Rapids residents attending #2021GRSummit. Kids Summit takes place at the same location at the same time as regular Summit. Pre-registration is not required this year with more details to come on that process.

ADA Compliant

The Summit locations are completely compliant with the American Disability Act (ADA) and we are partnering with the Disability Advocates of Kent County to pro-actively take steps to make the event even more accessible. In addition, there are numerous disability parking options on campus.


Breastfeeding Friendly

This event is a breastfeeding friendly environment. Feed your child wherever and whenever you want. We'll have a private nursing room as well.


Interpretación/Interpretation (Spanish/English)

Servicios de interpretación profesional va a estar disponible para las personas que lo soliciten. Tambien habran coluntarios que hablen español e inglés que estaran dispuestos a traducir informalmente. Estos tendran un boton que dice “Soy Bilingüe” en su camiseta.

We'll provide professional interpretation services. Make sure to request this service when you register. We also ask if registrants are bilingual English and Spanish. If so, we give them a “Soy Bilingüe” button. This lets others know they're willing to help with informal interpretation.

City of Grand Rapids

Summit Leadership Team

Thank you to the Leadership Team for their efforts and countless volunteer hours in shaping and coordinating this event. Due to their intentionality and commitment, this event consistently receives rave reviews each year.


Shi’Anna Giden

Godwin Public Schools


Sophia Schaffer

Edifying Consulting, LCC


Javier Cervantes

Grand Rapids Public Schools


Jordoun Eatman

City of Grand Rapids


Jermale Eddie

Malamiah Juice Bar


Rachel Lee

River North Public House


Ken Miguel-Cipriano

Mobile GR


Lilibeth Genao

City of Grand Rapids


Evette Pittman

City of Grand Rapids- Office of Special Events


Sharra Poncil

City of Grand Rapids


Magdalena Rivera

East Hills Council


Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard

Independent Journalist


Jessica Solis

City of Grand Rapids


Latrisha Sosebee

Dwelling Place GR


Elissa Soto

City of Grand Rapids - Water Systems


Erica Soto

Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions (BL2END)


Stacy Stout

City of Grand Rapids

The 2021 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit has volunteer opportunities waiting to be filled. Click on the Volunteer Registration Form below for a list of all available positions and the chance to register.

Volunteer Registration