Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit



Registration for the 2022 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit is now open, and you’re invited to attend on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and check-in)! The #2022GRSummit is a FREE transformational day-long learning experience centered around Summit’s core values of resident voice and racial equity. Summit brings Grand Rapids residents and stakeholders together to learn, strategize and connect to strengthen neighborhoods and belonging in community, with the overall goal to make Grand Rapids a more equitable place for all to live, work and play. This year’s theme is “Building Equitable and Healthy Communities”.

There will be in-person and virtual attendance options. Formal registration to attend Summit is required.

In-person registrations are limited as a COVID-19 precaution. In support of GVSU’s policy to keep community, students, faculty, and staff safe, it is required that all in-person attendees are vaccinated against COVID-19 (or will be by May 21, 2022). In-person attendees should be ready to show proof of vaccinations upon arrival and to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while indoors at Summit. The location has many exits to quickly step outside for a break and breath of fresh air. To attend Summit in person, please click here to complete the in-person registration.

Virtual attendees will have access to the opening and closing sessions, keynote speaker and workshops with a chat function to ask questions and offer comments. If you need or want to attend virtually, please click here to complete your virtual registration.

For Grand Rapids residents and Summit presenters, we will also offer Kids Summit for their dependents, age 5 to 12, at the same location and time so that lack of childcare is not a barrier and to also engage and offer meaningful learning opportunities for our younger GR residents. Space is limited. Kids Summit sign up is offered at the end of the In-person registration form hyperlinked above.

Don’t forget to use the #2022GRSummit hashtag and tag us on Facebook

What is Summit?

Summit is a transformational day-long learning experience centered around Summit’s core values of resident voice and racial equity. Summit brings Grand Rapids residents and stakeholders together to learn, strategize and connect to strengthen neighborhoods and belonging in community, with the overall goal to make Grand Rapids a more equitable place for all to live, work and play. Summit features an opening keynote presentation; several workshop options; lunch and lunchtime activities such as a fun photo booth, Zumba, yoga and several thoughtfully curated community resource tables; recognition of Grand Rapids residents for their leadership with Neighborhood Match Fund projects,  Anishinaabe opening and closing drum presentation, and a Community Celebration to end the day with everyone who makes Summit special – attendees, volunteers, and sponsors. In addition to “traditional” Summit on May 21st, we will host Summit Marketplace Park Party on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Garfield Park that will feature several community resource tables, Summit Marketplace featuring BIPOC vendors, and opportunities to learn about and engage with many City and community initiatives.

2022 Theme: Building Equitable and Healthy Communities

An equitable community is a healthy community where all people can thrive. Racism, in all its forms, is a threat to the health of all of us. This year’s theme is Building Equitable and Healthy Communities is based on the social and political determinates of health, and was inspired in part by the recent resolutions declaring racism as a public health crisis in Grand Rapids and Michigan, and by our community’s desire to undo racism and heal the harm it causes. This year’s theme is a call to educate ourselves and take action within our spheres of influence to advance policies, practices and efforts that foster equity, justice and belonging in our neighborhoods, social and family circles, organizations and city. Workshop tracks are based on social determinants of health (SDoH) and political determinants of health (PDoH).

To learn more about the SDoH and PDoH, please reference the #2022GRSummit Workshop Proposal Submission Guide or visit these websites:

2022 Summit Locations

Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Grand Valley State University

Pew Campus

401 Fulton Street W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

  • 8 a.m. Check-In & Light Breakfast Snacks
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summit
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Community Celebration

Summit Marketplace Park Party

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Garfield Park

250 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids 49507

  • Time TBA

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!

The #2022GRSummit workshop proposal submission period closed on Monday, April 4, 2022. Workshop proposals were selected based on topics connected to the six workshop tracks based on this year’s theme, Building Equitable and Healthy Communities. If you'd like to learn more about this year’s theme, workshop tracks and details that will be available at Summit, please read the #2022GRSummit Workshop Proposal Submission Guide. Thank you for contributing to Summits inclusive and transformational learning experience!


This transformational event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community. Each donation helps us keep registration free for participants, 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.

2022 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit Sponsorship Letter

2022 Sponsors


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



Grand Rapids Public School logo


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Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. logo


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Grand Rapids Public Museum logo


City of Grand Rapids Mobile GR Department logo


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West Michigan Works logo



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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.

Volunteers are key to making the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit such a high energy, welcoming and inclusive experience. #2022GRSummit needs several dozen volunteers throughout the day on May 21st to warmly greet guests, guide attendees to workshop and other locations, serve as workshop hosts to help presenters and with workshop flow, help with check-in, support with COVID-19 precautions,  and so much more!  We seek community members and groups who are energetic, welcoming and willing to support Summit’s success. If you can volunteer on May 21 for the full day and attend the required May 18th 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. orientation to receive your volunteer shirt and overview (dinner provided), please register as a volunteer below.  Thank you so much!

#2022GRSummit Volunteer Registration

Join us at Grand Valley State University's downtown Pew Campus for the 2022 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit. Getting there is easy with these options!


Live within a couple miles of downtown? Get your exercise for the day and some neighborhood inspiration by walking to one of the park locations near you. Walking along the streets of our city is one of the best ways to get in touch with our community. (edited)

Walking Directions 

Ride a Bicycle

Whether you hop on your bicycle for your health, the environment, or moments of mindfulness, it’s sure to put you in the mood to be inspired at this year’s Summit. Grab your helmet and join us for great conversation and community building. There are several bike racks downtown and at your local park to secure your bicycle. (edited)

Bicycling Directions

Take the Bus and DASH

Catch the bus and plan what workshops you’ll attend while you ride. Route 50 (GVSU Connector) and Route 12 (West Fulton) have stops right in front of the Pew Campus. Not your route? Transfer to DASH West from your neighborhood route.

DASH West is one of the free downtown bus routes. You can pick it up downtown and take it over to the Pew Campus. Buses come every 7-8 minutes at every stop and will start at 7:30 AM on the day on May 21, 2022.

Download Transit app for departure times, bus tracking, trip planning, and reminders for The Rapid and DASH (Google Play and the App Store)

Busing Directions


GVSU will have free parking! Park in one of the following lots:

These lots all have Disability Parking locations. Plan your parking and check out Grand Valley's campus map here.