Kent District Library and World Affairs Council Present Community Resilience Series

Pandemics, politics and persistent social problems make our communities seem more fractured and polarized than ever. Yet, we must all live together and create communities where people are safe, prosperous and healthy. Kent District Library has partnered with World Affairs Council to present a three-part series focused on Community Resilience. This series tackles the ways we can all work together to create stronger communities, starting right here in Western Michigan.

The Community Resilience series is taking place online, free of charge and registration is not required. People can attend the series virtually via the World Affairs Council's YouTube page. Each session will last about one hour and guests may ask questions of the speaker-experts during the live presentations. They will also be able to watch them afterwards as archived videos.

Towards a Newly Vital Midwest

  • Thursday, April 15, 6:30 PM
  • Featuring John Austin, Director of Michigan Economic Center and Nonresident Senior Fellow with Brookings Institution and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Empowered People = Community Resilience

  • Monday, April 19, 6:30 PM
  • Featuring Tarah Carnahan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Treetops Collective, Willie Patterson III, Director of Community Engagement at LINC Up and Carlos Sanchez, Director of Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

Responsive Government = Community Resilience

  • Monday, April 26, 6:30 PM
  • Featuring Nicole Hofert, City Planner for City of Wyoming, Stephen Kepley, Mayor of Kentwood, and Milinda Ysasi, Grand Rapids (2nd Ward) City Commissioner.

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan empowers the people and organizations of West Michigan to engage thoughtfully with the world. For more information, visit

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