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Desire for diversity

GVL / Courtesy Ella T. Fritzemeier

Desire for diversity


By NATALIE LUSSIER Published 12 hours ago

Attracting College Graduates to Grand Rapids: A Student-Driven Model, called PA 380, is a special topics course taught by Grand Valley State University professor Mark Hoffman. It focuses on developing recommendations for helping Grand Rapids thrive and increase diversity through attracting and retaining young professionals. Partnering with the city of Grand Rapids, the class developed 10 recommendations over the course of the Fall 2014 semester and presented them to the City Commission in December.


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