About Us

Bridges to Cultural Understanding is a grassroots organization created to provide a means of bringing multi-cultural individuals together across social boundaries in order to give us all an opportunity to share our individual stories and to dialogue with one another. All Bridges to Cultural Understanding meetings are open to the community at no charge. Our meetings offer a great opportunity for an inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange of information, questions, answers and new perspectives.

Our Objectives

• To share the reality and depth of the personal stories of our cultures.

• To promote understanding of each culture's history, contributions, special holidays and celebrations, religion, challenges (both historic and present,) current pressing issues and dreams for the future.

• To build intra-cultural friendships and alliances committed to reducing misconceptions, healing racism and uniting together to identify and change attitudes, structures and laws that perpetuate disparities.

Programs and Events

2014 BTCU Programs

Unless otherwise noted: All programs will be held at
First Congregational Church 145 Capital Ave., Battle Creek from 7p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

April 10, Thursday. “Teen Talk/Health Issues.” This program will feature a panel of youth representatives who have helped organize the program related to
teen pregnancies, STD's, depression and healthy self esteem, and a panel composed of health professionals and youth advocates. The goal of this exchange is to raise questions that will promote understanding of the issues and equip the audience and the youth with accurate knowledge to support healthy life choices. This program will be held at First Congregational Church, 145 N.E., Capital Ave. at 7 p.m. The community is invited free of charge. Please RSVP to j.lagrand@yahoo.com or call Nina La Grand at 269-964-4921.

The two following events, the Commemorative Air Force"RISE ABOVE" Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit and the Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m. W. K. Kellogg Auditorium Tuskegee Airmen program represent a joint organizing partnership of both Neighborhoods, Inc., of Battle Creek and Bridges to Cultural Understanding.

Tues., April 15 - Friday, April 25. The Commemorative Air Force Rise Above Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit


June 19 Thursday. “The Anatomy of A Stereotype.” An opportunity
to discuss stereotypes, the “whys “ and “affects” of them, and to prepare us
to know how to respectfully and assertively handle them. We'll do break out
sessions to experience "life like" scenarios and work in small groups to problem solve responses. Open to the community at no charge. Please RSVP to
bjshambach@aol.com.  or call 269-275-1818.

Video Links of Interest

A Girl Like Me
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves
Reza Aslan
Unity in Diversity

An internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, tells his own story of growing up as an Iranian-born emigre and explores the common narrative of what it means to be an American
One Drop Rule
"Insights and implications regarding the "One Drop Rule."
The Rev. Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute
Talks about assumptions that we might make when we meet another person?