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

2015 BTCU Programs

Unless otherwise noted: All programs will be held at
First Congregational Church 145 Capital Ave. N.E., Battle Creek

BTCU and First United Methodist Church present:
The Dorothy Height Story: "My Walk to Freedom."
Thursday, Sept. 24th at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church 111 E. Michigan Ave., B.C.

Celebration Reception after the program....all are invited to meet for informal conversation with Dorothy and share the celebration of Bridges to Cultural Understanding for completing its 7th year of giving multicultural community programs.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 from 7 - 8:30 P.M.

1. Level II Disability Language. Intended to promote even greater understanding of Disability Issues, change paradigms, grasp the bigger picture, and help us connect in more meaningful ways as allies in the Disability social justice pathway to equity.

2. Spotlight on understanding how we can reduce stress and hurt in the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals we love, have as friends and work with on a daily basis. Information will be very helpful if you know someone personally who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Krista Nawrocki will be our keynote speaker. She has worked at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center since 2009 in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office as a Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter and the People with Disabilities Program Manager. She will be sharing front line knowledge of Disability issues, education and problem solving with us.

Krista, who is originally from Detroit, graduated with a BA in Sign Language Studies from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She advises on disability concerns, hiring Schedule A candidates, and teaches Deaf Culture and How to Use an Interpreter in the work force. She has also taught Sign Language classes to the community with her husband Dan, who is Hard of Hearing. They have a one year old daughter, Kira.


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?