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

2014-2015 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.



Thursday, September 25, 2014 “Leadership, Youth Self-Improvement: Code of Ethics”, Mr. Ted Nichols: Writer, Author, and Motivational Speaker will present a program entitled Leadership, Youth, and Self-Improvement. Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com

Thursday, November 13, 2014 “How to keep our Community Healthy based on good eating habits. “ A Panel of Health Educators, Doctors, will address some factors that will create a more Healthy Community for all. Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com

Thursday January 15, 2015 “Diversity in Education: From Students, and Teachers Perspectives: Scott Durham Social studies Teacher From Lakeview High School will be the presenter. Panel of Educators, and Students will discuss what it is taking place in Lakeview School District to promote diversity. Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com

Thursday February 12, 2015 “Civil Rights Movement, Boycotts, Freedom Riders”Presenter Nina LaGrand. To acknowledge and create awareness of this important part of our American History. The journey from the Civil Right Movement to where we are today. Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Movement began in Birmingham, Alabama. So where are we today? Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com

Thursday March 19, 2015 ….Program on the Advantages of Youth volunteering in the Community. The value you of youth input, the benefits of giving back to your community and the potential of this service leading to a career. Program to be organized by Adam Kingtson include a YAK panel form the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com

Thursday, April 16th, 2015….The hope and Potential of local Churches building positive alliances with diverse churches to bring about equal justice. Rev. William J Wyne, Pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, and Rev. Tom Ott Pastor of the First Congregational Church. Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com

Thursday, June 11, 2015 "Disability Language and Etiquette." Program by Michelle McGowan, Systems Advocacy/Community Education Program Manager for the Disability Network of Southwest Michigan. Arranged by Barb Shambach. Please RSVP to Jennifer LaGrand or Nina LaGrand 269-964-4921 or email j.lagrand@yahoo.com or ninalagrand@icloud.com



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?