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 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

(Program Change) - Thursday March 19, 2015 6:30-8:30pm ….Presented by The KCC Center for Diversity and Innovation in collaboration with Bridges to Cultural Understanding... Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the whitest of them all?  Have you ever heard of the term white privilege, but you’re unsure of what it is? Are you on a journey toward becoming an ally for people of color in your community? If so, join us to engage in an exploration on whiteness and white privilege with Debby Irving, the author of Waking up White. She will be speaking on her own personal journey to understand whiteness, white privilege, and racism. There will be time for questions and answers afterward. (more info) 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?