Invisible Walls: Ethnic Boundaries Within the City of Grand Rapids (In-Person)

Transformative Program

Monday 09/12/2022
6:30pm - 8:30pm EST

Gather with us in person on September 12 for Invisible Walls: Ethnic Boundaries Within the City of Grand Rapids.

It's said that birds of a feather flocked together. But is that true? And if it is true, is it healthy for the environment?

As you look around your circles — family, neighborhood, faith community, work environment — do you only see people who look like you?

Using Grand Rapids as an example, Professor Dillon Carr, assistant professor of anthropology at Grand Rapids Community College, will explore the racial and ethnic boundaries that wall us in. He will help us discover an ethic of care to foster healthy communities through intentional movement across these subconscious boundaries. With the wisdom and experience of anthropology, we can find ways to free ourselves from our invisible walls so we can create connections.

For the Invisible Walls program, we will gather in person at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.

Map for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College | Grand Rapids, MI

Cost: $25/ 40% off for high school and college students (use coupon code STUDENT at check out)


Dominican Center Marwood continues to monitor and adjust our pandemic response to gatherings. If you have personal health concerns, please request seating at tables specifically designated for social distancing and masking.


Dr. Dillon Carr

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Grand Rapids Community College

Dr. Dillon Carr is an associate professor of anthropology at Grand Rapids Community College where he also serves as department head for social sciences. His graduate work in anthropology focused on better understanding human and environmental interactions in the archaeological record of North America. More specifically, Professor Carr’s research examines how the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region adapted to the large-scale climatic changes occurring at the end of the last ice age. Research into this area is important as it provides a unique historical record to better understand strategies employed by human populations as they perceive and respond to rapid environmental change.

Since coming to Grand Rapids Community College in 2011, Professor Carr has also used anthropological methods, theory, and scholarship to engage in a public anthropology of Grand Rapids as part of the social science department’s annual Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference. This work reflects a strong conviction that community college faculty’s role is to serve our students and the broader community. This work has explored how the historical landscape of Grand Rapids silences non-white histories, the role of social boundaries in maintaining structural inequalities within the city, and the impact of policing and city budgetary priorities within the greater Grand Rapids area.

In Person Program


We will gather in person for Invisible Walls at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, 1700 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI. Directions and parking information can be found here.

Questions? Contact Dominican Center via phone at 616.514.3325 or by emailing



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