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Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife. - John Dewey
Pioneering educational philosopher John Dewey believed that democracy is what takes place in the everyday relations and interactions of our lives - not just in the halls of Congress or in the voting booth. 
Democracy counts on all of us to get involved, dig in to public issues, get to know our neighbors, see ourselves as a part of a larger whole and to play our part in making and remaking democracy, every day.
There's plenty of work to be done.
Let's get to work, together!
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Meet the 2020-21 Team!

The Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) and the Campus Democratic Engagement Coalition (CDEC) would like to introduce our AMAZING team for 2020-21! 
Reach out and connect with our team at or via social media!
  • Giavonna Ward, Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement
  • Grace McMahon, Lead Civic Engagement Associate
  • Carson McCready, Civic Engagement Associate
  • Emily Goggins, Civic Engagement Associate
  • Sam Jacobs, Democracy Fellow
  • Kayla Sosa, Democracy Fellow
  • Jocelyn Medina, Democracy Fellow
Photo of Giavonna Ward Photo of Grace McMahon Photo of Carson McCready
Photo of Emily Goggins Photo of Sam Jacobs Photo of Kayla Sosa
Photo of Jocelyn Medina
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WMEAC Mayors' Grand River Cleanup from 9/12-9/19

17th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup

Help to clean up the Grand River as a part of this annual event! Deadline to register is 9/16. 
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1 donation can potentially save up to 3 lives

On-Campus Versiti Blood Drives

One donation can save up to three lives! 
Upcoming drives:
Wednesday, 9/16 from 10 am - 4 pm
Monday, 9/28 from 10 am - 4 pm
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Run for Student Senate!

Run for GVSU Student Senate

Do you care about our campus community and want to make a difference?
Run for GVSU Student Senate! All candidates must file by Friday, September 11.
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Campus Democratic Engagement Coalition

Interested in elevating student voices and increasing student democratic engagement at GVSU? Consider joining the CDEC! Join us on September 14 from 3-4:30 p.m.
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Democracy 101

Democracy 101: Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Voting Rights

Join us on Wednesday, September 16 from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom for the Democracy 101 kick-off session: "1920-2020: Celebrating 100 years of Women's Voting Rights".
We are very excited to welcome some very special guests for this session!
  • GVSU President Philomena Mantella
  • MI Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
  • GVSU Student Senate Vice President of Diversity Affairs Alexandra Murarescu
  • Dr. Nora Salas, GVSU History Department
  • Ms. Jo Ellyn Clarey, Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council
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#CouchParty Virtual Text Banking To Turn Out The Vote

Host a #CouchParty: Encourage Your Friends To Vote!

Host a couch party to engage students in voting from home! It's easy, fun - and you can help to mobilize young people to vote this fall. Attend one of these two upcoming trainings to learn more!

Register for September 15 from 2-3 p.m.
Register for October 7 from 2-3 p.m.
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Be an MVP. Serve your democracy.

Become an Election Worker

Election workers are the Most Valuable Players of our democracy, ensuring free and fair elections for all. And right now our democracy needs election workers more than ever. Serving as an election worker is a paid position, and all election workers are trained on proper protocols. 
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Tea Time: Candid conversations about current events and ways to get involved in your community

Tea Time with the CSLC

Tune in on Thursdays at 7 p.m. during our Instragram Live (gv_cslc) to hear us spill the tea! Check out the topic for our next conversation, below!
Join us at 7 p.m. on September 17: "Dialogue: Listening to Learn and Understand"
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