Find out what's happening this winter at GVSU.
Find out what's happening this winter at GVSU.
Grand Valley State University
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What's Happening in Community Engagement

December 2021

The Civic Learning Network

Grand Valley State University Civic Learning Network
The new GVSU Civic Learning Network is focused on creating a community of collaborative faculty, staff and students dedicated to strengthening civic education at GVSU and beyond. We invite you to check out the new website for more information and we encourage you to keep coming back for new developments, events and resources,

The Laker Effect Map

Laker Effect Map

Thank you for placing your relationships and partnerships on the Laker Effect Map. The connections you have established in the greater community are highly valued at GVSU and highly valuable to the future success of the students we serve.

If you have a partnership on the map that no longer exists, please respond directly to this email to request the removal of your name with the organization listed. If you notice that any information associated with your partnership(s) needs to be corrected or updated, please respond to this email. 

If you have developed new relationships or partnerships over the course of the past year but just haven’t made the time to add them to the map yet, now is your chance. Just click this link or the button below to access the form. 
The Laker Effect Map is a continuously developing tool for GVSU faculty and staff seeking to engage with our many community partners – especially for the benefit of our students. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or offer any suggestions on the use or development of this important resource. Reply to this email or reach out to
Submit a Partnership

GVSU Earns Voter Engagement Award

Gold Seal for for nonpartisan voter participation (70-80% voter rate) from the All In Campus Democracy Challenge
Grand Valley received the All In Campus Democracy Challenge 2021 Best Action Plan Award for Michigan Collegiate Voting Challenge - 4-year Institution, along with a Gold Seal for nonpartisan voter participation (70-80% voter rate). Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck was recognized as one of two Standout Local Election Officials, nationally, for his work in partnership with GVSU.
Please visit the Community Service Learning Center website (under “Democratic Engagement”) for more information about GVSU voter engagement work to date.

Submit Your Nominations for 

The Newman Civic Fellowship

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Grand Valley State University and Campus Compact are pleased to request your nominations for The Newman Civic Fellowship.
This is a one-year fellowship experience for community-committed students from Campus Compact member institutions that supports students’ personal, professional, and civic development.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Campus Compact founder Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who:
  • Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
  • Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement
The nominee must have at least one year of their education remaining (either at their current institution or at a different one) such that they will be enrolled in higher education for the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year.
Please submit your nominations through the link below by Friday, January 14, 2022. 
Nominate a Student

Upcoming Events

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MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is part of a national day of service where campuses across America gather together to serve and stand in solidarity with their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event is coordinated by the Community Service Learning Center in collaboration with the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee. The goal of the event is to educate participants about the Civil Rights movement, as well as inspire them to engage in their communities by listening, learning, and advocating for social change on campus and beyond.
To register for this event, please visit the Community Service Learning Center website
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