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

October 2022

Civic Learning Opportunities

Encourage your students to attend or enroll in these great civic learning opportunities available on campus. 
Civic Change Agent Undergraduate Badge

Civic Change Agent Undergraduate Badge: The civic change agent badge aims to inspire students to align democratic ideals and civic commitment with deep knowledge of context, history, and policy. It teaches students the values and practices required to sustain democracy through formal curricula, project learning, and co-curricular activities.
The Talking Together initiative, is a yearlong series of discussions and workshops aimed at interrupting polarization and investing in the principles of civil discourse and respectful conversation. The 9th Annual Civil Discourse Symposium will take place November 7-9, 2022.This three-day event will culminate with an interactive keynote address on Wednesday, November 9, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The 10th Annual Teach-In will be held on November 9-10,2022. The purpose of the Teach-In is for mutual education among students, faculty and staff and is intended to address topics related to inequality and systems of oppression, as well as social justice and liberation. The broad learning objectives of Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues are to raise awareness, inform, create dialogue, and motivate action. Proposals are due on Monday, October 10, 2022.

Michigan Elections

Michigan Election Needs You!

Michigan has a critical need for additional election workers, particularly in advance of mid-term or presidential elections in Michigan, when more workers are required. Administering elections is a team sport, and election inspectors are the Most Valuable Players, helping to ensure local communities in Michigan run smooth, secure and accessible elections. Go to for more information.

The Civic Learning Network

Grand Valley State University Civic Learning Network
The new GVSU Civic Learning Network is committed to creating new avenues for communication and collaboration among all stakeholders dedicated to providing civic education for GVSU students. 

We invite you to join the network and help us on our journey to create curricular opportunities for students, develop or assist with current initiatives on campus and promote the importance of civic learning as a key component of the GVSU educational experience.
We are interested in faculty and staff who are willing thier voice and perspective on our new Civic Learning Network blog

If you are interested in joining the network, please email at

Bring your partnerships to life!

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 are interested in bringing your partnership to life on the Laker Effect Map via a two minute video that captures the great work of the organization, how your partnership is making an impact and/or what others can do to get involved, please let us know at

To submit a new partnership/relationship to the Laker Effect Map


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Geography and Sustainable Planning Department, and Office for Sustainable Practices welcome you to the Fourth Annual Climate Change Education Solutions Summit, to be held virtually October 11-13, 2022 in partnership with Global Climate Change Week. Register here for the conference. 

Civic Engagement Showcase Returns

The Civic Engagement Showcase provides an opportunity for GVSU to recognize and celebrate the work of faculty, staff, students, and community partners in the development of mutually-beneficial partnerships and engaging the community in civic-minded work. We are excited to announce that the showcase will return in Spring 2023.  If you would like to know more or participate on the organizing committee please contact us at
GVSU Community Engagement Facebook

We are on Facebook!

We are taking a leap into joining the social media community. The page will disseminate information on various civic and community engagement works of faculty/staff and community partners. We want you to be a part of this community.  

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