Conferences & Events

Throughout the year, the Office for Community Engagement hosts a number of events-ranging in size, scope, and focus-in order to facilitate learning and connection throughout the university and within our community. Additionally, we provide information on upcoming conferences related to the scholarship of engagement. This list is updated regularly as details or new events arise.

Community As Classroom
A series of colloquia with GVSU faculty members, staff members, and our community partners on community-based teaching, learning, and research.

Dialogue for Reciprocity
September 19, 2014
This session focused on quick and effective pedagogical techniques, in-and out-of-class activities, and larger-scale projects for preparing students to engage tension and explore the creative possibilities in difference.

Start With Why
October 17, 2014
This session explored questions and processes for the investigation and initiation stages of a partnership to ensure meaningful benefit for each participant.

Pairing Student Development with Community-Based Learning
November 21, 2014
At this session participants learned ways to design in-and out-of-class activities that align with student capabilities and developmental readiness.

Community-based Learning as Justice-oriented Education
January 16, 2015
This session discussed approaches to developing students’ understanding of identity, oppression, and root causes and to preventing “toxic charity.”

Partnership Showcase 
January 30, 2015
The Partnership Showcase allowed faculty, community partners, and students to engage with presenters about current community-based research projects. The event was an opportunity for participants to get an overview on how community engagement is initiated and carried out, while also gathering ideas for community projects that connect with their specific teaching and research interests.

Venderbush Leadership Lecture
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Come celebrate leadership! The Venderbush Leadership Lecture is designed to recognize extraordinary leadership. 
Since 1999, Grand Valley has honored the memory of Kenneth R. Venderbush through an ongoing series of leadership lectures. In addition to having the opportunity to listen to inspiring tales of leadership, this event offers the opportunity to acknowledge outstanding student leaders who contribute regularly to our community by bestowing the Immediate Impact Award to one exceptional student leader. New members of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary are also recognized.

Community-based Teaching in a Wicked World
Friday, March 20, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m.
Discover strategies for preparing students to confront dynamically complex, interdependent, high-stakes issues through an experiential, collaborative learning model.

Global Cities Conference 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 12-6 p.m.
Join 200+ enthusiastic high school and college students, 15+ GVSU departments and greater Grand Rapids community members, including Mayor Heartwell, in this collaborative event to explore and learn about urban planning practices and sustainable development initiatives from six premier global cities.

Making Synergy Count at GVSU
Friday, April 17, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn ways to structure your work to efficiently manage issues related to teaching, research, and the service portion of service learning. Listen to faculty members who are successful in creating teaching projects that translate into research and service.

Past Events