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
Friday, September 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
Discover 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
Friday, October 17, 10-11:30 a.m.
Explore 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
Friday, November 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn ways to design in- and out-of-class activities that align with student capabilities and developmental readiness.

Community-based Learning as Justice-oriented Education
Friday, January 16, 10-11:30 a.m.
Explore approaches to developing students' understanding of identity, oppression, and root causes and to preventing "toxic charity."

Partnership Showcase 
Friday, January 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join us for poster presentations and brief talks highlighting community-based teaching and research. Invite community partners and gather ideas for community projects that connect with specific teaching and research interests.

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

Assessing Community-based Learning Outcomes
Friday, March 20, 10-11:30 a.m.
Explore tools for measuring student and community partner perceptions of the value, quality, and impact of courses that include community-based learning.

Making Synergy Count at GVSU
Friday, April 17, 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