Conferences & Opportunities

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.

Local Opportunities

Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues Teach-In Thursday January 21, 2016, Kirkhof Center (Allendale), Devos Center (Pew Campus)

The third annual Teach-in is intended for the purpose of mutual education among students, faculty and staff of the GVSU community and intended to address topics related to inequality and systems of oppression, as well as social justice and liberation.  Recognizing the multi-faceted dimensions of these topics, this Teach-in will be a daylong event. The learning objectives of Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues are to raise awareness, inform, create dialogue, and document suggestions for action.

In an effort to involve as many students, faculty and staff as possible, we will be hosting concurrent 75-minute sessions from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm throughout the day that align with the Thursday class schedule.  Please keep in mind that a teach-in is practical, participatory and action oriented. We especially encourage contributions with an intersectional framework (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability). Sessions should include student leaders as co-presenters or panelists. We welcome collaborative faculty/student/staff/community sessions that involve educational frameworks for opening dialogues, workshops, and engaged pedagogies.

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National Opportunities

IMPACT Conference February 18-21, 2016, Amherst, Massachusetts

The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. Building on the rich 30-year tradition of the COOL Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts.


Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference March 21-23, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 

Campus Compact Celebrates 30 Years of Educating Citizens and Building Communities. Our anniversary events focus on the theme of accelerating the pace of change in creating opportunities for community-based education, collaboration around common goals, and institutional commitments.


2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting June 2-4, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana

We continue the tradition of meetings that facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.

The ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to increase the breadth and depth of the civic learning and engagement work that we are all committed to across our institutions—both public and private. All three organizations are dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from our colleges and universities prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations on our individual campuses and across our initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal.


Past Events