School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Student Organizations


Graduate students are encouraged to join one or more of the following organizations recognized by Student Life. To join, go to OrgSync and register.

Healthcare Professionals Graduate Student Alliance (HPGSA)

HPGSA's purpose is to provide networking opportunities for graduate students while collaborating with industry experts to learn about the emerging trends in healthcare.

ICMA Graduate Student Chapter

The goals of the ICMA Graduate Student Chapter are to introduce and integrate students into local government and the management profession and familiarize students with ICMA members, resources, and policies in order to inform and accelerate their careers.

Nonprofit Professionals Graduate Student Organization

The purpose of the Nonprofit Professionals Graduate Student Organization is to provide networking opportunities for graduate students while collaborating with industry experts to learn about the emerging trends in the nonprofit sector.

CCPS - International Student Group

The purpose of this organization is to promote intercultural activities and global awareness between all graduate students, specifically in the College of Community and Public Service, share best practices and development of international organizations.

Our undergraduate student organizations are in transition. The following organizations will be active or forming in the near future.



Activating Student Kindness (ASK) is a student organization created for the purpose of building on the foundation of service, management, learning, and sustainability. ASK is a student-driven collaborative that aims to make positive impacts within our communities, and to increase our marketability for the work force. ASK offers opportunities to grow through service learning trips, experience in fundraising, engage and practice in presentations, increase marketability, and networking with fellow students/community events. There are scholarship and graduate collaboration opportunities available with sufficient funds.

  • Officers:
    • President: Madelaine Clapp
    • VP of Sustainability: Kevin Peterson
    • VP of Service Learning: Samantha Shields
    • VP of Learning: Paula Kirwin
  • Faculty Adviser: Diane Kimoto
  • Social media:

Student Emergency Response Team

Student volunteers who make up this team will be trained in incident command structures, light search and rescue, and other school and community safety issues, along with earning their Red Cross Certification in first aid.

Paul Bonis, President, Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital speaking about the importance of communication to HPGSA.

Grand Rapids City Manager Gregory  Sundstrom (center) and GVSU President Thomas Hass (right) at first ICMA mixer 16-Sept-13.Rosetta Thurman (center) with officers of the Nonprofit Professionals Graduate Student Organization, following Thurman's 14-Oct-13 meet-and-greet with SPNHA students, faculty, and alumni.

MHA student Kyaw Zin Win introducing the film "Burma VJ" at Loosmore Auditorium on 26-Oct-13.


Jana Wallace (far right), debt and authority officer for the city of Grand Rapids, and Eric DeLong, deputy city manager for Grand Rapids, chat with students after the 7-Oct-13 economic development workshop.



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