Community Engagement

The College of Community and Public Service is committed to creating partnerships that bring together university knowledge and talents with those of the public and private sectors. These partnerships enrich scholarship and research, enhance curricular content and process, prepare citizen scholars, endorse democratic values and civic responsibility, and, most importantly, address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good.

Community engagement activities also provide many learning opportunities for students, and through active participation in these activities students can build skills for their future careers and meet local leaders in the public and private sectors. Participation in service learning fits within this framework, but internships and assistantships provide even more in depth experiences.

Community members have many opportunities to connect with our college through work directly with faculty members and students, trainings at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, working with the Office of Community Engagement, and sitting next to our leaders at community tables. Our faculty members, staff members, and students want to connect directly with you to collaborate and innovate for our communities.

Public serving institutions can connect with energized students, participate in faculty research, attend workshops and trainings, or access our community information system to enhance their work. The college is committed to collaborating with public serving institutions of all kinds, in order to build vibrant communities together.

Expanding Community Engagement

Grand Valley has long been engaged with community partners, many through individuals or discipline-specific ties. In addition, students across campus are encouraged to engage in service-learning activities both in classroom and extracurricular contexts.

As CCPS, and GVSU as a whole seeks, to elevate community engagement to solve social and community problems as a core part of our mission and vision, a higher premium will be placed on the creation of interdisciplinary, inter-professional, and inter-sectorial project teams of faculty and staff experts and more in-depth integrated learning experiences for students. We know that the need for such approaches derives from the complexity of the social issues to be addressed.  For more information, please access the Community Standards for Service Learning Guide and Making Civic Learning Routine Across the Disciplines Guide.


Office for Community Engagement

johnson center

Partnership Iniatitives