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Civic Engagement Showcase & Awards

The Civic Engagement Showcase provides a lively forum for exchanging ideas and engaging in conversation with a diverse array of community partners and Grand Valley faculty, staff, and students who are actively involved in community-based projects. During the Showcase, we will announce the winners of our annual awards. For more information about the Showcase and the Awards, see below.

Civic Engagement Showcase

The Civic Engagement Showcase provides an opportunity for the GVSU community to recognize and celebrate the work of faculty, staff, students, and community partners in developing mutually-beneficial partnerships and engaging the community in civic-minded work. This year, 56 teams—a combined total of more than 150 presenters—will be given approximately an hour to feature posters, videos, or other media to share their work and commitment to the larger community.

In additional to the traditional program, this year’s event will also kick off the implementation of a campus-wide Civic Action Plan. The Civic Action Plan is currently being developed in response to President Haas' signing of the Campus Compact President's Declaration, which included five action statements that call for preparing students for civic engagement, creating partnerships and contributing to the strength and health of local communities.

Students, faculty, staff, and community partners are all invited to participate. See the official Save-the-Date here

Event Details

          Thursday, April 13, 2017

          3-5 p.m.

          Devos Center, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

          401 W. Fulton St.

          Grand Rapids, MI 49504


In spring of 2015 the Office for Community Engagement--in partnership with the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, the Community Service Learning Center, the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Robert and May Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, Universities Libraries, and the Women's Center--hosted the first ever GVSU Partnership Showcase. Today, the Showcase has expanded from focusing on partnerships to also recognizing wider forms of civic engagement. Please watch the video below to see highlights of the 2015 Partnership Showcase. For more information on the community-based projects that were presented in 2015, please see the Partnership Showcase Booklet


During the Civic Engagement Showcase, we will announce the winners of our Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards. You will find the criteria and submission information for both awards below.

Award Criteria

Nominations for the Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Achievement of mutually beneficial environmental, social, educational, and/or economic outcomes
  • Relationships of reciprocity and full participation in which the community partner voice has been fully integrated into planning, implementation, and evaluation of the initiative
  • An asset-based approach that is responsive to community needs
  • A bold vision that challenges conventional wisdom
  • Sustainable collaboration that is iterative and ongoing
  • Student ownership and leadership—including planning, research, implementation, advocacy, and/or generating broader student interest in the project

Nominate a Partnership

The nomination form for the Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards is now closed. Please check back in Winter 2018 to nominate a partnership for the awards.

Previous Recipients

In 2016, we recognized three incredible partnerships. Click on the images below to learn more about the incredible work being done through these partners.

Emerging Award

Emerging Award

Distinguished Award

Distinguished Award

Emerging Award

Emerging Award

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