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Community Partner Resources

The Grand Valley State University Office for Community Engagement believes in cultivating and sustaining mutually-beneficial and impactful relationships with community partners. Mutual responsibility and empowerment are key qualities of successful engagement partnerships. The information included in this section is designed to help community partners get the most out of teaching, research, and service partnerships with Grand Valley.

There are many things to consider when collaborating on projects. We hope that the information below provides you with a foundation to get started with your partnership. If you have any questions about building mutually beneficial partnerships, contact Ruth Stegeman at

Getting involved with GVSU

There are different options to consider when choosing to work with Grand Valley State University students and faculty. There are opportunities for students to help your organization with short-term or long-term projects. 

  • Short-term projects - Students collaborating with your organization for a one-day-only event, or working on a project that wouldn't necessarily require any previous meetings or communication.
    • Examples: park clean up, food service, working a booth at a fair, etc.
  • Long-term projects - Students working with your organization and a faculty member on a semester or year-long project that often requires consistent communication with individuals involved, and multiple meetings to plan and develop projects.
    • Examples: students helping your organization with various projects regularly as part of a GVSU course, projects that would require a semester or year-long commitment from individuals involved, projects that put learning outcomes into practice, etc.

Something to consider

One of the most important pieces of any partnership is reciprocity. Your organization, and the other participants should each benefit from the collaboration. Click here for more information on roles within a partnership.