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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.

Community-Based Learning Morning Colloquia Series


The Morning Colloquia Series provides opportunities for faculty and staff to learn about and discuss a variety of topics related to community-based teaching and research. Each Workshop takes place on a Friday from 10-11:30am in the Bicycle Factory, room 340. Please make sure to register in advance through Sprout. View the original advertisement here

The Series is sponsored by The College of Community and Public Service, The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, The Division of Inclusion and Equity, The Office for Community Engagement, and The Community Service Learning Center.


Developing and Sustaining Partnerships

Friday, February 24

Julie Guevera, Social Work
Micheal Sciarini, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Kurt Reppart, The Other Way Ministries
Russell Rhoads, Anthropology

What are best practices for recruiting mutually beneficial community partnerships? And, once established, how might we foster partnerships into long-term, sustainable and mutually reciprocal relationships? How should we address consistent barriers to sustaining community partnerships? Participants will hear from Grand Valley faculty and long-term community partners with first-hand experience navigating both challenges: developing and sustaining effective and equitable community partnerships – local to global.


Evaluating Community Based Learning What is Success?

Friday, March 31

Melissa Baker-Boosamra, Student Life Community Service Learning Center
Danielle Lake, Engaged Department Research
TBA, Community Partner
Megan Steenwyk, Undergraduate Student

When employing community-based learning, how do we know when we are being effective? What is success and how do we measure it? Is your measure of success the same as your students’ and the community partner? This colloquium will highlight best practices, tools, and resources for measuring success from the standpoint of the professor, the student and the community partner.


Preparing for Community Based Research and Scholarship at GVSU

Friday, April 7

Steve Glass, Exercise Science
Debbie Lown, Biomedical Sciences

Working with community partners to help solve problems often involves data collection, surveys, and interviews. When is community-based learning “research” and when is HRRC approval needed? How do you work with HRRC in the short 14 week confines of the semester course? How can your data be used in reporting to the partner, disciplinary peers, the community, and to broader audiences? This colloquium will provide insight into the HRRC process for community based learning courses and with experiences shared by faculty doing community based research in the classroom.

Civic Engagement Showcase


Thursday, April 13

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. Presenters will be given approximately an hour to feature posters, videos, or other media to share their work and commitment to the larger community.

To learn more about the Showcase, click here.