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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.

Local Opportunities


Morning Colloquia Series

From 10:00-11:30am on Friday, October 14, Patty Stow Bolea, Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, will be presenting on Course Design for Community-Based Learning. This is the second meeting of this semester's Colloquia Series supported by several engaged offices and departments at GVSU.

For full details, click here.



5x5 is a collaboration between GVSU, Start Garden and the west Michigan community designed to publicly RECOGNIZE,RESOURCE, and REWARD innovative ideas, research, or engagement projects between GVSU and the surrounding community. Visit to submit your idea (please do not submit before September 26) or to vote for the top five entries. The five selected will have five minutes to pitch their idea to five judges in a chance to take home the prize money!  All GVSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as community partners, are invited to submit. Submissions open on September 26.

Click here to learn more about Grand Valley's competition night and past winner . 


Partners in Change

Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) will be hosting their fall conference, "Partners in Change!" on November 3 and 4 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fairlane Center. This year's convening will blend two of MiCC's signature events, the Active Leaders Student Conference and Civic Engagement Institute, facilitating a dynamic exchange of energy, ideas and knowledge. The conference will feature a diverse set of workshop sessions, innovative and outstanding keynote speakers, and valuable deep learning opportunities.

For more information and to register, please visit Michigan Campus Compact's website.


National Opportunities


Visioning the Future of Engaged Scholarship, Omaha, Nebraska

On October 11 and 12, the Engagement Scholarship Consortium is hosting their annual conference. This conference features many speakers and opportunities to learn more about the scholarship and practice of engagement both locally and globally. Register (before September 30 to avoid an extra $30) at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium's website.

Click here to register and learn more about this year's schedule.


Charting the Future of Metropolitan Universities, Washington, D.C.

On October 23 through 25, the Coalition and Urban and Metropolitan Universities will be holding their annual conference. This year's theme, Charting the Future of Metropolitan Universities, is designed to generate dialogue that examines the biggest challenges and opportunities facing our institutions and cities. A robust exchange of ideas will help attendees to examine how they can transform their institutions to meet the needs of their community and students. 

Click here to see a schedule of events and to register.