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Faculty and Staff Resources

The Office for Community Engagement seeks to connect faculty and staff with the full spectrum of resources for community-based teaching, learning, and research that GVSU has to offer. Browse the links below to view a collection of internal and external resources for your community engagement work. If you have a specific question or request, contact Ruth Stegeman at stegemar@gvsu.edu


Designate a Community-Based Learning Course

In the spirit of partnership and reciprocity, faculty members from diverse disciplines have engaged their students in community projects and initiatives throughout West Michigan and beyond. Courses that incorporate community engagement into their work may be formally designated as Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses, which help prepare students for both careers and civic participation in a democratic society. Community partners may include nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, businesses, and industry.

To learn about having your course designated as CBL, please visit our CBL Designation page. 


Become an Engaged Department

The Engaged Department Initiative is a grant-funded initiative to support academic departments in the process of incorporating community-based learning across their curriculum. For more information, please see our Engaged Department Initiative page. 


Additional Resources

Conferences & Opportunities: Upcoming events aimed at fostering community-based conversation, building expertise, and making meaningful interdisciplinary connections

Tools for Community-Based Learning: Resources for developing or improving community-based learning courses

Research & Scholarship Resources: Resources for community-based research, scholarship, and publications

Partnership Development Resources: Resources for developing and sustaining effective and positive partnerships with community stakeholders

Risk Management: Resources for managing risk in community engagement work

Funding Opportunities: A running list of internal and external sources of funding to support community engagement work

Interdisciplinary Community-Based Teaching and Research: Click on the link to learn more about a study on interdisciplinary community engagement that was done by Purdue University

Anchor Institution Resources: Research on the principles and outcomes of the anchor institution model and tools for putting the model into practice

Other Resources: GVSU centers and services that offer community engagement opportunities and/or support