Past Events

Conferences & Events

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 community-based events not sponsored by our office. This list is updated regularly as details or new events arise.

Past Events

Strategic Doing training, June 26, 2013
In this invitation-only training opportunity, participants from GVSU and throughout the community learned the philosophy and skills for Strategic Doing, a discipline focused on forming effective strategic collaborations to address community challenges, as they explored the potential for new collaborations and community impact.

To learn more about Strategic Doing, explore the links below:

Living Building Challenge, August 14, 2013 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
All are welcome to attend this lunch meeting at Integrated Architecture, 4090 Lake Drive SE. The lunch is hosted by Growing Grand Rapids, a new initiative led by Matthew VanSweden of Integrated Architecture and Brett Little of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. This initiative seeks to spread the philosophy inherent in the Living Building Challenge across higher education, local economies, and communities in addition to the built environments that supports them.
Growing Grand Rapids is currently working with Kendall, Calvin, Aquinas, and is seeking to gauge the interest of GVSU to develop a framework for an inter-institutional experiential learning collaborative that would serve the larger West Michigan region. This collaborative would provide space, programming, and community access to the higher education institutions that participate. Central to the initiative is the construction of the first Living Building in West Michigan and one of only four in the world, which would be the space in which students would engage their topics of study. Right now, this is merely a concept. The main objective of the meeting with faculty would be to determine the level of interest and the perceived next steps in the creation of this experiential learning cooperative.

14th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, October 8-9, 2013, Lubbock, TX

Registration is now open for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, which will be held on the campus of Texas Tech Univeristy in Lubbock, TX. We hope to have a number of GVSU faculty attend in the conference as a group. The five conference tracks available include Community Development and Regional Prosperity; Pre-K to 20 Education; Human Relations, Well-Being, and Health; Sustainable Environments and Natural Resources; and Global Engagement. More details are available here or visit the direct registration page.

Community as Classroom: GVSU/Fair Housing Center Partnership Showcase, Friday, January 10, 2014, Mary Idema Pew Library - Multipurpose Room (Atrium Level)

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Michigan Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute, February 2-4, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI.

The two-day conference, which was located on GVSU's Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids MI, allowed participants to choose from a wide range of workshops in five different blocks, in addition to inspirational and informational keynote presentations. This year's event also featured Michigan Campus Compact's 25th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony the evening of February 3. Find more information about this past event here.

SynergyWorks 2014, March 14, 2014, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Office for Community Engagement invites you to explore next steps for our university/community partnerships. Daniel Hall, Vice President for Community Engagement at the University of Louisville, will describe UofL's Signature Partnership, a university-wide initiative with West Louisville. Interactive workshops will feature strategies for collaborating across disciplines, systems, and sectors. For workshop descriptions click here. For the event program, click here.