Kristin Moretto returned to Michigan to become the director of the new Office for Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development, housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The office, in Lake Michigan Hall, provides oversight, support and leadership opportunities that link liberal education with professional skills and community-based teaching and learning. Moretto said immediate goals include creating community partnerships relevant to Brooks College programs and courses, and overseeing the Brooks College Innovation Lab, which is still under construction.
“My hope is that when students work with the office and are involved in our classes and programs they will be better able to articulate the significance and value of their experiences so they can be more successful both in the workforce and in life after college,”said Moretto, a native of Novi.
She earned a bachelor's degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in student affairs administration and doctorate in higher, adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University. Moretto was working for the University of South Florida as director of experiential learning for the College of Public Health; she also worked in the Service Learning office at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Moretto’s goal is to build relationships and partnerships with Grand Valley’s community to expand community engaged teaching and learning within Brooks College.
“My hope is that when students work with the office and are involved in our classes and programs they will be better able to the significance and value of their experiences so they can be more successful both in the workforce and in life after college,” Moretto said.
As a graduate student, Moretto directed MSU’s Student Food Bank and said she lent advice to the organizers of Grand Valley’s student food pantry, Replenish, when it was established.