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Grand Valley recognized for dedication to civic learning

  • Students register to vote during Student Civic Assembly Week.

Posted on September 30, 2016

For the third year in a row, Grand Valley has been selected to become a member of a national initiative that is dedicated to promoting civic learning and democratic engagement.

The 2016-2017 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Lead Initiative is comprised of a network of 74 colleges and universities across the country. As a member of the initiative, Grand Valley will provide opportunities for students to participate in their communities and encourage appreciation of diversity and social responsibility. 

Marlene Kowalski-Braun, associate vice provost for Student Affairs and assistant vice president for Inclusion and Equity, said civic learning is strongly connected to the university's goal of providing a liberal education. 

"We want students to learn how to be active citizens, both during their time at Grand Valley and as alumni," said Kowalski-Braun. "We'll do this by facilitating and supporting efforts that are mutually beneficial, and by working with the community to solve public problems." 

Several departments on campus are working together to organize events throughout the year, including Student Civic Assembly Week led by the Community Service Learning Center September 26-30, which educates students about their responsibilities as citizens. Other efforts include a partnership showcase and the 5x5 Initiative, a collaboration between Grand Valley, Start Garden and the West Michigan community that rewards ideas, research and projects. 

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