The programs and opportunities offered through the CSLC enhance student learning and may be useful as faculty seek ways to complement the learning that occurs in the classroom. All of the CSLC programs and opportunities focus on civic responsibility, one of the essential learning outcomes from the Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) Liberal Education & America's Promise (LEAP). CSLC programs may include additional learning outcomes such as Foundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning, Integrative Learning, Critical Thinking, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence, or Ethical Reasoning. Please refer to the Co-Curricular Connections website for additional information.
Request a CSLC Presentation
Faculty, student organizations, campus departments and other groups may request a presentation about the Community Service Learning Center or a community engagement related topic. Presentations are typically conducted by a student staff member of the CSLC. Examples of presentation topics include: Introduction to the CSLC, Service Tracker overview, Engagement 101 and Maximizing Your Engagement Experience after GVSU. Presentations can be tailored to meet specific curricular requirements or faculty interests.
This series of interactive modules will offer faculty, staff and student organizations the opportunity to prepare their students for meaningful, respectful and productive community engagement experiences. Future modules will include topics such as: Professionalism, Intersectionality, Cultural Humility and others as requested. *Series currently under construction.*
Module I: Introduction to Civic Engagement at GVSU
Preview this module here: http://goo.gl/NHO5Ah
Download and install this module in Blackboard here: https://goo.gl/Sqs5fd
For instructions on how to install the module: Instructions
Module I: Introduction to Civic Engagement at GVSU Supplementary Resources
"Only Connect", by William Cronon http://www.williamcronon.net/writing/Cronon_Only_Connect.pdf Introduction to the purpose of liberal education and the relationship between education, responsibility and community.
"What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About Service", by Adam Davis http://www.results.org/uploads/files/Davis-WhatWeDontTalkAbout.pdf Discussion of the inherent inequality in the "service" relationship.
"The Active Citizen Continuum", Break Away http://www.alternativebreaks.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Active-Citizen-Continuum-2012-2.pdf
"What Do we Mean by Civic Engagement?" by Richard Adler and Judy Goggin http://jtd.sagepub.com/content/3/3/236.full.pdf+html Journal article providing overview of the concept and rationale for civic engagement in higher education.
At GVSU, we think about civic engagement as a "three-legged stool", supported by three aligned and collaborative major campus partners:
1. The Community Service Learning Center: focusing on co-curricular student civic engagement
2. The Office for Community Engagement (www.gvsu.edu/community) : focusing on curricular and scholarly engagement
3. The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (www.gvsu.edu/ftlc): focusing on providing pedagogical support to faculty doing community-based engaged learning.