* Civic Engagement * Volunteerism * Democratic Learning *


The GVSU Community Service Learning Center prepares students to become active global citizens and

challenges them to be committed to a life of community engagement and democratic participation.


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Make a Difference Day 2015


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*Featured Current Events Coverage*

The Wheelhouse Talks: Brian Flanagan

The Wheelhouse Talks: Brian Flanagan

Friday, February 12, 2016, 3:30-4:30 PM

Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Click Here to Register.

Brian Flanagan, a graduate of Notre Dame and GVSU, is the former associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and co-founder of the Cook Leadership Academy and its Wheelhouse Talks series.

For information, call (616) 331-2770.
Parking is available in the Seward Parking Ramp.

Eastown to Flint

Eastown to Flint

Eastown Community Association is hosting a water drive for the people of Flint during their ongoing water crisis.They are simply asking for cases of water bottles to be brought to one of the following locations:

Primary: Tony Martin at 1253 Thomas
Secondary: ECA Office at 415 Ethel

Prepare for the Winter 2016 Career Fair

Professional Pathways - Developing Laker Student Employees

In conjunction with GVSU Health Career Expo

Thursday, February 25, from 1:00pm-5:00pm

DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Career Fair is an excellent place to search for jobs, internships and clinical opportunities as well as network with organizations looking to hire Grand Valley students and alumni of all majors! Over 200 employers with THOUSANDS of immediate openings are expected to attend. 

Fire Chief Survey

The City of Grand Rapids urges you to complete this brief survey, providing your opinion of the attributes desired in the next Fire Chief. Click here to take the survey. The Fire Department highly values community input as it seeks to find the best candidate for the job. The survey is offered in both English and Spanish. 


DHHS provides list of steps being taken in Flint Water Crisis

Flint Water Crisis

See link to the article here.

Blandford's Up-and-Coming New Visitor's Center

Blandford Gets New Visitor Center

See link to the article here.

Why It's Important To Vote As A College Student


See link to article here.


*Featured Current Community Volunteer Opportunities*


Land Conservancy of West Michigan - Ecological Restoration at Lamberton Lake Fen

February 13, 2016; 9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the Land Conservancy of West Michigan with a volunteer project! The goal is to restore a rare wetland type by removing invasive glossy buckthorn that threatens wildlife habitat. Volunteers will work with Land Conservancy staff to help cut down the invasive shrub. Tools, work gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for cold-weather outdoor work. For more information, please contact Justin Heslinga at justin@naturenearby.org to register. Posted 1/19/2016

Location - On Bus route.

Eastown Community Foundation - Annual Meeting/ Pancake Breakfast

February 13, 2016 8am - 11am

Eastown Community Foundation is hosting their annual Member Pancake Breakfast Meeting at Calvin Church at 700 Ethel Ave in Grand Rapids. Eastown invites the entire community, residents and businesses, to join them for an all you can eat pancakes breakfast and raffle drawings. During the event, discussion on the organizations 2015 activities and 2016 goals will take place.  Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve the pancakes, as well as help with clean up. Volunteers are also needed to man sign up booths for our different committees. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marisa Sandahl at marisa@eastown.org or by calling 616-451-3025. Posted 1/15/2015.

Location - On Bus route. 

New City Neighbors- After School Tutor

New City Neighbors after school occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:00 PM and includes tutoring, homework help, clubs, and bible study. 10 Tutors/Homework Helpers are needed for 1 hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour a week of tutoring with an individual or small group of students in either a particular subject in which they need extra support, or to help them with staying on track with their homework. Please contact Alaina Dobkowski at alainad@newcityneighbors.org or 267-275-7252 for more information on this opportunity. Posted 9/16/2015. 


*Featured Current Community Events*


Republican Candidate John Kasich Speaking - College Republicans

Monday, February 15th, 9:45AM - 11AM

THERE IS AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY COMING SOON! John Kasich, current Governor of Ohio and Republican presidential candidate is coming to Grand Valley! Governor Kasich will be speaking at a town hall style public event in Pere Marquette (RM 2204) in the Kirkhof Center, and anyone from the Grand Valley community is welcome. The event is sponsored by the College Republicans and they would love to have you attend to hear what the Governor has to say! Please contact Mike Sullivan, Chair of College Republicans with questions at sullivge@mail.gvsu.edu.  Posted 2/9/2016.

Tuesday Table Talk at the Dominican Center: Interfaith Marriage

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The melting pot of America and the arrows of Cupid have brought about many “mixed marriages”. Love has reached across backyard fences, across cultural backgrounds, across faith traditions. Hear the stories of couples who worked through the difficulties to grow a faithful relationship.

Presenter: Panel of Speakers
Cost: $15.00 per session/$10 for university students
Info/Register for general admission: Click Here

Posted 1/19/2016

Diversity Lecture Series - Mass Incarceration and Justice in America

Wednesday, February 17, 7pm

Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE

Please join us as we celebrate 21 years of diverse voices at our Annual Diversity Lecture Series featuring Benjamin Todd Jealous, Civil and Human Rights Leader, former NAACP President, Venture Capitalist and Author, "Mass Incarceration and Justice in America". You don't want to miss this!

“Reforming the nations criminal justice systems is one of the most urgent civil right issues of our time. More African American men are entangled in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.” - Benjamin Todd Jealous. Posted 1/26/2016.


Change U

Change U

Change U is sponsored by the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. The CSLC highly recommends that students, faculty and staff attend this social justice training series as preparation for meaningful, respectful and productive community engagement.

Voter Registration at GVSU

Click here to register to vote online.


GVSU will host the State of Michigan Mobile Secretary of State unit on campus during Spring and Fall 2016. Come out and register to vote then!


Spring 2016 dates:

April 13-14 (9am-5pm) at the Translink.


Fall 2016 dates:





Student Consultation

CSLC staff can help students and student organizations to:


Faculty and Staff Consultation

CSLC staff can support faculty and staff with resources and presentations on