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Strategic Plan for Kutsche Office of Local History

Mission

Giving voice to diverse communities through history

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

By 2021, we will be a go-to resource for faculty and FTLC re: best practices for intentional, impactful community based learning (CBL) opportunities that reflect ethical engagement with underrepresented and diverse communities. We will facilitate relationships between GVSU faculty, students, and community partners through the Community Collaboration Grants. We will model best practices for deep, sustained, mutually beneficial community-university engagement.

Baseline

In 2015-2016, our programming involved 11 community organizations.

Objective 1.C.2

By 2021 we will have worked with at least one community partner and/or on one project to enhance digital offerings (e.g. online primary source documents) and model online curriculum.

Baseline

In 2016, we developed plan to digitize two projects with University Libraries and Special Collections (Oceana County and Gi-gikinomaage-min)

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

By 2021, we will host at least one workshop per year for GVSU faculty and staff concerning strengthening and building their skillsets in the areas of oral history, ethics in community-based learning, and sustaining ethical, intentional partnerhsips/projects with diverse community partners. These workshops will focus on what it means to unearth and contribute to building knowledges regarding local history in the region.

Baseline

We currently do not have workshops aimed exclusively at GVSU faculty and staff.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

At least one program or project receives external recognition every 1-2 years.

Baseline

In 2015-2016, two programs received external media recognition.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
The Holland Sentinel featured an article (November 2016) regarding the second iteration of Nuestra Comunidad Hispana. The article highlighted the collection of additional oral histories from Hispanic residents. For more information: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/entertainmentlife/20161103/stories-of-hispanic-residents-to-be-collected-saturday

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