We are proud of our highly regarded community-engaged programs.

Through our community engagements, the College of Community and Public Service creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and empowers our community partners with quality research and data. Our accomplished faculty offers a wide range of expertise, including criminal justice, health administration, hospitality, human welfare, nonprofit management, public service, philanthropy, social justice, and tourism. Our Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy shapes usable knowledge for nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.

We call ourselves an engaged College because we take the skills and talents of our faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community. We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community.  - Dean George Grant, Jr.
August 2016, WGVU Morning Show


The Michigan Cares for Tourism project received the 2016 Governor's Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration

The Michigan Cares for Tourism project is a partnership among Grand Valley and Michigan tourism organizations that brings together Grand Valley students and industry professionals to help restore Michigan's historic attractions.

Donijo Robbins DeJonge chair of Kent County GOP

In January, Dr. Donijo Robbins Dejonge assumed the chairmanship of the Kent County Republican Party.

Dr. Stephen Borders on "Food For Thought"

On January 15, Dr. Stephen Borders discussed mapping, data visualization and food insecurity with Dr. Phillip Knight on the inaugural broadcast of "Food For Thought".

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GVNow News

Campus community to celebrate founders of Grand Valley

October 19, 2017

Nearly 60 years ago, 282 individuals came together to start the vision for Grand Valley.

Early assurance agreement signed with CMU College of Medicine

October 19, 2017

A new agreement gives premed students early assurance of admission to CMU's College of Medicine.

HTM students help restore historic sites in Roscommon

October 18, 2017

Michigan Cares for Tourism targeted two historic buildings at North Higgins Lake State Park.

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Laker Effect Challenge

November 30, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Laker Effect Challenge builds on the idea of collective impact of the GVSU community on individual students, faculty, staff, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. Lakers are driven by...

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