Upcoming GVSU & Community Partner Events

When: Thursday, January 20 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Loosemore Auditorium

What: Powerful stereotypes of “the ghetto,” long-entrenched in generations of Americans’ psyche, continue to permeate. Today, routine activities, like birdwatching in Central Park or jogging in a Brunswick neighborhood, elicit jarring and sometimes even fatal responses that involve police and citizens. With increased attention from the national media on these incidents, we must ask ourselves, “what about these events stands out, and why?” For Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology at Yale, the answer couldn’t be more evident. 

In what Publishers Weekly calls a “penetrating ethnographic study,” Anderson’s new book, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life, argues that “symbolic racism” connects people of color to crime and poverty in the American psyche, regardless of social status or economic position. The Hauenstein Center, together with Grand Valley State University’s Division of Equity and Inclusion, is proud to welcome Anderson to the stage during Grand Valley’s week of events in commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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When: Saturday, January 22 from 8:00am to 3:15pm

Where: Allendale Campus and Community Partner sites

What: The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is part of a national day of service where campuses across America gather together to serve and stand in solidarity with their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event is coordinated by the Community Service Learning Center in collaboration with the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee. The goal of the event is to educate participants about the Civil Rights movement, as well as inspire them to engage in their communities by listening, learning, and advocating for social change on campus and beyond.

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When: Friday, February 15 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Loosemore Auditorium

What: Leadership is not a destination. Instead, it is a process of continually learning and reflecting on where we've been and envisioning how we can make the world more how we'd like it to be. Leadership development can also be a deeply personal process. Graci Harkema will be the first to tell you that. As the owner of Graci LLC, an international diversity, equity & inclusion consulting firm, she is committed to helping clients build equitable and inclusive work environments where employees are empowered to perform to their potential as their true selves.

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When: Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Eberhard Center Room 215

What: The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse will host a hybrid symposium (in-person and virtual) which is open to the public on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Eberhard Center. This year they will focus on healing and bridging divides. Dr. Terri Givens will join as the keynote speaker for the Annual Civil Discourse Symposium,  Bridging Divides: Encouraging Dialogue with Radical Empathy. There are many social, cultural, and political divides that often make it difficult to talk with one another. This year’s symposium will focus on bridging these divides through a concept and a process Dr. Givens calls “radical empathy.” She will share her personal story of living with the impact and consequences of racism as a way to help us better understand how practicing radical empathy toward each other can help us to dialogue across difference, and, from there, create meaningful social change. 

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Recurring Events

When:  Occur monthly and are scheduled on Wednesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


  • Wednesday, January 26 - Making Change Through Activism
  • Wednesday, February 16 - Making Change Through Philanthropy
  • Wednesday, March 30 - Making Change Through Shared Governance

Where: Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-Purpose Room (LIB 030)

What: This series of co-curricular lectures, panel discussions and workshops focuses on the idea and practice of democracy. We welcome faculty, staff, students and community partners to present. Possible topics may include: student activism, how to run for office, the history of social movements, democratic values, the idea of commons, student civic development, the role of media in a democracy, how to organize for social change, and more! Each session will have a presentation component that focuses on education about the topic and how it impacts not only our community, but communities across the country. The second half will hold space for a student led Dialogue about the topic.   LIB 100/201 approved.  

Democracy 101 Information

When:  First Friday of each month during the academic year

Where: Online via Zoom

What: The Health Forum of West Michigan is hosted by GVSU's College of Health Professions, Kirkhof College of Nursing, and Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC) and is scheduled on the first Friday of each month during the academic year.  The forums are coordinated under the collaborative leadership of our community partners with sponsorship provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Health Forum Information

When: Varies

Where: Online

What: Campus Compact’s National Webinar series returns for 2021-2022 with more to support and inspire you. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune to each session for information, tools, and resources to help you in your work.

Campus Compact National Webinar Series Information

When: Conversations of Color happen monthly and are scheduled on Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. 


  • Wednesday, September 22
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Wednesday, November 17

Where: 1240 Kirkhoff

What: Conversations of Color are open and honest discussions about race, popular culture, identity, and current events. The goals of this ongoing series include:

  • To provide a space to hold difficult and challenging dialogue 
  • Provide context and clarity to issues happening in the world around us
  • To assist students in understanding the complex issues of identity and how they affect us as individuals and a campus community 

The discussions are expertly facilitated and ground rules set the stage for inclusive, fruitful and impactful discussions.

The one-hour conversation includes:

  • Introduction of Facilitator 
  • Establish ground rules to create a "safe space" for dialogue
  • Shared information and context of topic
  • Prompt questions from facilitator to start dialogue
  • Shared learning among peers

Come join the conversation!

Conversations of Color Information


When: March 29-31, 2022

Where: Virtual

What: Compact22 is the largest and most inclusive national conference focused on the role of higher education in building healthy communities and fostering a just and equal democracy. Sessions explore topics such as civic engagement, community-engaged research, civic- and service-learning, institutional change, university-community partnerships, and more. Compact22 provides resources, professional development, networking opportunities, and inspiration to community engagement professionals, engaged faculty, community partners, student civic leaders, and campus senior leaders to help them create the positive change we seek.

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