CWGE SOCIAL JUSTICE ENGAGEMENT LEADERS

CWGE Social Justice Engagement Leaders

The Social Justice Engagement Leaders program builds a connection to students who want to further the mission of the Center for Women and Gender Equity as well as their own leadership and engagement. 

The Center for Women and Gender Equity Social Justice Engagement Leaders program educates and energizes student leaders who are passionate about social justice, activism, and community engagement. 

We are looking to connect with different social justice backgrounds, and diverse, underrepresented backgrounds— whether you are new to volunteering in your community, or have years of activist experience.  Our biweekly meetings will be themed around topics that you and your peers are passionate about.

Community Engagement Days 

Social Justice Engagement Leaders provides opportunities to engage with the community and think through the complexity of activism and justice.  

The CWGE sees the local, state and global community as valued partners in providing educational opportunities for our learners.  Much as we engage with cross-divisional stakeholders we connect with diverse community partners.  

Social Justice Engagement Leaders can expect to take part in days of community engagement.  

Program Sequencing 

The Social Justice Engagement Leaders program utilizes course sequencing to provide a pre-engagement education component, a reciprocal service learning experience, and post-engagement reflection. 


Students are a valued and important part of the Grand Valley State University Center for Women and Gender Equity. Therefore, the Social Justice Engagement Leaders program was created to build a connection to students who want to further the mission of the Center for Women and Gender Equity as well as their own leadership.

The Center for Women and Gender Equity Social Justice Engagement Leader program offers students who are interested in exploring leadership through service, activism, and discussion. The Social Justice Engagement Leader program is based on a Feminist Leadership for Social Change curriculum with the goal of empowering leaders through activism and community engagement!

Days of Service

Activate Days of Service provides opportunities to engage with the community and has three essential features: pre-engagement education and discussion, service learning experience, and post-engagement reflection.

Blackboard access to view opportunities is provided following online module completion. Space is limited based on the needs of host site partners. Those interested are encouraged to signup early! Experiences are typically scheduled for Friday or Saturday mornings, and students are required to use provided transportation. Examples of host site partnerships:

  • Grand Rapids Red Project
  • HQ
  • GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project
  • Grand Rapids Pride Center
  • Kid’s Food Basket
  • Refugee Education Center
  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

Agency placements may be available on a limited bases. Students interested in an agency placement must attend an additional one-on-one meeting (after completing the online training) with a center representative to discuss interests, qualifications, and potential opportunities.


Learning outcomes for students involved in the Social Justice Engagement Leaders program

  • Explore various types of trauma-informed, intersectional, feminist leadership styles
  • Engage in leadership through presenting to the campus community about the Center for Women and Gender Equity and gender-related issues, including but not limited to women of color, immigration, religion, masculinities, etc.
  • Empower others to get involved in their communities
  • Create social change through civic engagement and student-designed community service projects and initiatives
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings during the fall and winter semesters, actively participating in discussions
  • Present to classes/student groups when available
  • Participate in tabling on behalf of the Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • Regularly post CWGE communication outlets
  • Develop and present a session at Leadership Summit and/or GVSU Teach-In on a topic relevant to feminist leadership

Social Justice Engagement Leaders make a year-long commitment to the program. The CWGE Social Justice Engagement curriculum includes relevant reading and presentations from community experts on topics related to leadership, gender equity, and social justice. Leaders will meet for about 90 minutes every other week during the fall and winter semesters. They are also asked to co-lead at least one CWGE event (Talkback Tuesday, Feminist Film Friday, etc.) per semester and have the opportunity to represent the Center for Women and Gender Equity at various campus events.

 

If you are interested in serving as a CWGE Social Justice Engagement Leader, please email the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity at cwge@gvsu.edu.

Please contact Jessica Jennrich (jennricj@gvsu.edu) to receive an application