Two Grand Valley students who had critical roles in the early stages of REP4, the recently announced national alliance of six institutions that engages students as co-designers of solutions to higher education's challenges with equity and access, are inspired by the initiative.
Dionne Pinto-Guerra and Julian Sanders served as mentors for the learner summit held on the Allendale Campus in June 2020 that seeded the initial concept for REP4.
Their involvement has been crucial to the development of the initiative, where students are the co-designers of the education prototypes for actionable solutions to improve outcomes and remove barriers. The best ideas will be scaled nationwide through the alliance to maximize impact.
GVSU is REP4's convener and organizer. The other five founding institutions are Amarillo College, Boise State University, Fort Valley State University, San José State University and Shippensburg University. In total, the founders serve more than 100,000 students.
Pinto-Guerra and Sanders share the stories of their involvement below.