The Grand Valley-led REP4 Alliance , which seeks to center student voices in the future of higher education, was among the programs featured at the second annual Listen. Learn. Lead. State of the Student summit on October 30.
Organized by the Kent Intermediate School District, the event at the Eberhard Center on the Pew Downtown Campus focused on ways student voices and priorities can be elevated to the forefront of creating educational experiences.
REP4, which asks students to use design thinking to envision the future of higher education, took center stage during a portion of the program along with other GVSU programs like Project Grand Path that seek to empower students to shape their futures.
Grand Valley President Philomena V. Mantella spoke to the group of students and educators from across Kent County, highlighting several ways the university is working to provide more equity, access and opportunity in higher education.
“Grand Valley is working toward that shared commitment to meeting student needs,” Mantella said. “The ‘how’ of that in my mind is to enable the student voice. You’ve all been talking about that today: listening carefully; really understanding our students. But the ‘why’ behind that is the higher level of individual success students will have when their voice is empowered; when they have agency for their own learning.”