Elijah Anderson: Black in White Space

January 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Open Minds Book Club Winter 2022

January 27, 2022 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Graci Harkema: Authentic Leadership from Within

February 11, 2022 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindsay Chervinsky: Presidents' Day Celebration

February 23, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ralph's 110th Birthday Celebration

March 15, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Welcome to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

What do we do? We support Grand Valley students and their leadership development. We work to advance knowledge and build community in the following areas:

We are a PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES CENTER. Our special collection of works authored by American presidents has been called “a uniquely valuable resource” by the Library of Congress.  

We focus on LEADERSHIP in keeping with the vision of our founder and benefactor, COL Ralph W. Hauenstein, and his friendship with Peter C. Cook. Our primary mission is to foster ethical, effective leadership for the 21st century, and our Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is at the core of that charge. 

We strive to prepare a new generation of leaders to deal effectively with diverse ideas and cultures through our COMMON GROUND INITIATIVE, a program unique in higher education. All of our conferences and events are free and open to the public.


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Recent Past Events

GVNext News Coverage

headshots of, from left, Jamillah Ali-Joyce, Cheryl Brown Henderson, Elijah Anderson and Littisha Bates

Slate of speakers will reflect on legacy of King during commemoration week events

To commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Grand Valley will host four virtual or in-person presentations by speakers and a day of service.

Jan 11, 2022

Two veterans hug at the GVSU Veterans Breakfast.

GVSU honors veterans, announces new initiatives

Students, faculty and staff members who served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard were honored November 11 at the Eleventh Annual Veterans Day Breakfast, hosted by President Philomena V. Mantella.

Nov 11, 2021

Panelist debating during Hauenstein Center event

Panel debates tech, social media effects at Hauenstein Center event

Is Big Tech a big problem? Josh Hammer with the Internet Accountability Project and Carl Szabo with NetChoice debated technology and social media's effects on society.

Oct 22, 2021

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