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

What do we do?

As a PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES center, Hauenstein Center programming routinely welcomes authors, historians, and presidential scholars to our stage to share their research and works. Programs include discussions on presidential history, our democracy, and celebrations of national holidays like Constitution Day, Veterans Day, and Presidents’ Day.

Since 2004, the PETER C. COOK LEADERSHIP ACADEMY has instilled leadership excellence in a select group of undergraduate and graduate students across the institution. The program is co-curricular and cross-disciplinary, offering our student fellow candidates unique opportunities for reflection, engagement, and learning with and from a diverse cohort of their peers throughout the academic year. Candidates are admitted to the Cook Leadership Academy for one or more years. Each applicant must meet the criteria of high academic achievement, active involvement in the campus community, dedication to the public good, a passion to lead, and a commitment to personal growth.

The COMMON GROUND INITIATIVE is West Michigan’s premier forum for the promotion of civic engagement and intellectual curiosity on the issues facing our region, nation, and world. The Common Ground Event Series invites leaders and scholars to engage in dialogue across political and ideological divides and model the common ground approach for our community.


“Inspired by Ralph Hauenstein's life of leadership and service, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is dedicated to raising a community of ethical, effective leaders for the twenty-first century.”

The Hauenstein Center

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GVNext News Coverage

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Website to help voters sift through misinformation this election season

The new website, The People's Guide, was unveiled prior to the first of a series of scheduled debates between President Joe Biden and former president and presumed 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Jun 27, 2024

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Hauenstein Center to host annual conference for veterans

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies welcomes veterans, mental health advocates, counselors and caregivers to its annual Hidden Wounds of War Conference on May 23 at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

May 20, 2024

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Grand Valley, Hauenstein Center part of coalition to host debates this fall

A coalition of universities and civic and economic organizations aim to host a series of regional debates to help voters gain a deeper understanding on the policies and platforms from candidates seeking statewide office.

May 15, 2024

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