Communities of Support

These peer-led groups are for faculty and staff who looking for support around a variety of shared personal interest and issues.
Note: Participation in communities of support should not interfere with regular work responsibilities.

Parenting Network

Parenting network

A community of support where GVSU faculty and staff can connect over the shared experience of being a parent and/or caregiver.

Retiree Connection

Retiree Connection

A space for GVSU retirees to stay connected to each other after retirement.

Pet Network

Pet Network

A fun and casual space for pet parents to connect and share tips and resources for pet ownership in our community. See a list of topics, dates, and register at

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How do I join a group?
Simply register on Sprout. Each facilitator manages a listserv. To get on a listserv, email with the subject line naming the group you are interested in.

How do I start my own Community of Support?
If you are interested in facilitating a community of support, work life would love to hear from you. Please email with the subject line: COS.

Are there other opportunities to connect with others?
GVSU offers multiple opportunities throughout campus to engage with colleagues across campus.

Communities of Practice

A community of practice is a group of individuals from all GVSU employee groups who share and implement the best practices in a particular topic area. There are student organizations across campus to support engagement in various mindfulness practices. In addition, the Community Service and Learning Center organizes the annual Make a Difference Day, a national day of service that encourages students to volunteer in their community.

Current Communities of Practice include:

Young Professionals in Higher Education

Young Professionals in Higher Education

This group is designed to support and connect those who share the goal of developing a successful and satisfying career in higher education.

Lean In Circle

Lean In Circle

Grand Valley Lean In Circle meets monthly and is open to all faculty and staff and community members. Based on the book by Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In Circles are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together and discuss topics related to career success. Attendees show up authentically and promote dialogue about issues and opportunities related to helping all women reach their full potential. Meetings are held once a month on Fridays at either the Pew or Allendale campuses, beginning at 1 p.m. and run for 90 minutes. 

Positive Organizations

The mission of Positive Organizations (PO), a GVSU Community of Practice is to offer unique and enriching opportunities that inspire and support employees in their quest to thrive at Grand Valley State University. The group is open to all GVSU employees and offers opportunities to explore, share and develop ideas and best practices that produce a work environment where individuals thrive and the organization exceeds expectations.

For more information contact Kelley Monterusso.
Registration for upcoming events is available via Sprout.

More information on the groups can be found here.

Other Opportunities to Connect

Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups

Affiniity Groups

The Division of Inclusion and Equity, in partnership with the Human Resources Office, is proud to support our employee affinity groups. These groups host meaningful events, engage in mentoring, and foster community among our underrepresented and diverse faculty, staff, and student populations.

Interfaith Affinity Groups

Interfaith Affinity Groups

These interfaith affinity groups provide safe and engaging spaces for you to meet people of different faith traditions or worldview while enjoying some of your favorite activities. Click on one of the groups below to begin the fun adventure of making some new friends!