LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
Looking to expand your professional networks for social and career development? Join a Network Community! There are a number of communities available to you as a GVSU employee. These peer-led groups are for faculty and staff who are looking for support around a variety of shared personal interest and issues. View the Network Communities flyer.
Note: Participation in Network Communities should not interfere with regular work responsibilities.
For questions regarding the Communities of Support, please contact Elisa Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 331-2215.
A Parenting Network is where GVSU faculty and staff can connect over the shared experience of being a parent and/or caregiver. Visit the Parenting Network webpage for more information.
The Retiree Connection is a space for GVSU retirees to stay connected to each other after retirement. Visit gvsu.edu/retiree for more information.
A Community of Practice (CoP) 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.
For questions regarding the Communities of Practice, please contact Elisa Salazar at email@example.com or (616) 331-2215.
Current Communities of Practice include:
Young Professionals in Higher Education is designed to support and connect those who share the goal of developing a successful and satisfying career in higher education. Learn more at gvsu.edu/yphe.
The Grand Valley Lean In Circle meets monthly and is open to all faculty, 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. Learn more at leanin.org.
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.
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. Visit the Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups webpage for more information.
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. Visit gvsu.edu/interfaith for more information.