Social Justice Service Learning

Activate is a collaboration between the Social Justice Centers and the Community Service Learning Center. Online modules use an intersectional lens to explore the components of civic engagement and are available to all students as either a stand-alone experience or a precursor to participation in Days of Service and Activate Ambassador opportunities.  

Online Modules

Activate online modules are available on Blackboard to help prepare students for civic engagement and understand the difference between volunteerism and engaging in meaningful, service-oriented, community-facing work.

Register for Blackboard Access

Days of Service

Activate Days of Service provides opportunities to engage with the community and has three essential features: pre-engagement education and discussion, service learning experience, and post-engagement reflection.

Blackboard access to view opportunities is provided following online module completion. Space is limited based on the needs of host site partners. Those interested are encouraged to signup early! Experiences are typically scheduled for Friday or Saturday mornings, and students are required to use provided transportation. Examples of host site partnerships:

  • Grand Rapids Red Project
  • HQ
  • GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project
  • Grand Rapids Pride Center
  • Kid’s Food Basket
  • Refugee Education Center
  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

Agency placements may be available on a limited bases. Students interested in an agency placement must attend an additional one-on-one meeting (after completing the online training) with a center representative to discuss interests, qualifications, and potential opportunities.

Activate Ambassadors

Using an intersectional lens, Activate Ambassadors serve as site leaders and peer educators. Ambassadors prepare their peers for civic engagement opportunities and provide structured opportunities for post-service reflection.

Interest Form


Activate is open to GVSU students.

It's up to you! You determine the Days of Service opportunities you want to sign up for and how much time you want to give. Some students may sign up for one event the entire year while others may commit to 5-10 hours a week. Most semester long opportunities are very flexible and will require a 1-2 hour commitment per week.

No, Activate is facilitated online through Blackboard. All Activate members are required to complete the online training before signing up for Days of Service opportunities. If you're interested in an agency placement, an additional one-on-one meeting is required. All Activate opportunities are posted online through Blackboard.

Yes! We work with professors in many majors to find Days of Service opportunities that will fulfill your classroom requirement.

Yes, all Days of Service volunteers are asked to log their hours through the GVSU Service Tracker.

Once you have registered and completed the online training, you are considered an Activate member for the duration of your time as a student. You will only be removed from the Activate Blackboard group if you graduate or ask to be removed.

Contact Marla Wick (she/her) at [email protected] with additional Activate questions. Contact the IT Service Desk at it or 616-331-2101 for technical Blackboard assistance.

Page last modified December 9, 2019