Student Opportunities

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Make your mark in West Michigan

Now accepting applications for our 2022-2023 Graduate Assistantship! Work with the Kutsche Office to develop concrete, meaningful experiences for K-12 students in West Michigan.

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Purpose: This position will help bring the history of underrepresented communities into West Michigan’s K-12 classrooms by researching, writing, and piloting at least two comprehensive lesson plans with associated curricular materials.


Logistics: 20 hours/week, August 2022-April 2023. $4,000 stipend. 18 credit hour tuition waiver. Most work can be done remotely, though this is best suited for someone located in West Michigan.


Qualifications: Graduate Assistants must be enrolled, active in coursework, and in good standing in a GVSU graduate program for the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year. Essential qualifications include some existing knowledge of K-12 curriculum development, a demonstrated ability to work well with diverse communities, strong historical research abilities, and the ability to work independently. Preference given to candidates with an interest in History, Social Studies, and related K-12 subject areas.


To apply: Email with a resume/CV, cover letter, and two references who can attest to the candidate’s fitness for a K-12 curriculum development position. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will contact applicants by email to set up interviews. If this listing is still live on our Student Opportunities website, the position is still open.

INT 100/201 Approved Programs

GVSU's Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department approves co-curricular programs for inclusion in INT 100 (Reflect, Connect, Engage) and INT 201 (Diversity in the U.S.) courses. The Kutsche Office maintains a playlist of our digital programs that have INT 100/201 approval and count as relevant co-curricular programs. These include:

  • Public Health & Public Trust with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha: Flint, MI pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and State Representative Rachel Hood discuss public health, environmental inequality, and the relationship between true democratic representation and healthy communities (Must be logged into a GVSU Blackboard account to view).


  • Deconstructing Confederate Monuments: Using Allendale, MI's Confederate soldier monument as a jumping-off point, scholars Dina Bailey, Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, and Kevin Levin examine how memorializing the Confederacy became so widespread, how Confederate memorialization contributes to racism and historic erasure, and where we can go from here.


  • Memories of Historic Woodland Park: Author Dianna Cross Toran shares the history and generations of stories from Newaygo county's Woodland Park, an historically Black family resort community.



  • Newcomer Legacy: A Vietnamese-American Story in West Michigan: Alan Headbloom (Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication) shares interviews with Vietnamese refugees, providing intimate glimpses into the lives of those who settled around Grand Rapids following the overthrow of South Vietnam and withdrawal of U.S. troops in 1975.


  • With Dignity & Respect: Returning Indigenous Remains in West Michigan: In 1990, many Indigenous Americans were laid to rest for the first time in centuries. Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), requiring museums, universities, and other institutions to return items that belonged to Indigenous Americans. J. Jay Sam (Director of Historic Preservation of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) and Dr. Janet G. Brashler (Retired Professor of Anthropology at Grand Valley State University) discuss their firsthand experiences with implementing NAGPRA in 1990s West Michigan.
Promotional brochure for "Douglas Dunes," part of the "Becoming a Home for All" webinar.
Then-Congressman and future President Gerald Ford aboard the Lowell Showboat, standing next to a blackface performer.


  • Solidarities: White Women and Women of Color's Activism to Secure the Vote: The Nineteenth Amendment ostensibly provided women the right to vote; yet, access to voting was not equal as Black, Indigenous, women of color remained disenfranchised. This presentation will place women's suffrage in conversation with the broader movement toward civil rights for Black, indigenous, people of color. Nationally-recognized scholars Liette Gidlow and Allison Lange join Sophia Brewer from the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council in exploring white women and Black, indigenous, women of color's efforts to secure the vote.


  • Lesser Known Women in West Michigan History: David M. McCord (Ionia County Historical Society), Brenda Nemetz (Lakeshore Museum Center), and Kristen Wildes (Ada Historical Society) highlight West Michigan women whose accomplishments might not be known outside of their communities, but who impacted an untold number of people as a result of their work in various industries. Recognizing their efforts reflects a commitment to preserve the stories of everyday Michiganders, and how women have leveraged their own abilities and interests to make change.


  • Grand Rapids Women & Their Work During the Great War: Katelyn Bosch VerMerris examines both the paid labor and volunteer contributions of women in Grand Rapids during World War I. Utilizing rich primary sources, this presentation dives into how women used the upheaval of war to achieve their own training and goals, while also providing essential contributions to organizing for the war at home and abroad.

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