Student Opportunities

Work-Study Opportunity: Teaching West Michigan Histories Research Assistant

This opening is for current, eligible work-study students only.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact or 616-331-8099 with questions.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to


The Kutsche Office of Local History is hiring an additional part-time Teaching West Michigan Histories Research Assistant to contribute to an ongoing project.

The Research Assistant will help make the local history of under-represented populations in West Michigan more accessible to K-12 educators. This position requires interest or skills related to:

  • Identifying existing professional development, lesson plans and other resources for teaching under-represented West Michigan histories
  • Identifying, editing and digitizing primary sources on under-represented West Michigan histories for classroom use
  • Identifying and summarizing the historical literature about research topics related to West Michigan histories
  • The preparation of materials for K-12 classroom use 


This position is a great opportunity for students interested in history/social studies education, curriculum development, local/Michigan history, public history, the history of African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American or LGBTQIA+ people, or digital humanities.

The Research Assistant is expected to work 10-15 hours per week at $14.74/hour. Much of this work will be self-directed, while other aspects may require collaboration with another Research Assistant. Access to a personal computer and a regular internet connection is required. This position is only open to GVSU students currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours and with eligible work-study status. Students working remotely must work from MI, IL, NC, or AZ.

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.
  • Black Tourism in West Michigan: Dani Willcutt (GVSU class of 2010) explores how race has shaped travel and leisure in the Great Lakes State. 
  • The Lowell Showboat: Blackface Minstrels & Community Identity in Lowell, MI: GVSU professors of history Matthew Daley and Scott Stabler trace the history of Lowell, MI's popular blackface minstrel showboat performances, which lasted from 1932-1977. There are shorter excerpts from this video available, including reflecting on Jim Crow and the popularity of Showboats, what is Lost Cause mythology, the history of the Ku Klux Klan in West Michigan, and racial dynamics in twentieth-century West Michigan.
  • 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.