Fireside Chats

Past Fireside Chats

Winter 2023

Byron White


Dr. Byron P. White, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement
University of North Carolina Charlotte

From Knowledge Generator to Knowledge Navigator: The Community-centric Future of Public Universities 


Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center 

White has spent his career facilitating mutually beneficial engagement between institutions and urban communities. He will lead a conversation on how public universities need to deepen their integration with local communities — including their embrace of a new student majority — to best ensure their sustainability against emerging challenges.

Fall 2022

Tia Brown McNair


Becoming a Student-ready University: Shifting Mindsets and Challenging Norms 

Tia Brown McNair, Ed.D.
Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Alumni House, Allendale Campus

McNair joined President Mantella and Provost Mili in an engaging discussion inspired by her newest book, Becoming a Student-ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, 2nd Edition. This session expanded upon Grand Valley’s Conference on Teaching and Learning that took place in August and focused on strategic leadership and actionable steps toward becoming an even more student-ready institution. The university commitments – an empowered educational experience, a culture of educational equity, and a lifetime of learning – was featured prominently in this important conversation. Learn more about McNair.

Winter 2022

Quentin Messer photo

Fireside Chat: Quentin Messer Jr. - The Renaissance of Michigan

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | Richard M. DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

As Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund, Quentin L. Messer Jr. is charged with implementing and executing Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) core mission of business development and attraction, community development, providing access to capital, and enhancing Michigan’s image and brand with a focus on building a strong and equitable economy. Messer joined President Mantella and Interim Provost Plouff to discuss transformational economic policy, educational investments, and opportunities for building a “Championship Economy” for Michigan. Paul Isely, professor of economics and associate dean in the Seidman College of Business, will facilitated Q&A.

Learn more about MEDC.

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Fireside Chat with three panelist photos; Jennifer Stewart, Robert Talbert, and Quincy Williams.

High-Impact Learning Panel

Our panel of GVSU faculty and staff experts share their thoughts on best-practice educational approaches and high-impact teaching/learning models. Panelists include Jennifer Stewart, Robert Talbert, and Quincy Williams.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Fall 2021

Dr. Aithan Shapira

Aithan Shapira

The Value Of The Unknown In Education: Unlocking Creativity 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Winter 2021

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Ideas About the Future of Learning


Tuesday, February 2, 2021


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Fall 2020

GVSU Fireside Chat: Jaime Casap


The Problem-Solving Generation
Former Chief Education Evangelist, Google

Monday, November 2, 2020

Fireside Chat: Jose Bowen


Tools for Nudging Student Success
Principal, Bowen Innovation Group LLC
Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fall 2019

Fireside Chat: A.C. Grayling


Philosopher and Author
Founder, New College of the Humanities, London, England
Supernumerary Fellow, St. Anne's College, Oxford, England

Friday, December 6, 2019

Fireside Chat: Susan Ambrose


Expert in college-level teaching and learning
Senior Vice Chancellor for Educational Innovation
Professor of Education and History 
Northeastern University

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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