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The State of the University: Today and Looking Ahead

GVSU students, faculty, and staff were invited to join President Philomena V. Mantella and members of the Senior Leadership Team for a virtual address,The State of the University: Today and Looking Ahead. A celebration of our collective successes over the past year, new opportunities, and the path forward. 

The State of the University: Today and Looking Ahead  
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 10 to 10:45 a.m. 

Breakout Q&A Sessions
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 11 to 11:30 a.m. 
 

View State of the University Address Here


Reach Higher 2025

Reach Higher 2025 is Grand Valley’s inclusive and iterative approach to establishing a new strategy to propel the university forward over the next four years.

As we move forward in the RH2025 timeline, we are entering “Phase 3” of the process: drafting strategy for the institution. Our next huddles with faculty, staff, and students focus on those strategies: what priorities will GVSU choose to excel at, and how we will succeed in that effort. We invite you to participate in a conversation with fellow faculty and staff to share your insights, passion, and input. 

Learn more about Reach Higher 2025

Upcoming Huddles


Presidential Roundtables

CONSTITUTION, ELECTIONS, AND DEMOCRACY: PRESIDENTIAL ROUNDTABLE: ROBERT PUTNAM & SHAYLYN ROMNEY GARRETT

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

As political polarization and economic inequality deepen, increasingly corrosive public discourse tears at the social fabric of democracy. Across the country, Americans agree: we are living in troublesome times. The challenges we face today appear more daunting than ever before – but we’ve been here before. In their new book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett combine storytelling and statistical analysis to provide a sweeping overview of more than a century of history. Drawing on lessons from earlier eras, the authors show us the path to a society once again based on community. In the Presidential Roundtable series’ culminating installment, Putnam and Garrett joined President Philomena Mantella and her predecessors Arend Lubbers, Mark Murray, and Thomas Haas for a discussion that navigates how, as a collective society, we can restore faith in our institutions, our democracy, and ourselves.

View Recording Here

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CONSTITUTION, ELECTIONS, AND DEMOCRACY: PRESIDENTIAL ROUNDTABLE: ASTEAD HERNDON & LISA DESJARDINS

Monday, March 22, 2021

Free and fair elections, transparently reported, are the foundation of a healthy democracy. Yet in the United States, the proliferation of media has shifted our nation’s political, cultural, and social landscape – and not always for the better.  As the nation waited to see the results of two special election races which would determine partisan control of the U.S. Senate, the New York Times’s Astead Herndon – who has reported on Michigan politics – was on the ground covering Georgia as it embraced its newfound status as a battleground state. Days later, reporting from inside the Capitol on January 6, PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins saw first-hand the consequences of the attack on our nation’s most visible symbol of democracy. In the second installment of the Presidential Roundtable series, journalists Herndon and Desjardins joined Grand Valley State University’s President Philomena V. Mantella and her predecessors Arend Lubbers, Mark Murray, and Thomas Haas for a conversation that delved into the role the media play in the election process and how to restore public faith in elections, journalism, and democracy.

 

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Presidential Roundtables

CONSTITUTION, ELECTIONS, AND DEMOCRACY: PRESIDENTIAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH JEFFREY ROSEN

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

January 6, 2021, saw the first-ever assault on the United States Capitol, the seat and the iconic image of America’s representative democracy. Across the country, citizens continue to wonder how we, as a nation, can begin to heal the pain and wounds created that fateful afternoon. Grand Valley State University’s presidents, past and present, encourage us to explore these challenges together. By examining our most cherished institutions, we can learn from their history and apply lessons for our future. In the first installment of the Presidential Roundtable series Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, joins President Mantella and past Presidents Thomas Haas, Mark Murray, and Arend Lubbers for an event that probes our nation’s most revered document, the Constitution, and its impact on the events of January 6 and beyond.

 

View Recording Here