Community Service Learning Center


The Community Service Learning Center prepares students to become active, global citizens who are committed to a life of community engagement and democratic participation.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

 -Margaret Mead


Active Citizen Continuum

The Community Service Learning Center empowers students to become active, global citizens. As students grow and learn, they move through the "Active Citizen Continuum", a model for civic development. We recognize and celebrate civic learning as a lifelong process. Start your journey to becoming an active citizen today with the CSLC.

 

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The first step in the active citizen continuum. "Member, not concerned with their role in social problems."

The second step in the active citizen continuum. "Volunteer, well-intentioned but not well-educated about social issues."

The third step in the active citizen continuum. "Conscientious Citizen, concerned with discovering root causes; asks why?"

The final step in the active citizen continuum. "Active Citizen, community becomes a priority in values and life choices."


Recognition

NASPA 2019 CLDE Knowledge Community Collaborative Program Award

2019 NASPA Civic Learning Democratic

Engagement Collaborative Program Award 

Voter Friendly Campus: We Empower Students to Engage with Democracy

NASPA 2019 gold Excellence Award for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

2019 NASPA Gold Excellence Award

GVSU Votes! 


Upcoming Events

Drop In & Give Back!

August 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Welcome to a new year Lakers!! There is no time like NOW to learn about some of the community engagement opportunities in West Michigan! Take the time to drop in Holton-Hooker Multipurpose Room and...

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

September 12, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This event is a great opportunity for you to connect with various agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area. Over 50 agencies offering volunteer and/or internship opportunities will be present! Resumes...

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan Blood Drive

September 18, 2019 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Grand Valley State University has developed partnerships with American Red Cross and Michigan Blood, newly named Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, to host blood drives at GVSU campus...

Democracy 101: PFAS in Michigan

September 18, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join State Senator Winnie Brinks, State Representative Rachel Hood, and GVSU Professor Dr. Rick Rediske in a panel discussion on the emergence of PFAS and the dangers it poses to Michigan water, as...

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan Blood Drive

September 19, 2019 11:30 AM - 5:30 AM

Grand Valley State University has developed partnerships with American Red Cross and Michigan Blood, newly named Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, to host blood drives at GVSU campus...

Beach Clean Up

September 21, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Join us on this day of service to clean up one of our beautiful Michigan beaches in Grand Haven. Transportation and lunch provided! 

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The Community Service Learning Center is a part of the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.