Civic Engagement at GVSU

Civic Engagement is “working to make a positive difference in the life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. Additionally, civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.” (adapted from Thomas Ehrlich, 2000)

The GVSU Community Service Learning Center values a cross-institutional, interdisciplinary approach to civic engagement. As a member of the GVSU Civic Engagement Collective, the CSLC partners in the advancement of civic engagement and democratic learning across the University. Specifically, the CSLC seeks to elevate co-curricular community engagement by creating strategic, intentional engagement programming and partnerships with key GVSU and community partners. The CSLC works in close collaboration with two specific strategic partners in this work on campus, in order to provide students, faculty and staff, and community partners with a holistic, cohesive approach to community engagement.

GVSU Civic Action Plan

GVSU is a signatory of the Campus Compact President's Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education, and as a result has created the GVSU Civic Action Plan.  Take a look to see the exciting work happening around civic engagement on campus.

Campus Partners in Civic Engagement

Office for Community Engagement

  • The Office for Community Engagement fosters partnerships through which direction, alignment, and commitment emerge. Our community and university collaborations cultivate mutually beneficial opportunities that employ assets, promote collective ownership and action, generate new knowledge, and resolve community challenges. Through these partnerships, we enhance our capacity to prepare students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.

Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center

  • Pew FTLC provides support for any faculty members who are interested in the development of community based teaching and learning in their courses through the use of:
    • Recommendations for resources that support pedagogically sound community based teaching and learning.
    • Participation in the Community as Classroom faculty learning community
    • Support for new teaching circles or faculty learning communities,
    • On demand workshops for departments or interested groups of faculty,
    • Individual consultations related to creation, maintenance, or evaluation of community based teaching and learning projects

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