We are proud of our highly regarded community-engaged programs.

Through our community engagements, the College of Community and Public Service creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and empowers our community partners with quality research and data. Our accomplished faculty offers a wide range of expertise, including criminal justice, health administration, hospitality, human welfare, nonprofit management, public service, philanthropy, social justice, and tourism. Our Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy shapes usable knowledge for nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.

We call ourselves an engaged College because we take the skills and talents of our faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community. We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community.  - Dean George Grant, Jr.
August 2016, WGVU Morning Show


Dr. Stephen Borders on "Food For Thought"

On January 15, Dr. Stephen Borders discussed mapping, data visualization and food insecurity with Dr. Phillip Knight on the inaugural broadcast of "Food For Thought".

Associate Dean Stansbie Goes to China

Dr. Stansbie attended the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) Conference in Hangzhou, China.

Jessica MacVane, '16

Jessica talks about her two passions: mentoring and working with at-risk teens.

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GVNow News

Raising nearly $1.3 billion since inception, giving circles effectively engage all types of donors, new study finds

November 21, 2017

A report on charitable giving has found that collective giving is growing diversity in philanthropy.

Faculty-produced documentary on philanthropy now available

November 17, 2017

A documentary on philanthropy that was produced by a Grand Valley faculty member is now available.

Alumna named Teacher of the Year for excellence in art education

November 13, 2017

Tricia Erickson, '05, received the award from the Michigan Art Education Association in November.

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Laker Effect Challenge

November 30, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Laker Effect Challenge builds on the idea of collective impact of the GVSU community on individual students, faculty, staff, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. Lakers are driven by...

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