Civic engagement showcase

Partnering up

According to the American Psychological Association, civic engagement is “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.” This type of work being done in the Grand Rapids and Western Michigan communities by individuals and groups within Grand Valley State University has taken hold and spread like wildfire, so much so that Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to the “public purposes of higher education,” uses GVSU as a model for what a school is capable of doing in the civic realm.

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The search continues

Three new candidates have been selected to be considered for the provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. During the week of Monday, April 17, these candidates will interview on the Allendale Campus and will host a coffee reception on the Pew Campus.

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Refugee crisis lecture

Dissecting the refugee crisis

About five million people have fled Syria since civil war broke out between the Syrian government and its citizens in 2011. These Syrians fled to neighboring countries on foot, like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, looking for asylum. They are sometimes refused at the gate or placed in “refugee camps” where they face tough living conditions and are not allowed to leave until they are resettled.

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Jesse Bernal speaks to the crowd gathered inside of the Grand River Room in Kirkhof during the sexual assault townhall on Tuesday, April 5, 2017.

Public concern

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of the event schedule, Grand Valley State University student senate and the Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 4, to discuss upcoming events and update the community on recent strides made by the university and student organizations.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Dr. Simran Jeet Singh speaks to the crowd gathered at Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Challenging racial bias, violence

Balbir Singh Sodhi was a Sikh American and proud gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. There were 2,977 innocents killed that day, but it was only the beginning of a larger massacre on American soil that took place over the course of many years.

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GVL/Archive - Vice President for Inclusion and Equity Jesse Bernal reviews the results of the Campus Climate Survey Tuesday, March 22, 2016 inside of Grand Valley's Kirkhof Center.

Ready for action

Recommendations for improving the campus climate were discussed in an open forum in the Kirkhof Center Thursday, March 30, in response to the expanded findings of Grand Valley State University’s 2015 Campus Climate Survey.

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