Congratulations to the Exercise Science and Biology Departments for their outstanding efforts in creating community-based experiences for their students. Both departments are part of the Engaged Department Initiative, a grant funded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to advance the institutionalization of community engaged teaching and learning into the departments curricula.
Each department received $5,000 dollars to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that will advance the integration of community-based teaching and learning into departmental curriculum and culture.
During the Fall semester, the Biology Department had nearly (250) students participate in community-based learning activities including (5) sections offering service learning and featured the Community Science Day serving over (400) community members. The Exercise Science Department had 90 students participate in community-based learning activities including (7) sections offering service learning in addition to (50) participants at the Feeding America Make A Difference Day event and the (13) participants at the Ride for Refuge fundraising event.
Both departments are excited for the new ways they are connecting students to the community. If you are interested in learning more about the Engaged Department Initiative please visit www.grcc.edu/engageddepartment or contact Michael Schavey, Director of Experiential Learning at 616-234-4180.