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Professor Paul Wittenbraker leads session on the GVSU roots of civic engagement

The event happened September 18, 2018, 1:00pm, at the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.

The University and the FTLC welcomed back President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers to reflect with us on the GVSU roots of civic engagement. The conversation was followed by faculty-led breakout sessions highlighting exemplars of teaching for civic, global and inclusive learning.

Efforts to explore and reclaim a civic mission at GVSU have taken many forms in a variety of places across the GVSU campus. This event explored the roots of civic engagement at GVSU alongside faculty exemplars in civic learning, global learning and inclusion.Professor Paul Wittenbraker led a session entitled “Westside Scenarios: Creating new Imaginaries for a working understanding of Gentrification on the West Side of Grand Rapids” Professor Wittenbraker introduced scenario planning as a method of collaborative design by retracing the steps developed by Civic Studio for use with partners from the West Side Collaborative. Participants engaged the questions and performed the steps used in creating scenarios around the focal issue “Who thrives on the West Side?” The session concluded with a presentation of the resulting scenarios developed by Civic Studio and general dialog about the results.



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