Common Good Coalition

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Bring renewal into every corner of society


A new opportunity for students who join Calvin in the fall of 2023.

In a hyper-partisan world, is it possible to work together toward the common good—or even agree what the common good is?

It is possible. But it takes people with commitment and conviction to lead the way. People like you.

As a member of the Common Good Coalition, you'll actively contribute to a better society well before you graduate from college. You'll research, listen, and act alongside your professors, peers, and community members, grounded in the Christian commitments to love God and neighbor. You'll get involved in real-world projects right here in Calvin's neighborhood. You'll even have opportunities to expand your learning and impact on off-campus spring break trips. On those trips, you'll see firsthand what obstacles stand in the way of healthier societies—and how community members are working to overcome them.

It's hard work, but it's good work. Do that work in the like-passioned cohort of the Common Good Collaborative as you grow into an agent of renewal in your communities.

Students who start at Calvin in the Fall 2023 semester may apply to join this cohort. Applications to join the Common Good Coalition will be open until December 15, 2022.

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What you’ll experience in this cohort

Diverse perspectives - Like other Calvin cohorts, the Common Good Coalition welcomes students from any major. That means you'll be working side-by-side with peers who have different perspectives, interests, and areas of expertise. Together, you'll be a living example of the kind of collaborative work that's needed to build more just and grace-filled communities.
Incredible mentors - Your professors won't just know you personally—they'll talk to you about your career goals and mentor you individually as you work out a plan to attain them. You're in this together.
Practical opportunities - You'll find all kinds of student organizations and community connections where great work is being done. You'll have the chance to get involved with, and maybe even lead, these efforts.
Tailored to you - Work with your professors to create a cohort experience that is custom-built to make the most of your unique interests and talents.

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  • How to Join the Common Good Coalition

    Step 1: Apply and be admitted to Calvin! The Calvin application opens August 1, 2022.

    Step 2: Once admitted, complete the Calvin Cohorts Application by December 15, 2022.

    Step 3: If invited, attend a Calvin Cohorts Preview & Interview Day in January or February.

    When you find a cohort that looks interesting, read the full page carefully for any special requirements or deadlines. You can apply to more than one cohort, but you can only participate in one cohort at a time.

    Note: Cohort applications will only be accepted for students starting at Calvin in the fall 2023 semester. If you’ll be starting at Calvin earlier, we would love to help you discover your other opportunities at Calvin. We invite you to plan a visit.

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