Dr. Steve Grande is the Director of Civic Engagement in Mary Baldwin College’s Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. He oversees efforts to deepen students’ understanding of regional, national, and international social issues by fostering community service-learning initiatives, developing a civic engagement minor, initiating domestic and international community service trips, bolstering campus green initiatives, and strengthening the relationship between the college and the local community.
Dr. Grande has been actively involved in community initiatives related to the environment, poverty, and the arts. Recently he co-founded Staunton Green 2020, an organization dedicated to lowering local Greenhouse Gas Emissions and increasing renewable energy use.
Prior to coming to Mary Baldwin he created and oversaw a comprehensive and large-scale first-year and transfer learning experience as Director of Orientation at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Dr. Grande earned his Ph.D. in Student Affairs from the University of Maryland and has researched, published, and presented nationally on issues of race, racism, privilege, first-year students, Jewish college students, and service-learning. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on diversity, multiculturalism, leadership and service-learning. He has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Grande serves on the advisory board of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies in Pomona, CA, Walls of Hope community art school in El Salvador, the Staunton Augusta Art Center, and Staunton Salvation Army.
Dr. Grande has yet to develop a hobby, although he loves to listen to “This American Life” on NPR and take walks with his family to his favorite coffee shop in downtown Staunton, VA.