C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement

Who we are and what we do

For the public good. It’s our mission.

The Marvin Center is here to help the BGSU community live out its mission to create positive change.

  • We connect you to volunteer opportunities through BGSUserves.
  • We empower you to become leaders of integrity by offering workshops, classes and special programs on leadership.
  • We encourage civic engagement through voting, service and our annual TedXBGSU event.
  • We help you feel that sense of belonging that comes with engaging in meaningful and productive experiences.

The Marvin Center also offers resources to BGSU faculty and staff and community partners who are interested in student leadership development and recruiting volunteers.

About the Marvin Center

Marvin Center students volunteer for MLK site

Create public good with us

bgsu students volunteer repaving


We can hook you up with volunteer opportunities, whether you can commit an hour or a day. We also can help your student organization recruit volunteers. It’s all done through our BGSUserves tool. You can even use the platform to record your service hours.

A guide to BGSUserves

bgsu marvin center sudents


Want to make a difference and have a lasting impact? Cultivate leadership skills. The Marvin Center empowers you to become a leader through conferences, workshops, classes, events and more.

Leadership development

bgsu students in a classroom


We offer presentations and workshops on topics from emotional intelligence to group development. We can come to your class, student organization or other group. Let us know what you need!

Explore and schedule workshops

The Marvin Center aspires to develop leaders who serve their communities.




volunteer hours in 2023


student participants in Marvin Center programming

Additional resources

BGSU Votes

The BGSU Votes team provides election information and works to increase voting participation and create a more politically engaged community. It is a nonpartisan, student-led initiative.

Civic engagement and leadership awards

The Marvin Center is proud to recognize leaders on campus who contribute to the public good. Learn more about the awards and how to nominate someone.

Pay It Forward Scholars Fund

This unique fund helps students with unexpected financial need. Recipients of the scholarship are asked to pay it forward when they graduate.


Students, faculty, staff and community members share ideas and inspire change in this local, independently organized event.


Upcoming events

Updated: 05/02/2024 08:32PM