- What opportunities are there to build relationships with development professionals and students from other schools?
- What meals are provided?
- What should I bring?
- If I'm a school professor or staff member, where do I stay?
- If I'm a representative from an organization, where do I stay?
- Where should I go when I arrive for the conference?
- What organizations will be there?
- How can I get there?
- Can I come to the conference if I live outside of North America?
- What kind of accommodations are made for people with disabilities?
- What is the refund policy for the conference?
- Can graduate students attend the conference?
- More questions?
What opportunities are there to build relationships with development professionals and students from other schools?
During lunch you can choose to sit at specific "Topic Tables" where you will join with other students and development professionals to discuss issues that are in your heart and to learn about what others are doing. This is a great time to build relationships between like-minded students from different schools as well as with development professionals who can mentor you and develop your thinking.
The breakout sessions are intentionally kept to small sizes for increased interaction between the presenter and students, so come ready to challenge and be challenged. The keynote speakers will each have a breakout session presentation during which they will take questions and elaborate on the ideas that they introduced during their plenary session.
There will also be display tables where you can find information about volunteer, internship, and career opportunities with specific organizations as well as talk with professionals who are working in the field.
What meals are provided?
Calvin College dining services will provide dinner on Thursday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know about them on your registration form.
What should I bring?
If you are staying with Calvin students, please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow, toiletries, towels, etc. Anyone staying in the dorms will want to be prepared to sleep on the floor. Be sure to bring plenty of warm layers as Michigan’s winter weather will be in full swing. Your favorite notebook will be put to good use, and a camera can help you capture special memories. The dress for the conference is casual, so there is no need to take up precious packing space with formal clothes.
You will also want some spending money to purchase items at the fair trade sale or books from the conference bookstore.
Facutly and staff members are responsible for their own lodging and receive a discount for staying at the Prince Conference Center or one of our other partner hotels. We find accommodations for your students. To make a reservation at the Prince Conference Center:
Call 616.526.7200 or 1.866.526.7200 and let the receptionist know you are part of the Faith and International Development Conference to receive the discounted room rate.
4155 28th Street SE (about 2.2 miles from campus)
Conference room price is $74.95 + tax per night for a room with 2 double beds or 1 king bed. Rate includes breakfast. Complimentary airport shuttle available. Conference room rate guaranteed until Friday, January 22, 2016. After that time, availability of rooms at the discounted rate is not guaranteed. Please call the Comfort Inn at 616-957-2080 and indicate you are attending the Calvin College FIDC to make your reservation and obtain the discount room rate. Please indicate when making your reservation if you require a shuttle to the hotel.
Ramada Plaza Grand Rapids, 3333 28th St. SE (about 1.9 miles from campus).
Conference room price is $75.00 + tax per night for a room with 2 double beds or 1 king bed. Rate includes breakfast. Complimentary airport shuttle available. Please call the Ramada Plaza at 616-949-9222 and indicate you are attending the Calvin College FIDC and have a group reservation under the name ‘JD Croft’ to make your reservation and obtain the discount room rate. Please indicate when making your reservation if you require a shuttle to the hotel.
If I'm a representative from an organization, where do I stay?
We recommend you stay at the Prince Conference Center, where there is a reduced conference rate of $109.00 plus tax, but you may stay at any hotel of your choice. The Prince Conference Center is located on campus and is easily accessible during the conference. It also provides a complimentary shuttle from the Grand Rapids airport to the hotel with advance notice. Please see above for contact information. There are also discounted rates available at the nearby Comfort Inn, information also above.
Where should I go when I arrive for the conference?
Registration will be at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC). If you are coming by car please temporarily park in the Spoelhof parking lot. At registration you will receive a parking permit valid for the DeVos lot east of the East Beltline. Please move your car to this lot after registering. A campus map is available at here.
What organizations will be there?
See our sponsorship page for information on what organizations will be at the FIDC.
How can I get there?
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is located in Grand Rapids and runs multiple flights to and from the major hubs of Chicago and Detroit daily. There are also bus and train terminals located in downtown Grand Rapids. If you need transportation from the airport/terminal to the college please contact the FIDC Committee and arrangements can be made.
Can I come to the conference if I live outside of North America?
We want to first say that we would love to have Christian university students from around the world attend. But we must also be realistic, and we doubt that the cost of overseas travel would be compensated by the value of the conference. If it should happen that you are in the United States for another reason, then it would make good sense for you to attend the conference, but overseas travel just to attend the conference would probably not be good stewardship. Because the conference is very low budget, there are no resources to support international travel or to provide any other financial incentives for attendance.
But here’s another idea. Why don’t you consider organizing a similar conference in your region of the world? The student organizers of Calvin’s conference will be happy to encourage you and to help you by telling you how we got the conference started here, who supports it, how it is organized, etc.
What kind of accommodations are made for people with disabilities?
If you have a disability, the Faith and International Development Conference would like to accommodate your needs as much as possible. To assist us, please contact the FIDC directors with your specific needs as soon as possible.
What is the refund policy for the conference?
Cancellations through January 23rd, 2016 will receive a full refund. Cancellations between January 24, 2016 and February 11, 2016 will receive a ½ refund if there is a legitimate reason for the cancellation. After the conference begins there is no guarantee of any refund; requests for refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.
Can graduate students attend the conference?
Yes, graduate students are welcome to come and participate in the conference. However, we are not able to offer free housing in the dorms to anyone over the age of 25. Although we may be able to help a limited number of people over 25 find lodging, the grad student may have to arrange their own lodging at their expense.
Email the FIDC Committee (FIDCdirectors@calvin.edu) for more specific information.