Welcome to the Affirmative Action Website

Grand Valley State University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action and multiculturalism both in spirit and according to related laws and regulations. As a part of our commitment, this web page provides information about the people and resources available to assist you. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions, concerns and ideas.

A GVSU Value: Diversity and Community

A range of thoughtful perspectives is necessary for open inquiry, liberal education and a healthy community. Recognizing this, we seek and welcome a diverse group of students, faculty and staff. We value a multiplicity of opinions and backgrounds and seek ways to incorporate the voices and experiences of all into our university. We value our local community and embrace the participation of individuals and groups from Michigan, the nation and the world. We also encourage participation in educational opportunities abroad. In order to foster a healthy and diverse environment, we will act with integrity, communicate respectfully and accept responsibility for our words and actions.

Grand Valley State University Strategic Goal:

To promote and integrate diversity in all aspects of university life.


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                                      Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Statement of Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university.

Unlawful acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited. In addition, even if not illegal, acts are prohibited if they harass or discriminate against any university community member(s) through inappropriate limitation of access to, or participation in, educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university activities on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or weight. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government, or addressing domestic partner benefits.