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Laker Familia

Bienvenidos Laker Familia!

Welcome to Grand Valley State University and to the Laker Familia!  Laker Familia is an orientation program specifically designed to introduce new Latino students to GVSU's faculty, staff, and connect you to resources and services that will support your academic, cultural, and emotional well-being.  Laker Familia promotes and facilitates meaningful interactions between Latino/a students and mentors with the goal of improving academic success, retention, and graduation. 

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As a Laker Familia participant, you will have an opportunity to become involved with the GVSU Latino/a community while strengthening the Latino presence on campus.  The three-day orientation program will offer various workshops for students to learn about developing good study habits, professor expectations, as well as culturally-focused topics. You will also have opportunities to participate in year-round programming through various educational and professional development events and outings in both the fall and winter semesters. 

Laker Familia Orientation Program

Sunday, August 21st

Day 1 Activities

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Move-in for those living on campus (we have arranged this early arrival time for your convenience)

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Laker Familia welcome, keynote & dinner for parents/students/guardians

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Good bye/Despedida (parents/guardians depart)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Student "Getting to Know You" session

Monday, August 22nd 

Day 2 Activities


9:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Student engagement activities (includes meals)


Tuesday, August 23rd

Day 3 Activities


9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Student engagement activities (includes meals)


Laker Familia Registration:

Laker Familia Registration

Ready to join the Laker Familia?  Register now! 
Please let us know if you (and your parents/guardians) will participate by Friday, July 15th.  Space is limited!
Upon receiving your registration, we will send you additional detailed information regarding the program.

We look forward to the opportunity to greet and meet you at the GVSU Laker Familia Orientation!


Laker Famillia, 2014