Laker Familia Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
The Laker Familia Orientation is a part of a year-round program designed to introduce new Latino/a students to GVSU's faculty, staff, and connect them to resources and services that will support their academic, cultural, and emotional well-being. The orientation facilitates meaningful interactions between Latino/a students and mentors with the goal of improving academic success, retention, and graduation.
All new students that identify as Latino/a or Hispanic and are registered to begin classes in the Fall semester are invited to the Laker Familia Orientation. Close family members and friends are also invited to the orientation kickoff and dinner.
No, students do not have to live on campus. Commuters are welcome to attend the kickoff dinner and all of the workshops. Free early move-in is available for students that live on campus. This is a great opportunity to beat traffic and receive help from GVSU faculty, staff, and student volunteers.
No, students do not need to speak Spanish. A lot of the students that have participated in past orientations are not bilingual.
What are some of the benefits of attending the LFO?
Students have a unique opportunity to make new friends, meet faculty and staff mentors, and learn about campus resources. Students that attend the LFO are also eligible for potential book scholarships, professional development trips later in the year, and an opportunity to engage with the West Michigan Latino/a community. Plus, moving in early gives students a head start to getting acquainted with the GVSU, Allendale, and Grand Rapids.
Do I have to attend all three days of the LFO?
Students are strongly encouraged to attend all three days of the orientation in order to take advantage of many of the Laker Familia benefits (trips, scholarships, etc.). Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
No. The Laker Familia Orientation is free. The program is supported by the Division of Inclusion and Equity along with many GVSU departments and community partners.
How does the LFO make a difference?
Students who participate in Laker Familia build stronger connections at GVSU, which helps them stay and graduate from GVSU. Example stories can be found here and here.
Where I can register to be a part of the orientation?
Student can register at www.gvsu.edu/oma/lfo or by calling Salvador Lopez at 616-331-3354