Track Events 2017-2018

Approved TRACKS Events 2017-2018

Be sure to REGISTER at each event you attend and COMPLETE your Reflective Document to get credit towards completion of TRACKS. 

November KNOW Events

Name of Event

Date and Time



Laker Familia Lunch Discussions

Laker Familia Lunch Discussions are open discussion spaces for students to talk with each other about topics of their choosing.

The group will meet weekly and focus on topics impacting Latina/o, Hispanic and Chicana/o students related to personal, academic and professional matters. Students are welcome to drop in! 

Latrece McDaniel or Nicholas Debernardi 
University Counseling Center
(616) 331-3266 

11.7, 11.14, 11.21, 11.28

(every Tuesday starting 9.26 continues till 12.5.17)


Kirkhof Center rm 0073

TRACK: Global and Diverse Perspectives (T4)


Gary “Litefoot” Davis, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a successful entrepreneur, will discuss how to empower yourself and your community. His inspirational messages are rooted in traditional values which he proudly proclaims have helped him achieve many accomplishments in his own life.

CONTACT: Office of Multicultural Affairs at or 616-331-2177.



Kirkhof Center rm 2250 Grand River Room

TRACK: Global and Diverse Perspectives (T4)

TEACH-IN: Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues

LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

For full topic schedule visit:

The Teach-in is intended for the purpose of mutual education among students, faculty and staff of the GVSU community and intended to address topics related to inequality and systems of oppression, as well as social justice and liberation.  Recognizing the multi-faceted dimensions of these topics, this Teach-in will be a daylong event. The learning objectives of Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues are to raise awareness, inform, create dialogue, and document suggestions for action.  

In an effort to involve as many students, faculty and staff as possible, we will be hosting concurrent 75-minute sessions that align with the Thursday class schedule.  Please keep in mind that a teach-in is practical, participatory and action oriented. We especially encourage contributions with an intersectional framework (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability). Sessions should include student leaders as co-presenters or panelists. We welcome collaborative faculty/student/staff/community sessions that involve educational frameworks for opening dialogues, workshops, and engaged pedagogies.


8:00am- 9:00pm

DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

TRACK: Global and Diverse Perspectives (T4)

November DO Activities

Name of Event

Date and Time




Do you identify as a leader? If so, do you believe that you are using your strengths to their fullest potential in your different roles? If you are interested in finding out what your greatest assets are as a leader and how to apply those assets in bettering yourself and your organizations, please consider attending LEAD, just one installment of the three-part StrengthsQuest® Series. The event is absolutely free, and a wonderful opportunity to grow and develop as a student leader. RSVP for this event here.



Kirkhof Center

TRACK: Leadership, Ethics, & Integrity (T3)

Seidman Financial Literacy Series - Retirement Planning

This Seidman Financial Literacy Series event focuses on comfortably planning for your future and retirement.

Lead by GVSU Benefits Manager, Tara Bivens, this event is constructed to help students understand what retirement is and gather insight and tools to make educated decisions.



Forum L. William Seidman Center

TRACK: Communication & Professional Skills (T1)

Navigating the Politics of Workplace Topics

A role-playing/interactive session where students will have the opportunity to practice verbally navigating various topics that come up in the workplace; learning how to either participate in the conversations respectfully (non-offensive) or develop techniques on how to gracefully bow out of them.

Explore subjects such as: politics, same sex, gender/women differentiation, religion, multi-generational (age biases), race and cultural differences, salary/benefit information and social media postings.

Facilitated by Marybeth Atwell, a veteran Clinical Psychotherapist, and our own Michael DeWilde, Director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative and Professor of Philosophy.



Seidman rm 2005

TRACK: Leadership, Ethics and Integrity (T3)

Fast-TRACK Approved


Know your top 5 signature strengths? Learn how to incorporate them into your career plan - whether using them to narrow down a career path or including them on a resume or in an interview. Hosted and facilitated in partnership with the Career Center, WORK will help you capitalize on your strengths as you prepare for internships and jobs. The event is absolutely free, and a wonderful opportunity to grow and develop professionally. RSVP for this event here.




Kirkhof Center

TRACK: Leadership, Ethics and Integrity (T3)

Starting a Business

This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.  

No Cost!  

Presented by SBDC West Michigan.     

To register, go online here or call SBDC West Michigan at (616)331-7370. 



Bike Factory

TRACK: Strategic Career Development (T2)

November BE Initiatives

Name of Event

Date and Time



Study Abroad First Step Meetings

Study Abroad First Step Meetings are weekly informational sessions that go over all the basics of study abroad including how to pick a program, funding, academics and more.

First Step Meetings are offered during the fall and winter semesters. 

For an updated schedule, view the Event Calendar 


To count Study Aboard as a BE Initiative, you must study abroad--NOT just attend this meeting

Every Wednesday:


Every Friday:


130 Lake Ontario Hall --Allendale

TRACK: Global and Diverse Perspectives (T4)

First Year Leadership Experience

The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) is designed to assist newer leaders in creating and enhancing their personal philosophy of leadership while developing basic leadership skills and learning about all of the leadership opportunities that the GVSU community has to offer. All first year and transfer students are encouraged to be a part of this program, especially those who are interested in future leadership roles. FYLE teaches leadership through interactive activities and discussion led by upperclassmen student leaders and staff from across campus. This is a great way to get acquainted with leadership in a college setting. The completion of the FYLE will make you a strong candidate for future leadership positions, as well as prepare you to take your next steps as an intermediate leader on campus. The First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) program consists of six sessions from held once a week on Monday, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM on GVSU's Allendale campus (Kirkhof Center) during the fall & winter semester. Attendance at all sessions is required to be considered a FYLE graduate

Week 1: Exploring Leadership, Team Building, Meet Mentor Group
Week 2: Personality type( *True Colors- see below)
Week 3: Values Clarification, Ethical Leadership
Week 4: Diversity education & Inclusive leadership
Week 5: Commitment into action, group dynamics, & Goal Setting
Week 6: Networking, celebration and empowerment.

RSVP here! 


Contact the Office of Student Life (616-331-2345) or with any questions!

You must attend all 6  First Year Leadership Experience events to complete the program and TRACK 3.3 successfully.

This must be completed with Fall Career Fair and So You Think You Can Network to have a completed TRACK.

10/9/2017, 10/16/2017, 10/30/2017, 11/6/2017 and 11/13/2017


Kirkhof Center

TRACK: Leadership, Ethics and Integrity (T3)

TRACKS Reflective Forms:

KNOW Events

DO Activities

BE Initiatives 

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