Black Excellence 365

The Black Excellence 365 program is specifically designed for students who self-identify as Black/African American. Throughout the Fall and Winter semesters, students have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, and student peers to create meaningful and authentic relationships that support their academic, cultural, and emotional well-being. Students are exposed to programming that enhances their university experience with the ultimate goal of improving academic success, retention and successful completion.

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Black Excellence Orientation

The Black Excellence Orientation is an opportunity for students to participate in a three-day interactive orientation based on their affinity group. The orientation introduces students to campus by participating in specifically designed activities and connecting them with resources and support services — all to ensure academic, cultural, and emotional well-being. The orientation is free and it allows students an early opportunity to connect with other students, faculty, and staff. This program is intentionally designed to create culturally-responsive and educational spaces for our diverse communities. Programming is open to students regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or other protected identity.

Laker Connections Pillars

Academic Support
Passion, Purpose, & Career Preparation
Leadership Development

Contact Information


Phillip Todd

Black Excellence Orientation Coordinator

Assistant Director – Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Grand Valley State University
office: 616-331-2177
[email protected]


Page last modified August 21, 2023