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.


Black Excellence Orientation Registration

2024 Schedule Coming Soon!

Monday, August 19th - Tuesday, August 21st

2023 Black Excellence Orientation Schedule

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Day 1 Activities

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

Move-in Black Excellence/Laker Connections students

Black Excellence/Laker Connections are encouraged to move in as early as possible. Please use the time prior to our kick-off to visit the bookstore and/or pick up any last-minute items from stores nearby, etc. 

**GVSU Bookstore will be open from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

*If you do not plan to live on-campus please join us at our Black Excellence Welcome Reception at 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Learn about Black Excellence, our community and what to expect from our program.

Location: Fieldhouse Arena

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

OMA Kick-Off

All Laker Connections students (Laker Familia, Black Excellence, Mno'chigewin and Asian Student Achievement Program) students are invited to attend a joint reception and student organizations of color resource fair. 

Location: Fieldhouse Arena

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.


*Students Only

Location: Kleiner Commons

8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.


*Students Only

(Holton Hooker Living and Learning Center)

Monday, August 21, 2023

Day 2 Activities

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Location: Kleiner Commons

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Black Excellence 365/GVSU 101

Program Overview, Activities, Identity Presentation, and Introduction of Staff

Location: Kirkhof Center (RM 2250 - Grand River Room)

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mentor Session & Lunch

Location: Kleiner Commons

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Joint Laker Connections Presentation / Activity

Location: Kirkhof Center (RM 2250 - Grand River Room, RM - 2204 Pere Marquette)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00pm

Group Photo

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dinner & Break

Location: Kleiner Commons

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Rec Night 

All Laker Connections students are invited to hang out at the recreation center activities include but not limited to soccer, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, Zumba, etc.  

(GVSU Rec Center)


Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Day 3 Activities

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Location: Kleiner Commons

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Activities, Social Justice Centers (Center for Women and Gender Equity, LGBT Resource Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs) and Faculty Panel

Location: Kirkhof Center (RM 2250 - Grand River Room)

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Location: Kleiner Commons

1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Activity - Campus Tour/Classroom Scavenger Hunt

Starting at Kleiner

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Student Panel, Survey and Closing

Location: Kirkhof Center (RM 2250 - Grand River Room)

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