For the health and safety of the Grand Valley community, the Center for Women and Gender Equity will remain closed for the Spring 2020 semester. Our staff remain committed to student success and are available (via remote work) and can be reached at or 616-331-2748.

Virtual Orientation

Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity (CWGE) for a virtual open house and orientation. Staff will be available to share information about our programs and opportunities for involvement.  Registration today.  

August dates TBD 

June 10th
June 10th

Join this zoom session

June 17th
June 17th

Join this zoom session

July 8th
July 8th

Join this zoom session


Local resources are available to students, but the on campus food resource, Replenish is now closed.  Should you have questions feel free to email Sharalle Arnold, Associate Director in the Center for Women and Gender Equity – and coordinator of Replenish, at

Additionally, we understand that financial circumstances for some individuals and families will change and there may be new needs.

If you have special circumstances or if your financial situation changes, please contact the Financial Aid office.

Our staff will work with your individual circumstances.

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Welcome to the Center for Women and Gender Equity! In addition to our many programs and services, our office is also a great place to grab a cup of coffee, do homework, or relax by the fireplace. We are located in 1201 Kirkhof Center and our hours are 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-5:00pm on Fridays.

The Center for Women and Gender Equity is one of Grand Valley’s five social justice centers through the Division of Inclusion and Equity. The five social justice centers utilize a social justice and intersectional framework in our collective work. 

The Laker Meal Share Program

Donate or Request A Meal

The Laker Meal Share Program helps support students in times of hardship by providing meals to meet immediate needs. Campus Dinning and the Dean of Students Office have teamed up to help create the Laker Meal Share Program. This program allows GVSU meal plan users to contribute guest meal swipes from their meal plan each semester. Contributed meals go into a pool that can be used to provide access to Campus Dinning for students who might otherwise go hungry.

Meal swipes from meal plans are contributed by the campus community and given out on an as-needed basis. Contributions and requests are accepted during fall and winter semester. For the Winter 2020 semester requests can be placed up until Friday April 17th at 4pm by using the form below.


Donate a Meal

If you have a meal plan, you can donate meal swipes to support students with immediate food needs. Campus Dining Street Team will host tables in various dining locations the week of February 17 where students can sign up to donate. 


Request a Meal

If you are in immediate need of a meal and don’t have an active meal plan, you are welcome to submit a request for meals starting February 25th, up until April 17, 2020. Upon completion of your request, someone from the Laker Meal Share program will review your request and may authorize a certain number of meals to your Student ID Card for use at Fresh Food Company. Approval and assignment is based upon need and availability of donated meals. Please note: Only currently-enrolled students are eligible for the Laker Meal Share program.

Submit a Meal Request


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With your support, the Center for Women and Gender Equity will have the capacity and resources to carrying on existing initiatives while developing new efforts that incorporate our vision for the future. Contact us for more information about making a gift.


Give to the Center for Women and Gender Equity

To support our continued growth, a Center for Women and Gender Equity Enrichment Circle has been created to recognize donors that support our work with a gift of $1,000. We established this group to provide the Center with resources necessary to achieve ambitious plans for the next 10 years through increases to the current Center for Women and Gender Equity Program Endowment. If you participate as a faculty/staff member, your gift will be matched by the University! And, there is a beautiful Center for Women and Gender Equity Enrichment Circle recognition plaque hung in the Center for Women and Gender Equity that lists the names of donors. Establishing the Center for Women and Gender Equity Enrichment Circle will help the Center for Women and Gender Equity to extend its reach at Grand Valley, throughout West Michigan, and beyond.

If you want more information about how to make a $1,000 gift and join the Center for Women and Gender Equity Enrichment Circle please contact Jessica Jennrich ( or Sharalle Arnold ( Thank you for considering this opportunity to support the Center for Women and Gender Equity into the future!


·      Laurie Finney Beard, MBA '81

·      Gayla Jewell, Ph.D.

·      Bari S. Johnson

·      Ann Marie Klotz, '02

·      Marlene Kowalski-Braun

·      Karen Libman and Mitch Kachun

·      Jo Ann Litton

·      Teri Losey in Honor of Braelee Wheeler and Rylea Wheeler

·      Cynthia Mader, Ph.D. and Pamela K. Olsen

·      Jean Martin, Ph. D.

·      Maggie McCrystal and Carrol Cook

·      Theresa Rowland

·      Harriet A. Singleton

·      Anne Wildgen Merkle

·      Patricia Oldt, Ph.D.

·      Lois Smith Owens

·      Diana G. Pace, Ph.D.

·      Mary Seeger, Ph.D.

·      Patricia Clifton Smith

·      Jo Ann Wassenaar in Memory of Myrtle R. Pelon


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