Welcome to The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity. We are here to serve and support our students! 

Staff are available for phone calls or virtual meetings, and we would LOVE to hear from you.

Due to COVID-19, please call first (616) 331-2748 to schedule an appointment or e-mail the staff person you are hoping to connect with. Summer office hours may vary, but you may find a staff member at the center form 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Check out our social media accounts linked below to keep up with our events! 

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Learn more about our programs, resources, and support services!

Foster care

Fostering Laker Success (FLS), is a grant funded effort that works to provide a supportive network to program participants to ensure their success on and off campus. Laker participants will have access to key resources that can help them succeed academically, professionally and develop fundamental life skills.  FLS has joined the statewide college/university initiative to increase college graduation rates among youth who have experienced foster care. 

Click here to learn more about Fostering Laker Success!

The role of the Victim Advocate is to provide nonjudgmental, private support to student survivors of gender-based violence, which plays a critical role in the healing process of a victim/survivor. Talking with our Victim Advocate is private and DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options.

Victim Advocacy services are still available to students. Please call (616)-331-2742 or e-mail Rachel Dziabuda directly at dziabura@gvsu.edu  

To learn more about victim advocacy, click here! 

Victim advocacy

Basic needs

Replenish is a food resource for students on campus in the Kirkhof building. If you have questions about accessing Replenish or need to make special arrangements for usage please contact us at (616) 331-STOR (7867).  Hours of operation vary during the COVID-19 campus closure. Call ahead to ensure availability. Replenish is located on the lower level of Kirkhof in room 074.

For more resources and information about basic needs and food resources on campus, click here! 

All violence prevention programs are designed to center the voices and experiences of victim/survivors and are created to be trauma-informed, promote a culture of healing, and support. Our programs challenge students to think beyond carceral feminist approaches and encourage community healing. We offer programs throughout the year and also take workshop requests for per existing programs or for a customized workshop. 

To request a violence prevention program or to learn more about violence prevention at GVSU, click here!  

Violence prevention


Our mission

The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity’s mission is to create meaningful learning about gender and to advocate for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of students and the greater GVSU community.

Our vision

The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity envisions a world where gender justice is a reality and all forms of oppression are eradicated. As such, we offer the most comprehensive and progressive programs, services, and initiatives.


The Laker Meal Share Program


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. Meals are now available.


food and personal care items

Hey Lakers!

Replenish is open and ready to serve you.

Remember upon arrival you must show your green Covid Assessment and have a properly worn face mask.

One shopper may be inside at a time unless two people are from the same household. For safety reasons, please only touch what you plan to take and if you are not feeling well don't hesitate to ask for a pre-packaged bag.

Call (616)-331-7867 

Help Support Us!

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 Today

This fund helps to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education assessable to students from all backgrounds.

Provides financial assistance to part-time students and those re-entering college.

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 (jennrichj@gvsu.edu) or Sharalle Arnold (arnoldsh@gvsu.edu). 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