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

Choose kindness!

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

Due to COVID-19 – please call (616) 331-2748 to schedule an appointment or e-mail the staff person you are hoping to connect with.

Summer office hours vary, but the Center is typically staffed Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Masks are required in the Center.

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

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

Replenish food resource

Replenish is an on campus, GVSU food resource, developed to support students.  If you have questions about accessing Replenish please contact us at 331-STOR (7867).  Hours of operation are M-F 12-5, but hours may vary during COVID-19 impacts.  Replenish is located on the lower level of Kirkhof in room 074.

Click here for additional basic needs resources

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Victim advocacy

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! 

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Violence prevention

All violence prevention programs are designed to center the voices and experiences of victim/survivors and are created to be trauma-informed and promote a culture of healing and support. We offer programs throughout the year and also take workshop requests for pre-existing programs or for a customized workshop. 

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

For all general questions about violence prevention and education programs, reach out to: 

Leah Short, shortle@gvsu.edu 

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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!

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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.


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

To recruit, retain, and graduate youth that have experience with the foster care system with the goal of post-secondary completion at GVSU

Supports the efforts of the Student Food Resource run by the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity. Available to all students at GVSU, it provides free food, hunger education, and other resources.

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


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