Welcome to the Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office serves as an information resource for students and campus colleagues, provides advocacy for student issues, programs to serve students, and represents the Division of Student Affairs to constituencies within and beyond the university. The main office is located in the Lubbers Student Services Center on the Allendale Campus, but Division staff provide additional support on the Pew (Grand Rapids), Health (Grand Rapids), Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses.


Statement: The Division of Student Affairs is committed to continued excellence by learning, growing, and acting within our GVSU Laker community. We center students in everything we do and strive to create a safe and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We acknowledge that the United States has a complex history of embedded and structural inequities that create barriers for many people to full participation in public life, including in higher education.  By offering dynamic opportunities for culturally informed and responsive programming, and by fostering environments for brave and rich dialogue, we strive to promote a university community that values difference. Through this work, Grand Valley Lakers are empowered to challenge oppressive systems and cultures and to create socially diverse and just environments within Grand Valley State University and our society.

We commit ourselves to 

  • Centering student voices and perspectives
  • Providing ongoing educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to develop and build on cultural competencies
  • Engaging in dynamic dialogue that reflects our social climate
  • Continuously assessing and reviewing policies, practices, and procedures to identify and remove barriers to our goal of inclusive excellence



Page last modified December 7, 2020