Resources for Work and Life

In addition to what the work life office can do for you, the following are resources on campus and in the community regarding work and life needs, issues, and resources. This is your one stop shop to learn about all the resources available to you whether you are struggling or wanting to continue to learn and grow. You are cared for and there is a place for you! 

Addressing Student Needs

All faculty and staff have a shared interest in supporting and nurturing students. There are many resources available to support student needs. Information listed below is intended to empower faculty and staff in learning how to provide support to students. Note this list is not comprehensive.

What resources are available to support the students?

Academic Concerns 
This tool serves as a visual to better understand the areas related to student success. Awareness of the factors that influence persistence can assist students in matching their needs with available campus services. Faculty, staff, and family members can use this resource to help students articulate current barriers and provide next steps. Students can also use this guide, in combination with the Blueprint for Student Success, for self-reflection and goal-setting to support a balanced college experience.

How to support student mental health in the classroom

Adult Learners: Lifelong Learning on Tap
Lifelong Learning on Tap is an informal program that connects great people and great ideas at interesting locations. Yes, you may have guessed it, we meet at a local brewery for a casual conversation about campus and community resources related to a particular theme. We invite a University resource and a community resource to each share about five minutes of interesting information related to the topic. Then the rest of the time is spent asking questions or just connecting with other attendees.

Disability Support Resources 
The mission of Disability Support Resources (DSR) is to provide support resources and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities and to help educate the university community on disability issues. DSR strives to provide persons with disabilities with the resources needed to be successful as a student, staff or faculty member through innovative approaches and effective collaborations.

Nutrition Services
GVSU has a Registered Dietitian is available during Fall and Winter semesters and can assist you in addressing concerns related to:

  • Adopting healthy eating behaviors
  • Weight management with non-diet approach
  • How to eat healthy on campus
  • Special dietary concerns
  • Heart healthy eating strategies
  • Eating well for the prevention of disease
  • Eating disorder consultations

Recovery Meetings on campus
Although not affiliated with the ACES office, there are a number of AA/NA/ACA/SMART recovery meetings either on or near campus which the ACES staff can help recovering students connect with. Meetings on-campus are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members who have a desire to stop using alcohol or other drugs. View the full Recovery Meeting schedule.

Replenish is the newly improved food resource for all students who face financial obligations/struggles that compromise their food access.

Replenish, provides food and personal care items to meet the short-term challenges that students may face when unable to purchase such items.  Obtaining an adequate food supply is often a major component of financial stress and research has proven that inadequate nutrition decreases academic performance. 

Request an Outreach
University Counseling staff members are available to lead or collaborate on a variety of presentations, programs, and events across the campus. If your group of students or campus organization would benefit from outreach programming, please submit a request. Outreach programming is available on the Allendale campus, but may be available on our satellite campuses as well.

You are invited to use the online on-demand outreach request system. If you see a need among the students that you serve or would like to take a proactive approach to student health and safety, we can help! To submit a request, please visit There, you will find a complete list of programs available through the Center, a calendar of Center activities, and an online request form. Note that we do take special requests for programs not listed!

Promoting Interprofessional Education for Students PIPES
We strive to provide students studying health-related fields with opportunities to learn with, about, and from students & professionals from other fields. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

What if I am concerned for student’s well-being?

Emergency Support Information: The University Counseling Center is an available resource for students experiencing an urgent situation or crisis.

Faculty and Staff regarding concerns of students: Faculty and staff members often interact with students on a daily basis and may be the first to notice a student's interpersonal difficulties, problems in academic performance, or be informed by other individuals about a student having problems. Also, students may seek out faculty and staff members for advice or assistance when they feel distressed, anxious, and/or depressed. Please review the following information to learn how the Counseling Center can help you.

  • File a care report: This form is intended to encourage faculty, staff, and students to voluntarily refer a student who may be struggling with academic, personal, or emotional difficulties or who may exhibit concerning behavior.  Please provide detailed information regarding the concern you are reporting.  


  • Request a red folder training: Do you want to feel better prepared to handle emergencies or difficult situations? The member offices of the Behavior Team are available to provide training to your offices/department


  • Request an Outreach: University Counseling staff members are available to lead or collaborate on a variety of presentations, programs, and events across the campus. If your group of students or campus organization would benefit from outreach programming, please submit a request.


Alcohol and Other Drugs Campus Education Services (ACES): ACES mission is to shape a community that engages and challenges students to make healthy life-long decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs. Our philosophy focuses on harm reduction and building awareness about making healthy and safe choices regarding alcohol and other drugs. Drinking behavior on campuses include abstinence, safe and responsible drinking, binge drinking and dangerous drinking.

Recovery Meetings on campus: Although not affiliated with the ACES office, there are a number of AA/NA/ACA/SMART Recovery meetings either on or near campus which the ACES staff can help recovering students connect with. Meetings on-campus are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members who have a desire to stop using alcohol or other drugs.

Student Ombuds: The Student Ombuds strives to promote fairness and foster a positive campus environment by assisting students with conflict resolution and problem-solving related to their university working, learning, or living experiences.

Student conduct, intervention, and support: File a referral for an academic integrity violation, alcohol and drug referral, student conduct/ misconduct, student organization misconduct, sexual violence, bias incident, discrimination/ harassment, or care report. Brochure for DSR services

Culture and Spirituality

The Division of Inclusion and Equity
Through collaboration, consultation, and leadership with students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners, the Division of Inclusion and Equity advances GVSU’s social justice framework for equity and inclusion.  The division coordinates sustainable and strategic institutional efforts to engage all members of the community while also intentionally supporting and advocating for historically underrepresented communities. The division’s work furthers the university's liberal education and student-centered mission. Initiatives include: Center for Women and Gender Equity, LGBTQ Resource Center, Campus Interfaith, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and much more. 

Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups
The Division of Inclusion and Equity, in partnership with the Human Resources Office, is proud to support our employee affinity groups. These groups host meaningful events, engage in mentoring, and foster community among our underrepresented and diverse faculty, staff, and student populations. 

Interfaith Affinity Groups
These interfaith affinity groups provide safe and engaging spaces for you to meet people of different faith traditions or worldview while enjoying some of your favorite activities. Click on one of the groups below to begin the fun adventure of making some new friends! 

Elder Care

Care Patrol
Sarah Schmidt – This is a free community service that helps people navigate nursing home care.
Crossroads is a community resources with the mission to educate families on all of their options for senior housing, care and resources in Greater Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon.
Age wise
Age wise is a community resource. Age wise missions is to  offer an educational free service which allows you to easily access healthcare resources that are best suited to your elder loved one.
MMAP, Inc. – Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program
Jo Murphy – This is a non-profit that helps to answers individual’s questions about medicare and Medicaid. It is a free resource.

Other elder care community resources:

Alzheimer's Association
Area Agency on Aging
Ottawa County Senior Reach

Emotional and Mental Well-Being

Register a disability: Disability Support Resources (DSR) provides assistance to students, faculty and staff who have disabilities. Learn about the process and review the Faculty and Staff accommodation Policy

Employee Assistance Program: Encompass is GVSU’s employee assistance program. This is a local third party contract. All benefit eligible faculty and staff are entitled to 7 sessions per person, per life issue, per year.  We recognize that it is critical that we be available to support when life issues impact individuals.  This benefit is available for everyone who lives in the employee’s household, they do not have to be benefit eligible dependents. Children who are 8 and older, and have both parents (if they have legal custody) who are willing to sign our statement of understanding are eligible. 

Log in to the online portal (password: gvsu)

Other resources available through the EAP include:


Family and Child Care

Grand Valley has resources and support available to you to encourage you during this time in your life.

New Parent Bingo
In an effort to make learning about the support available fun, relevant, and interactive, we have created a voluntary Parent Bingo activity.  Learn about the resources and support available to you by working through this bingo sheet. Pick the ones that are most relevant to you. Some will have questions to answer(s), and others just require a signature. When completed, simply email a picture and receive additional swag. 

Infant Changing Stations
See the attachment for a compiled list of all infant changing station locations on both Allendale and Pew campuses.     

Rooms for nursing 
GVSU is striving to make it easier for those who nurse to maintain breast-feeding after returning to work or school by providing private and comfortable rooms. In addition to the on campus resources listed below, a comprehensive list of local and community Breastfeeding Resources are available. 

Feedback on rooms for nursing 
All results are tracked and reviewed quarterly. If you would like a follow-up email on your feedback please email with subject line Rooms for nursing mothers.

Parenting Network
The Parenting Network Community of Support where GVSU faculty and staff can connect over the shared experience of being a parent/caregiver.

Flexible Work Arrangements
Work-life balance means people have a measure of control over when, where and how they work. GVSU recognizes the importance of our staff members maintaining this balance to retain a healthy lifestyle. In an effort to maintain this balance, GVSU strives to provide flexible work arrangements (FWAs) in appropriate areas.  

Child Care
There are child care options available to you on campus and in the community. The Children's Enrichment Center is located on Allendale’s campus with the mission is to educate children, families, and students to shape their lives and societies in order to nurture habits of intellectual growth, curiosity, and a love for learning. GRCC Child Care Center accepts applications for families. To search on line for child care near you, go to Encompass webpage and use the ID: GVSU to log in. Under the parenting tab, you will be able to access the child care locator which will provide you with phone numbers and locations. You can also call Encompass (Employee Assistance Program) at 1-800-788-8630.

Grief and loss support for pet owners
Have you lost a beloved pet? There are resources, books, and support groups available.  

Women's Commission
Grand Valley’s Women’s Commission is committed to their legacy of creating dialogue, celebrating women's leadership, and exploring issues of advocacy. They offer, resources, and opportunities and welcome people to join.

Financial Health

There are discounts available to employees.

There is on site individual financial counseling available through TIAA CREF.

Fidelity and TIAA CREF offer webinars regarding financial health for a list go to the events page.

As part of your Employee Assistance Program benefit, Encompass offers financial assist, which provides a telephonic consultation with a financial professional qualified to advise on a range of financial issues. Call Encompass Employee Assistance Program, Encompass, at 1-800-788-8630.

Legal Assistance

GVSU’s Employee Assistance program offers the following supports:

Legal assist: provides free half hour consultation with an attorney on most legal issues. In most cases discounted rates are available if further legal representation is required.

ID Recovery: Provides a free telephonic consultation with an ID recovery professional. The program also provides a 25% discount on Enhanced ID Recovery, whereby the specialist not only provides  a consultation, but also handles the paperwork and negotiations on your behalf. 

Call Encompass Employee Assistance Program, Encompass, at 1-800-788-8630.

Physical Health and Well-Being

A number of opportunities are available to support faculty and staff in maintaining and achieving their movement, fitness and nutrition goals. 

Priority Health care management and wellness coaching
Fitness facilities and classes
Departmental support and policies
GVSU Farmers Market
Office Ergonomics

Professional and Career Development

The Pew Faculty and Staff Learning Center: Promoting a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supporting reflection on professional practice, encouraging growth at all career stages, and rewarding innovation in teaching. The Pew FTLC staff respond to the needs of the faculty and the campus community. Our programs and services foster dialog and community-building around teaching and learning. We strive to provide a broad range of programs in order to serve faculty, regardless of rank or career stage. View New Faculty and Staff Resources.

Faculty and Staff Career ServicesAs a staff and faculty member, you are an integral part of making Grand Valley State University one of the most successful colleges in the Midwest. The Mission of the Human Resources for Faculty and Staff Consulting program is to provide GVSU personnel with a source for guided career education, reflection exploration, planning and goal setting. The Career consultant will support your career growth, personal and professional development while encouraging job satisfaction, advancement and ultimately enhancing work performance and retention.

Communities of Practice: There are opportunities for faculty and staff to connect around professional interest. Find out more about the communities of practice that might fit you.

Professional Development @ GVSU : At GVSU, professional development is comprised of a continuum of opportunities—internal and external to the University—which expand or enhance competencies and capabilities that contribute to GVSU’s mission. Professional development (PD) includes the pursuit/acquisition of skills, attitudes, or knowledge which is reasonably connected to the mission of the University.   Such pursuits would include training, conferences, degrees, certifications, or experiences directly related to one’s current—or reasonable next—job within the University. Professional development includes more than training or classroom style events.  Job rotations, shadowing, stretch assignments, communities of practice, coaching/mentoring relationships, conferences, travel, and service projects can all be vehicles for professional development.


Farmers Market
The GVSU Farmers Market is every Wednesday at the Allendale Campus from 10:00am to 1:30pm. Here you will find fresh produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, and much more!

Outdoor Adventure at GVSU
The Outdoor Adventures Program is a branch of Campus Recreation and offers a variety of programs and services, including rock climbing workshops & training, outdoor trips, gear rental, on-campus events, self-service maintenance, bike parts sales, and bike valet.

Faculty/ Staff Dining Room
Offers meals for $7 on Allendale campus. 

Convenience Services
Because your to-do list is long enough already, you deserve to benefit from the convenience of having professional daily living consultants provide research assistance, resources, and referrals for matters related to these and other topics: consumer issues, home repair, pet care, travel and recreation, dining and entertainment, relocation, community volunteering

Special Needs and Caregiver Support

This section provides resources for case management, community and care giver resources.  Below are a few organizations that could be helpful. 

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Hope Network

ARC of Kent County

Disability Advocates of Kent County

Faculty and staff can also reach out to 2-1-1 and ask for help.

Substance Abuse Education and Support

Recovery Meetings on campus: Although not affiliated with the ACES office, there are a number of AA/NA/ACA/SMART recovery meetings either on or near campus which the ACES staff can help recovering students connect with. Meetings on-campus are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members who have a desire to stop using alcohol or other drugs. View the full Recovery Meeting schedule.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Campus Education Services hosts Lunch and Learns for faculty and staff to learn about substance abuse and resources available. View upcoming Lunch and Learn events.

Employee Assistance Program: Encompass is GVSU’s employee assistance program. Encompass can provide support in getting in to treatment for substance use or pursuing a outpatient counseling for substance abuse. Encompass also takes referrals from supervisors for concerns of substance abuse with employees. For more information, contact