Community Resources

Grand Valley State University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students. We want our employees to be able to bring their full selves to our community and find belonging both inside and outside of our institution. This page is full of helpful diverse resources both on and off-campus. We understand there is a multitude of resources available and not everything can be listed. We welcome you to share any links or resources that you find helpful and that you want to share with the rest of your GVSU community. Send an email to hrintern@gvsu.edu that contains the link or resource and it will get added upon approval. 


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Hello West Michigan – Hello West Michigan has over 1,000 linked resources. Find information about things to do, resources for relocation, community involvement, and economy information.

Experience GR – Find information about things to do, events, restaurants, and hotels, in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is an amazing place to live, work, and play. 

Eventbrite – Eventbrite is a global self-service ticketing platform for live experiences that allows anyone to create, share, find, and attend events that fuel their passions and enrich their lives.

Grand Valley's Diversity Page  The Compass 


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  • Grand Valley
    • Benefit Information Center – Find all you need to know about Grand Valley State University’s Benefits. New to Grand Valley, check out the introduction to your benefits video as well as how to make the most out of your benefits.
    • Priority Health Insurance – Priority Health allows you to find your perfect provider, search by provider type, languages spoken by providers, specialties, provider type, etc. 
  • Other Resources
    • Hello West Michigan Healthcare Information – From large health systems to small community clinics, the West Michigan region provides state-of-the-art care in nearly every specialty imaginable. Whatever your needs may be, West Michigan’s diverse healthcare network has everything you need to stay healthy.

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  • Grand Valley 
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • West Michigan Asian American Association – Michigan nonprofit corporation that seeks to build a collaborative, active, and committed Asian American community in West Michigan with a focus on healthcare, education, and civic engagement.
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    • Asian Delight Market – Carries a comprehensive and diverse selection of more than 4000 Asian groceries from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, and the Philippines.
    • Gaslight Kitchen – An Asian restaurant specializing in Chinese-American dishes, providing a modern ambiance that combines contemporary comfort with traditional style. 
    • Golden Bridge Plaza – Kim Nhung Superstore – Offers the best line of ethnic food. They carry just about everything to make any type of Asian cuisine. They also carry many dry goods including, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Burmese, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and also African goods. 
  • Other Resources 
    • Asian American History, Demographics, & Issues – Asian-Nation, an authoritative, one-stop information resource and sociological exploration of the historical, demographic, political, and cultural issues that make up today's diverse Asian American community. 

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  • Grand Valley 
    • Black Faculty & Staff Association (2014) – Creates a sense of community and a support network for Black employees within the Grand Valley State University community. The Association also serves in an advisory capacity to University administrators, faculty, staff, and students regarding the general welfare of all Black employees at Grand Valley State University.
    • Positive Black Women (1995) – Aims to provide support for women of color at Grand Valley State University through building relationships, professional development, and a collaborative effort toward community enrichment.
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • Grand Rapids Area Black Business Directory (GRABB) – GRABB works to foster an economy that creates prosperity and supports the revitalization of predominantly Black neighborhoods. GRABB expands opportunities for Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids area by assisting them with acquiring three forms of capital (Social, Intellectual, and Financial) and creating awareness for Black businesses.
    • Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) – GRAAHI creates programs that connect the community to health education. In partnership with community and neighborhood groups, we help seniors feel more connected, give women a framework to make healthy life choices, and provide life skills training for men.
  • Markets
    • The South East Market - Products sourced first from black, brown, indigenous, local or womxn-led farms and businesses. They are in the business of building wealth for groups that have experienced systemic oppression.
  • Other Resources
    • BL2END – An organization in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for young professionals of color that intentionally focuses on Social Networking, Professional Development and Community Outreach on a monthly basis.

Resources For Persons With Disabilities

  • Grand Valley 
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • The Arc Kent County - Ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are valued in order that they and their families participate fully in and contribute to their community.
    • Reliable Medical Transportation - Non-emergency medical transportation providing professional door-to-door transportation anywhere originating from Kent County.
  • Other Resources

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  • Grand Valley 
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • After the Move – Personalized help for you and your family begin life in West Michigan. 
    • Grand Rapids Sister Cities International – A non-profit organization that works to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development.
  • Markets/Restaurants 
    • India Market – Brings the rich flavors of India to you with a full range of quality Indian groceries from fresh vegetables, flours, lentils, and spices. 
    • Lewandoski’s Market – Go-to meat market for people across the state of Michigan with a unique Polish charm.
    • Martha’s International Market – A great place to shop for quality grocery products, offers a wide range of African, Jamaican, Caribbean, and Hispanic foods.
    • Mediterranean Island International Foods – The Mediterranean Island is not only an international foods store but also a community center for hundreds of people in the West Michigan area.
    • Osta's Lebanese Cuisine – Osta's Lebanese Cuisine uses only the highest quality meats, fresh, locally grown vegetables, and, of
      course, imported spices. 
    • Spice Of India – One-stop shop for all your South Asian groceries.
    • The Pita House – Local chain serving gyros, kebabs, shawarma, sandwiches & more in a casual setting.
  • Other Resources
    • Western Michigan Bengali Culture Association – A “Family” of warm, friendly souls that share the same cultural heritage as you, have the same interest in Gourmet food, Adda, Cricket, and observe the same festivals you do. Our goal is to help each other in this distant land, forge lifelong relationships and have lots and lots of fun all through the year involving adults and kids.

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  • Grand Valley 
    • Latino/a Faculty & Staff Association (2013) – The GVSU Latino/a Faculty & Staff Association seeks to advance the university’s commitment to diversity by being a vehicle to build community and to improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic-owned businesses and assist the professional growth of the Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan. 
    • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan – Provides unmet social services to the Hispanic Community in Greater West Michigan.
  • Markets/Restaurants
    • El Granjero Mexican Grill – Casual spot offering classic south-of-the-border cooking & housemade horchata in a homey setting.
    • Latin American SuperMarket – Offers shopping and retail products, and a Butcher Shop. 
    • Mi Favorita – Restaurant and Ethnic grocery store Butcher Shop, Taqueria, Groceries, Mexican Products.
    • Supermercado Mexico - Has a wide range of products from all over Latin America to offer including fruits and vegetables, bakery, and Butcher Shop.

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  • Grand Valley 
  • Grand Rapids Area 
    • GIFT – Provides the LGBT+ community with resources that promote a healthy LGBT+ community actively engaged in strong faith communities.
    • OutPro – OutPro is an LGBTQ professionals group that promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan community for LGBTQ professionals. Outpro offers opportunities for both social and professional networking through monthly gatherings at various venues throughout the city.
  • Other Resources 
    • Equality Michigan – The primary goal is to connect victims of individual incidents of bias, discrimination, harassment, and violence, including intimate partner violence, to the support, referral, and navigational services they need to achieve justice.

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  • Grand Valley 
    • Veterans Network – Our Veterans Network provides support for veterans, active service members, and dependents in transitioning, successfully progressing to degree completion, and on to rewarding post-military careers.
    • Veterans Upward Bound - A student-centered commitment to Veteran opportunity and access in successfully pursuing, or completing, postsecondary education. 
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • West Michigan Veterans Coalition – Collaboration between local military-friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to those that have served or are serving in the Armed Forces and their families, employers, and other organizations throughout West Michigan.
    • Wyoming VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic – Offers primary medical and mental health services. Once eligibility has been determined, each patient is assigned to a primary care provider and team, who provides continuous and coordinated care.
    • Grand Rapids Veterans Center  Provides Individual and group counseling for Veterans, service members, and their families; Family counseling for military related issues; Bereavement (grief) counseling; Military sexual trauma counseling and referral; Community outreach and education; Substance abuse assessment and referral; Employment referral; Referral of other VA services. 
    • Kent County Vet Services – Helps with: Service-Connected Disability Claims; applying for VA non-service-connected pensions; applying for Surviving Spouse Pensions; county and federal burial benefits; veterans ID cards; Eligibility Verification Reports; educational benefits; retrieving military service records; Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund; working with social services and government agencies; upgrading of discharges, if possible; document notarizing and many other Veterans issues.
  • Other Resources 
    •  Veteran Business Directory – Comprehensive, user-friendly member network directory of small, medium, and large businesses owned by veterans, service-disabled veterans (SDVOSBs / DVBEs) active duty military, reservists, and military spouses.
    • Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) – Helps veterans and their family members, employers and educators. 
    • Battle Creek VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics provide health care services to veterans in 20 southwest Michigan counties. 

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  • Grand Valley 
    • Women's Commission (1996) – Advocates for all women on campus by acting on their issues and by promoting equity and social justice, ever conscious of the intersection of race, class, gender, and orientation.
    • Positive Black Women (1995) – Aims to provide support for women of color at Grand Valley State University through building relationships, professional development, and a collaborative effort toward community enrichment.
  • Grand Rapids Area
    • Athena – Empowers, connects and equips women in West Michigan to fearlessly lead and cultivate our next generation of leaders.
  • Other Resources 
    • Great Lakes Women's Business Council – Committed to empowering women and minorities economically through access to capital assistance programs, business development training, vendor certification, and business-to-business networking.