Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging E-Learning

Blackboard E-Learning

Grand Valley State University has agreed to Reach Higher, and together, we have committed to being an inclusive and equitable community. As President Mantella has said, “Grand Valley will lead in inclusion and equity,” a model community that fosters and sustains a sense of belonging among all and addresses systemic issues that impact outcomes for those who have been historically excluded from higher education.
Our Reach Higher 2025 commitment to building a culture of educational equity requires continual education, learning, and understanding. To that end, we are pleased to continue our foundational learning session Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging E-Learning available now via Blackboard for all GVSU employees. We are partnering with EverFi, a leading educational technology provider with more than 2,000 customers and seven million learners worldwide, to provide this training. Our hope is these tools equip us to work together in an equitable and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Some highlights of the e-training include:

  • Seven modules seeking to demonstrate how every one of us has both an opportunity and a responsibility to shape our culture.
  • An opportunity to engage at your own pace to practice noticing and appropriately responding to perceptions and behaviors—of others and, possibly, your own—that can undermine a feeling of belonging.
  • Specific topics on identity, power dynamics, bias, microaggressions, and allyship.
  • A time to stretch yourself if the content feels new or reflect more deeply if it feels familiar.

We ask that all staff complete these e-learning modules this every 3 years. You can access the training by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the “Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at GVSU” organization.

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