Laker Connections Student Success Programs
Brothers: Black Male Scholars (designed for Black men), Laker Familia (designed for Latino/a students), Niara (designed for women of color) and Queer Connections (designed for LGBTQIA+ students) are designed to create an environment where students can achieve their full potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. These programs are open to all students and a reflection of our values of inclusiveness and diversity and our core mission of student success.
Purpose & Pillars
The purpose of the Laker Connections Student Success Programs is to help students achieve success at GVSU.
- Students will experience intentional environments that are reaffirming and encouraging of students’ identities.
- Students will be exposed to a variety of experiences to help them develop skills necessary for college and beyond.
- Students will know that faculty/staff care about them and believe they can succeed.
- Students will develop meaningful relationships with other students.
- Student will develop a sense of belonging and greater satisfaction with their college experience.
- Make connections to the larger community outside of GVSU
- Understand how to engage in the democratic process
- Have opportunities to engage in dialogue
- Feel a sense of agency in their ability to lead
- Understand their strengths/growth areas
- Learn about opportunities to engage in leadership
- Understand the academic rhythm of the year and key milestones
- Connect to academic resources
- Explore their purpose/passion
- Have a relationship with a faculty/staff member(s) and feel confident they care about their success
Mentor: a faculty/staff person at GVSU who has committed to helping a student succeed while at GVSU by providing personal support, resource/referral information to on-campus resources, and other assistance as needed.
- September 20 (5-7pm, 2266 Kirkhof): Kickoff Meeting
- October 18 (5-7pm, 2266 Kirkhof): Alumni Networking
- November 15 (5-7pm, 2266 Kirkhof): Student Topic TBD
- December 6 (5-7pm, 2266 Kirkhof): What’s your plan for going back home?
- January 17 (5-7pm, 2272 Kirkhof): New Year goal setting
- February 21 (5-7pm, 2266 Kirkhof): Black History Month Event
- March 14 (5-7pm, 2266 Kirkhof): Closing Session
- September 11 (4-5:30pm, 2270 Kirkhof): Kickoff Meeting
- October 9 (12:00-1:30pm, 2215/2216 Kirkhof): Mental Health & Wellness
- November 13 (5:00-7:00pm, 2266 Kirkhof): Celebrating Cultural Traditions
- December 4 (4:00-5:30pm, 2270 Kirkhof): Vision Boards
- September 12: Intercultural Student Reception (4:00-6:00pm, Grand River Room, Kirkhof)
- October 12: Catholic Church Site Visit (1:00-2:30pm, San Jose de Obrero Parish, Wyoming, MI)
- October 24: Sacramento Knoxx Performance (6:00-7:30pm, Cook DeWitt)
- November 3: Latino Student Union Dinner/Dance (40th Year Celebration) (8:00pm-12:00am, Grand River Room, Kirkhof)
- November 11: Día de los Muertos (6:00-8:00pm, Niemeyer Lobby)
- September 13 (4-6pm, 1201 Kirkhof): Kickoff Meeting
- October 4 (time/location TBA)
- November 1 (time/location TBA)
- December 6 (time/location TBA)
- January 10 (time/location TBA)
- February 7 (time/location TBA)
- March 14 (time/location TBA)
- April 4 (time/location TBA)
- December 5 (4-6pm, Grand River Room, Kirkhof)
- April 3 (4-6pm, Pere Marquette, Kirkhof)