LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
Whether you're in Michigan temporarily or it's your childhood hang-out, we want you to feel at home while at GVSU.
Fit the Mitt is a mentoring program designed to make sure this happens through promoting intercultural awareness and creating a welcoming community among GVSU Faculty & Staff and International Students. Pairings are done each fall semester with mentors (Faculty & Staff) and mentees (new International Students) opting into the program by filling out the respective applications found on this site.
Current mentors and mentees should check out the High Five Rewards designed to recognize your commitment to hospitality!
We greatly appreciate students' dedication to creating a welcoming, engaging, and inclusive environment at GVSU. As a gesture of our gratitude, we are awarding Lakers for the time they have put into helping out with programs by ISS and its daughter student organization, Bringing Together the World.
Students who volunteer 10 hours or more in an academic year can be certified as Lakers Without Borders. Lakers are to log their hours by submitting the online form linked below. Students can submit this form multiple times and the total hours will be considered for certification each semester within an academic year. Certificates are given at the end of each Fall and Winter semester.
PEEPS is a student-led ambassador program which creates partnerships between domestic students and international students studying at Grand Valley. The PEEPS program runs each Fall and Winter International Student Orientation. The PEEPS volunteers provide a support network for newly arrived international students while participating in the scheduled social activities organized by the ISS Team. This is a wonderful opportunity for students on both sides to come together and promote cross-cultural growth during the new international students' first few days on campus!
Each Winter Semester the Padnos International Center's ISS Team hosts the Pineapple Award Ceremony. The Pineapple Awards recognize Grand Valley faculty, staff, community members, and students who advocate for international students and enrich their experience while they are in West Michigan. At the ceremony, Scholarship Recipients, Exchange Students, Graduate Students, and Lakers Without Borders are also recognized.