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The Laker Effect is the collective impact of the Grand Valley State University community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. It's a force for positive change. Share your story on social media using #GVLakerEffect.


Watch video of Douglas Chambers

Douglas Chambers

Nursing, B.S.N.

Douglas Chambers III is dedicated to helping bridge the language barrier that can thwart health care access for some.

Watch video of Alan Carter

Alan Carter

Advertising and Public Relations, B.A., B.S.

Alan Carter plans to work with an international company after graduation and has found at Grand Valley prime opportunities to position himself for that career path.

Watch video of Ashley Jacobs

Ashley Jacobs

Allied Health Sciences, B.S.

From mentoring freshmen to helping organize the annual pow wow on campus, Ashley Jacobs is continually finding ways to stay engaged and give back to the Laker community.

Watch video of Domonique Stevens

Domonique Stevens

Social Work, B.S.W.

When Domonique Stevens sees people in distress, she becomes even more resolved to pursue a career that will find ways to ease human suffering.

Watch video of Brittany Sugg

Brittany Sugg

Exercise Science, B.S.

In a matter of months, Brittany Sugg went from learning about athletic testing in a Grand Valley laboratory to applying what she learned while working with Detroit Red Wings players.

Watch video of Michael Kurley

Michael Kurley, '17

Business Administration, M.B.A.

When Michael Kurley felt the entrepreneurial spark that shifted his career path from physicist to medical device inventor, he found at Grand Valley numerous resources to support his venture creating a specialized glove that eases the hand difficulties of those with Raynaud's disease.

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