Laker Familia

Grand Valley State University’s Laker Familia is a network of students who self-identify as Latino/Hispanic. With the assistance of faculty and staff, students are exposed to a variety of academic, professional, social, and cultural activities. The program begins with a three-day interactive Laker Familia orientation. Once the academic year begins, students are transitioned into the Laker Familia program which operates under four primary pillars:

  • Mentorship
  • Academic Support
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Service/Civic Engagement

The program is specifically designed to introduce students to resources that will support their academic, cultural, and emotional well-being. Laker Familia promotes and facilitates meaningful interactions with the goal of improving academic success, retention, and graduation.

*Laker Familia is open to all GVSU students.

Laker Familia Orientation Video



Make an Appointment with the Laker Familia Program Coordinator

Thalía Guerra-Flores

Photo of Thalía Guerra-Flores

Advising Hours:

Monday: 2:00-4:30 PM

Tuesday: 2:00-4:30 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Laker Familia Program Registration

Student Registration


Want to get involved as a Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e Alumni?

We invite you to lend your support in creative, personally meaningful ways that will inspire and shape the future of GVSU Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e students. There are a myriad of ways you can give back to your alma mater, both through volunteering and financial support. 

Christopher Lopez

Jessica Solis




Page last modified May 3, 2022