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 Famila orientation. Once the academic year begins, students are transitioned into the Laker Familia program which operates under four primary pillars:

  • Mentorship
  • Academic Excellence
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Service

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.

2018 Orientation Registration

The 2018 Laker Familia Orientation registration is now available for students and volunteers. Click the links below for the registration forms.


Student Registration                                Volunteer Registration

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Page last modified May 3, 2018