Anishinaabe Student Leadership Camp

Building a path to higher education

The Anishinaabe Student Leadership Camp at Grand Valley State University offers Native American/North American Indigenous high schools students an opportunity to build their future as leaders. This camp promotes cultural learning, preparation for college and a unique experience on GVSU’s campus.

Camp Highlights

  • Meet with GVSU faculty/staff to prepare for college
  • Cultural identity workshops
  • Downtown Grand Rapids excursion
  • Access to rock climbing and swimming facilities on Allendale campus

ASLC 2017 group photo


June 25-28, 2018


Application open: December 1, 2017. Application deadline: May 4, 2018.

Pre-college Experience

Meet with departments across campus to learn about financial aid, college admission help, career guidance, and study skills. Make a plan for completing high school successfully and for applying to college.

Cultural Knowledge

Learn about Anishinaabe history, arts and culture through hands-on workshops with Native American artists and community members. Explore current issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island. Build leadership skills in a culturally informed way. Gain confidence in racial/ethnic identity.

How to Apply

Applications must be received by May 4, 2018. Applicants will be notified by mid-May regarding application status.


Complete and submit the following:

  • Camper interest form
  • Camper application (application will be sent when interest form received by GVSU)
  • Submit $20 deposit with application
  • If able, please bring unofficial high school transcript.

Who is Eligible

High school students who identify as Native American and will enter their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2018 (grades 9-12).


To secure placement, a $20 deposit must be submitted. Deposit will be returned after camp. Waivers for deposit are available, please contact Tonisha Begay for more information. While the value of camp is $150, the camp is free.


For more information please contact:


Office of Multicultural Affairs

Grand Valley State University

1 Campus Dr. 1240 KC

Allendale, MI 49401