Black Excellence Orientation


We are looking forward to your arrival on campus this fall and would like to extend an invitation for you to participate in Grand Valley State University’s Black Excellence program. This three-day orientation is designed especially for students that identify as Black/African American - to welcome you to campus, help you connect with fellow students, faculty and staff and navigate the many campus and community resources available to you.  It takes place prior to Transitions: New Student Orientation which begins on Wednesday, August 23rd. Details about that program are shared separately.

2017 Registration

The 2017 Black Excellence Orientation registration is now open. Please see the adjacent links to register for this year's orientation.

BE Orientation

Black Excellence Orientation Program

Sunday, August 20th

Day 1 Activities

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Soft early move-in

If you are planning to live on-campus housing, we have arranged an early move-in. Resident Assistants and other student groups will also be moving in at this time. Please check-in at the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Parent meeting (2215/2216 KC)/Student meeting (Thornapple room KC)

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Welcome Student and Parent/Guardian Program and Dinner

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Parent & Family Farewell

6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Student “Getting to Know You” session

The orientation will continue on Monday, August 21st and conclude on Tuesday, August 22nd. During this time, you will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and activities that will allow you to:

  • Meet and interact with upperclass students, faculty, and staff mentors
  • Workshop topics include: strategies for student success, cultural identity, and more!
  • Participate in team building exercises and recreational activities

Please let us know if you (and your parents/guardians) will participate by Friday, July 14th as space is limited.  To register, go online at, or contact Juanita Davis at the Office of Multicultural Affairs by email at or by phone at (616) 331-2177.  Upon receiving your registration, we will send you additional detailed information regarding the program.

We look forward to the opportunity to greet and meet you at the GVSU Black Excellence Orientation!


Juanita Davis, M.A.

Black Excellence Orientation Co-Chair

Assistant Director,  Office of Multicultural Affairs


Nykia D. Gaines, Ph.D.    

Black Excellence Orientation Co-Chair

Director, TRiO SSS STEM-Health Sciences

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