Black/African American Student Engagement & Resources


Student Engagement


Black Excellence Orientation

The Black Excellence Orientation is a three-day orientation designed to support students who identify with the Black/African American culture  - 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.


The Black Excellence 365 Program (designed for students who identify with the Black/African American culture) and Black Male Scholars Program (designed for students who identify as Black men) are designed to create an environment where students can achieve their full potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. These programs are open to all students and a reflection of our values of inclusiveness and diversity and our core mission of student success.


The purpose of the Black Graduation Celebration is to provide a celebration that is representative of Black/African American and African tradition, heritage, culture, and legacy. We want to encourage students to set their sights on the completion of their chosen majors, and as a recruitment tool to motivate others to pursue advanced degrees at Grand Valley State University after seeing the success of their peers. 

Over the years, Black Graduation Celebration ceremonies have become an essential expression of a rite of passage at many colleges and universities throughout the nation and it is our hope that celebration will serve as a tool to encourage academic excellence and community responsibility.


Join any of our hundreds of student organizations, various programming teams, fraternity and sorority life, or participate in civic engagement and leadership opportunities!


Cultural Programming


Black History Month event

Black History Month Celebration is the celebration of the history, culture, traditions and contributions of African Americans. The celebration is recognized every February.


Resources