Laker Connections

STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAMS

Asian Student Achievement Program (designed for students who identify as Asian), Black Excellence (designed for students who identify with the Black/African American culture), Black Male Scholars (designed for students who identify as Black men), Laker Familia (designed for students who identify as Latino/a/x), and Native Student Success Program (designed for students who identify as Native American) 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.


PURPOSE & PILLARS

The purpose of the Laker Connections Student Success Programs  is to help students achieve success at GVSU:

  • Students will experience intentional environments that are reaffirming and encouraging of students’ identities.
  • Students will be exposed to a variety of co-curricular/learning experiences to support their wholistic development and to provide them skills necessary for college and beyond.
  • Students will receive academic support through intentional outreach and partnership with SASC (grades, registering for classes, finding a sense of purpose/passion/area of study).
  • Students will feel a sense of belonging; importantly, they will know that faculty/staff care about them and they will be given opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with other students.

Students will…

  • See themselves as agents of change with the ability to lead/advocate
  • Find opportunities to engage in leadership (broadly defined)
  • Find ways to engage in the democratic process and have opportunities to be in dialogue

Students will…

  • Feel a sense of agency in their ability to lead
  • Understand their strengths/growth areas
  • Learn about opportunities to engage in leadership

 Students will…

  • Understand the academic rhythm of the year and key milestones
  • Connect to academic resources
  • Develop confidence in their ability to succeed as a student

 Students will…

  • Explore what brings them joy and meaning
  • Find pathways to explore career interests
  • Develop skills necessary for life after graduation

Program Leads

Connie Dang

Connie Dang, Asian Student Achievement Program

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Kin Ma

Kin Ma, Asian Student Achievement Program

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Juanita Davis

Juanita Davis, Black Excellence

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Taylor Boyd

Taylor Boyd, Black Male Scholars

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Ryan Neloms, Black Male Scholars

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Phillip Todd

Phillip Todd, Black Male Scholars

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Adriana Almanza, Laker Familia

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Lin Bardwell

Lin Bardwell, Native Student Success Program

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2020-2021 Registration & Meetings

Register for Black Excellence

  • September 4, 2020 - First Friday: Black Lives Matter; Giving black students the space and opportunity to voice their thoughts on the BLM movement.
  • September 16, 2020 - BE365: Academic Success/Exam Tips; Allow students to voice their opinions on how successful they think they are at this point.
  • October 2, 2020 - First Friday: Hustle Night/Movie Night; A night of fun for all students.
  • October 21, 2020 - BE365: Campus & Non-Campus Resources; Provide students with on campus resources such as dining, printers, tutoring, social justice centers, etc.
  • November 6, 2020 - First Friday: Virtual Game Day; During this time students will be allowed to take a break and relax from reality as we play different games through Zoom. (Face-to-face interactions varies)
  • November 18, 2020 - BE365: Alumni Panel; Discussion with Alumni
  • December 4, 2020 - First Friday: Karaoke; During this time, we will allow students to submit song requests and share screens of the YouTube karaoke version.
  • December 9, 2020 - BE365: Exam Cram; During this time, we will allow students to voice their opinions on what methods they have been using to keep up with school work. Invite someone from the Tutoring Center to come and share tips on balancing the last part of their semester.

Register for Black Male Scholars

September 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Welcome Back Meeting

October 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Career Fair Prep

October 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  – Voting and Civic Engagement

October 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  –  Black Lives Matter & Police Brutality

November 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  –  Alumni Panel

December 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  –  Check-in & Exam Prep

Register for Laker Familia

  • February 26, 2021, 12:00-3:00 pm: GVSU & Ferris State University: Latinx Leadership Summit Via Zoom (Registration required)
  • March 03 , 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm: Self Care ; in collaboration with Latino Student Union Via Zoom
  • March 11, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch & Learn (Location & Topic TBD) (Registration required)
  • March 25, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm: Latinx Advocacy Panel Via Zoom
  • April 14, 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm: End of Semester Celebration; in collaboration with Latino Student Union Via Zoom
  • April 29, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm: Latinx Graduation Celebration Via Zoom

Register for the Native Student Success Program

All meetings are held from 5-7PM and will be held virtually and in-person at 2201 KC. Click on meeting date to register.



Office of Multicultural Affairs
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr., 1240 KC
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 331-2177
oma@gvsu.edu