Laker Connections

STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAMS

The Laker Connections programs include: 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 Mno’chigewin: Native Student Success Program (designed for students who identify as Native American). Together, these programs are designed to create an environment where students can achieve their potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. These programs are open to all students and embody GVSU’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ commitment to student success.


PURPOSE & PILLARS

The purpose of the Laker Connections Student Success Programs  is to help students achieve success at GVSU. As a participant you will:

  • Engage in intentional communities that foster a sense of belonging; importantly, you will engage with caring faculty and staff and develop meaningful relationships with other students.
  • Receive academic support through intentional outreach and partnership with university services and resources.
  • Explore passion, purpose, and career preparation opportunities.
  • Develop leadership skills and/or identify leadership opportunities.

Students will…

  • Develop a sense of belonging and deeper connections to students, faculty, and staff 
  • Connect with campus and community networks of support
  • Build relationships with faculty and staff mentors

Students will…

  • Feel a sense of confidence and agency in their ability to lead
  • Understand their strengths and growth areas
  • Identify opportunities on campus and/or in the community to serve as leaders

 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

Kin Ma

Kin Ma, Asian Student Achievement Program

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Glenn Valdez

Glenn Valdez, Asian Student Achievement Program

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Juanita Davis

Juanita Davis, Black Excellence

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Bobby Springer

Bobby Springer, Black Male Scholars

He/Him/His

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Phillip Todd

Phillip Todd, Black Male Scholars

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Thalia Guerra-Flores

Thalia Guerra-Flores, Laker Familia

She/Her/Hers

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Lin Bardwell

Lin Bardwell, Mno’chigewin: Native Student Success Program

She/Her/Hers

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2021-2022 Registration & Meetings

Register for Asian Student Achievement Program

  • Boba Welcome Reception - 9/21/2021 from 4-5:30pm, room TBD
  • Laker Connections Counseling Center (Mental Health) - 10/6/2021 from 6-7:30pm in 2263 KC
  • Movie Night - 10/27/2021 from 6-9pm in Cook DeWitt Center
  • Laker Connections Academic Success Strategies  - 11/10/2021 from 6-8pm in Pere Marquette, KC
  • Resume Building and Professional Headshots - 11/17/2021 from 6-7:30pm in 2263 KC
  • Study Tables - 12/13/2021 from 3-5pm in Mary Idema Pew Library
  • Study Tables - 12/16/2021 from 3-5pm in Mary Idema Pew Library

Register for Black Excellence

  • First Friday's - 9/3/2021 from 11-1 in 1240 KC
  • Intercultural Student Reception - 9/8/2021 from 4-6pm in the Grand River Room, KC
  • Goal Get It! - 9/22/2021 from 6-8pm in KC
  • First Friday's - 10/1/2021 from 5-7pm in 1240 KC
  • Laker Connections Counseling Center (Mental Health) - 10/6/2021 from 6-7:30pm in 2263 KC
  • First Friday's - 11/5/2021 from 11am-1pm in 1240 KC
  • Laker Connections Academic Success Strategies  - 11/10/2021 from 6-8pm in Pere Marquette, KC
  • Oh Give Thanks! with Black History Month - 11/15/2021 from 4-6pm in Cook DeWitt Center
  • Alumni Panel & Etiquette Dinner - 11/18/2021 from 6-8pm in TBD
  • First Friday's - 12/3/2021 from 11am-3pm in 1240 KC
  • Exam Cram: Arts & Crafts/Snacks - 12/7/2021 from 10am-3pm in 1240 KC
  • Exam Cram: Yoga & Relaxation - 12/8/2021 from 10am-3pm in 1240 KC
  • Exam Cram: Games/Food - 12/9/2021 from 10am-3pm in 1240 KC

Register for Black Male Scholars

  • Black Excellence First Friday's - 9/3/2021 from 11-1 in 1240 KC
  • BMSI Kickoff meeting - 9/16/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Career Exploration - 9/30/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Black Excellence First Friday's - 10/1/2021 from 11am-1pm in 1240 KC
  • Laker Connections Counseling Center (Mental Health) - 10/6/2021 from 6-7:30pm in 2263 KC
  • Managing your Finances - 10/7/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Alumni Panel - 10/21/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Mental Health & Wellness - 11/4/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Black Excellence First Friday's - 11/5/2021 from 11am-1pm in 1240 KC
  • Laker Connections Academic Success Strategies  - 11/10/2021 from 6-8pm in Pere Marquette, KC
  • Leadership and Engagement - 11/18/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Exam Preparation - 12/2/2021 at 5:30pm in 2266 KC
  • Black Excellence First Friday's - 12/3/2021 from 11am-1pm in 1240 KC

Register for Laker Familia

Laker Familia Fall Programming 2021

  • Laker Familia Welcome Back Kick-Off
    • Date: Thursday, September 9th
    • Location: Holten Hooker
    • Time: 5-7 PM
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration keynote speaker: Rukia K.
    • Date: Thursday, September 30th
    • Location: 2263 KC
    • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration keynote speaker: Dr. William (Bill) Lopez
    • Date: Thursday, October 7th
    • Location: 2250 KC
    • Time: 4:00PM
  • Laker Connections Counseling Center (Mental Health)
    • Date: Wednesday, October 6th
    • Location: 2263 KC
    • Time: 6-7:30 PM
  • Laker Connections Vision Boards
    • Date: Thursday, October 21st 
    • Location: Grand River Room
    • Time: 5-7 PM
  • Laker Familia End of Semester Celebration
    • Week of December 6th
    • Location: TBD


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