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.


2022-2023 Registration & Meetings

We are excited to welcome new AND returning students for the 2022/23 academic year.  Programming will begin in August of 2022 and will be announced on this page.


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

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



Page last modified May 2, 2022