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Laker Familia

Bienvenidos Laker Familia!

Welcome to Grand Valley State University and to the Laker Familia!  Laker Familia is an orientation program specifically designed to introduce new Latino students to GVSU's faculty, staff, and connect you to resources and services that will support your academic, cultural, and emotional well-being.  Laker Familia promotes and facilitates meaningful interactions between Latino/a students and mentors with the goal of improving academic success, retention, and graduation. 

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As a Laker Familia participant, you will have an opportunity to become involved with the GVSU Latino/a community while strengthening the Latino presence on campus.  The three-day orientation program will offer various workshops for students to learn about developing good study habits, professor expectations, as well as culturally-focused topics. You will also have opportunities to participate in year-round programming through various educational and professional development events and outings in both the fall and winter semesters. 


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Laker Familia Orientation

Ready to join the Laker Familia?  Register now! 
Please let us know if you (and your parents/guardians) will participate by Friday, August 12.  Space is limited!
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 Laker Familia Orientation!

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Laker Famillia, 2014


Laker Familia Orientation Program

Sunday, August 21st

Day 1 Activities

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Move-in for those living on campus (we have arranged this early arrival time for your convenience)

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

Laker Familia welcome, keynote & dinner for parents/students/guardians

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

Good bye/Despedida (parents/guardians depart)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Student "Getting to Know You" session

Orientation Day 2

Monday, August 22nd 

Day 2 Activities

Location

9:30 a.m.

Light Breakfast

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

10:00 a.m.

Civic Engagement: Cook Library and Hispanic Center Presentation

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

11:00 a.m.

Faculty Panel: How to Be Successful at GVSU

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

12:00 p.m.

Lunch at Fresh Food Company (meal tickets provided if needed)

Commons Building (main floor)

1:15 p.m.

Money Smarts: Interactive Financial Success Workshop

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

2:15 p.m.

Identity Workshop: The Power of a Story 

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

3:00 p.m.

Optional Outdoor Activity

To Be Determined

6:00 p.m.

Dinner at Fresh Food Company (meal tickets provided if needed)

Commons Building (main floor)

8:00 p.m.

Optional Game Night Led by Laker Familia Student E-Board

To Be Determined

Orientation Day 3

Tuesday, August 23rd

Day 3 Activities

 

9:00 a.m.

Light Breakfast

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

9:30 a.m.

Mentorship Familia & Student Panel

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

10:45 a.m.

Campus Quest: Explore the Allendale Campus and Connect With Resources

Kirkhof Center Room 2204

12:15 p.m.

Lunch at Fresh Food Company (meal tickets provided if needed)

Commons Building (main floor)

1:15 p.m.

Final Wrap Up and Discussion

Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room

3:00 p.m.

Optional Outdoor Activity Led by Laker Familia Student E-Board

To Be Determined

5:00 p.m.

Optional Dinner at Fresh Food Company (meal ticket provided if needed)

Commons Building (main floor)

6:00 p.m.

Optional Trip to Grand Rapids Using the Rapid Bus

Grand Rapids Downtown Location To Be Determined