Latino/a/x Student Engagement & Resources

Student Engagement

Laker Familia Orientation

Laker Familia Orientation is a three-day program specifically designed to introduce new Latino/a/x and/or Hispanic students to the Grand Valley State University campus and to connect you to resources and services that will support your academic, cultural, and emotional well-being. The three-day orientation program will offer various workshops that will assist you in your first year at GVSU. 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. This program is intentionally designed to create culturally-responsive and educational spaces for our diverse communities. Programming is open to students regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or other protected identity.

The Laker Familia Program (designed for students who identify as Latino/a/x) is designed to create an environment where students can achieve their full potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. This program is open to all students and a reflection of our values of inclusiveness and diversity and our core mission of student success.

The Latino/a/x Student Graduation Celebration complements the university commencement ceremonies and is an opportunity to come together and acknowledge Laker accomplishments in the spirit and traditions of culture. For many students, a college diploma represents a journey marked by hard work and success-- not just for the individual students, but also for their family, friends, and supporters. This event provides a more intimate setting for students to share their personal milestones with their communities and uplift the next generation of graduates.

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

Hispanic Heritage Celebration is the celebration of the history, culture, traditions and contributions of the U.S. Latino/a/x and Hispanic communities. The celebration is recognized every September through October.

A celebration of the life and legacy of César E. Chávez. Celebrated in the month of March.

César E. Chávez


Page last modified July 27, 2023