RSO Support

Departmental Resources for Registered Student Organizations

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AOD - Alcohol & Other Drugs Services

Office: AOD - Alcohol & Other Drugs Services

Coordinator: Andrea Smith, PSY.D. Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Contact: (616) 331-2537 or [email protected]

What do they do: Our philosophy focuses on harm reduction and building awareness about making healthy and safe choices regarding alcohol and other drugs. Drinking behavior on campuses includes abstinence, safe and responsible drinking, binge drinking and dangerous drinking. The needs of Grand Valley's campus community vary greatly, our programs focus on providing a variety of quality services in three main areas:

  • Prevention & Education
  • Intervention
  • Recovery
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Dean of Students Office

Office: Dean of Students Office

Coordinator: Aaron Haight, ED.D., Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students

Email: [email protected]

Contact: (616) 331-3585 or [email protected]

What do they do: The Dean of Students Office provides advocacy and support for students and families/supporters. The main office is located in the Lubbers Student Services Center on the Allendale Campus.  Faculty, staff, parents, supporters, and community members may use the CARE referral process for students of concern.

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Event Services

Office: Event Services

Coordinator: Kellie Pnacek-Carter, [email protected] 

Assistant Director for Event Services

Contact: (616) 331-2350 or [email protected]

What do they do: They assist student organizations and campus departments to find the best space to host meetings and events.  If you would like to make a reservation for space in the Kirkhof Center, Cook-DeWitt Center, Henry Hall Atrium, Lake Ontario Hall room 167, or an outdoor location, please contact us. 


Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center

Office: Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center

Coordinator: Director- DL McKinney 

Contact: (616) 331-2530, [email protected]

What do they do: The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center collaborates with campus and community partners to create an inclusive and equitable environment where all are empowered to be their authentic selves.

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Multicultural Affairs

Office: Multicultural Affairs

Coordinator: Jessica Jennrich - Interim Director, (616) 331-2748 or [email protected]

Contact: (616) 331-2177 or [email protected]

What do they do: The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to building a diverse and inclusive campus. Through its comprehensive programs and services, OMA fosters an appreciation and respect for the history, tradition, and culture of different ethnic groups, and empowers students to be active learners. Engage with us through participation in our cultural heritage celebrations, student support services, and social justice efforts.


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Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity (TIXIE)

Office: Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity (TIXIE)

Coordinator/Contact: Kevin Carmody, Director, Title IX Coordinator and Equity Officer

(616) 331-9530 or [email protected]

What do they do: Our team works to provide assistance through supportive measures, or campus modifications, designed to protect your safety and preserve or restore your ability to participate in GVSU’s programs and activities. We create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all individuals who seek services through our office.

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Office of Student Life - Civic Engagement

Office: Office of Student Life - Civic Engagement

Coordinator: Melissa Baker-Boosamra, [email protected] - Associate Director of Student Life

Contact: (616) 331-2345, [email protected]

What do they do: The Office of Student Life: Civic Engagement works in close collaboration with two specific strategic partners in this work on campus, in order to provide students, faculty and staff, and community partners with a holistic, cohesive approach to community engagement.

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Promotions Office

Office: Promotions Office

Coordinator: Megan Wierenga (she/her) Laker Events & Communications Manager

Bobby Nielsen (he/him) Creative Services & Production Manager

Leah Erben (she/they) Student Life Marketing Communications Coordinator



What do they do: Our clients include offices, departments, and student organizations from across the university. We produce a wide range of promotional materials in various mediums including print, video, photo, as well as provide a handful of other services.

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Student Academic Success Center

Office: Student Academic Success Center

Coordinator: Liz Chase, [email protected]

Contact: (616) 331-3588, [email protected]

What do they do: Success Coaches work with students to provide tools, strategies, and resources to help them in their academic journey here at Grand Valley. Using a holistic approach, in addition to providing academic strategies, Success Coaches utilize a network of campus partners to assist with each student’s individual situation. One-on-one appointments with success coaches cover topics such as time management, organization, test-taking strategies, study skills, procrastination and motivation, goal-setting and other campus resources. We also provide virtual academic success workshops available to all students throughout the semester that cover similar topics.

  • Appointments with Success Coaches can be made through Navigate
  • Go to this webpage for the Academic Success Workshop Schedule

University Counseling Center

Office: University Counseling Center

Coordinator: Amber Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP Email: [email protected]

Contact: (616) 331-3266 or [email protected]

What do they do: We are a team of trained professionals committed to improving the mental health of the GVSU student body through prevention, education, and counseling. We offer the following services to all currently registered GVSU students free of charge:

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Special Events & Seminars
  • Consultation & Referral
  • Emergency Services
  • Peer Education Program

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