Division of Student Affairs Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to continued excellence by learning, growing, and acting within our GVSU Laker community. We center students in everything we do and strive to create a safe and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We acknowledge that the United States has a complex history of embedded and structural inequities that create barriers for many people to full participation in public life, including in higher education. By offering dynamic opportunities for culturally informed and responsive programming, and by fostering environments for brave and rich dialogue, we strive to promote a university community that values difference. Through this work, Grand Valley Lakers are empowered to challenge oppressive systems and cultures and to create socially diverse and just environments within Grand Valley State University and our society.
We commit ourselves to:
- Centering student voices and perspectives
- Providing ongoing educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to develop and build on cultural competencies
- Engaging in dynamic dialogue that reflects our social climate
- Continuously assessing and reviewing policies, practices, and procedures to identify and remove barriers to our goal of inclusive excellence
Division of Student Affairs Core Value: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We create socially diverse and just environments, challenge marginalizing policies and practices, and develop our own cultural competence.
Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs helps students get the most out of their university experience and achieve personal, educational, and career success. The Division is comprised of departments, programs, facilities, and services supported by more than 125 professional and graduate staff. The Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students serves as the university’s senior student affairs officer and provides divisional leadership for a staff that is eager to help students find their connections on campus.
December 18, 2020
Former associate dean of students called 'a common thread for students'; he served nearly 40 years.
December 11, 2020
More than 1,800 Grand Valley students were recognized for earning their degrees.
December 10, 2020
Kara H. Van Dam currently works as a VP and dean at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
December 07, 2020
All graduates, families and supporters are invited to the virtual celebration on Friday.