The Division of Student Affairs helps you get the most out of your university experience and achieve personal, educational, and career success. 

Our mission places students at the center of our work, advocating for their well-being, and promoting positive and inclusive programs, services, and facilities. 

Our staff is ready and eager to partner with students as they discover their purpose and create meaningful lives, careers, and communities.  


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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.

Division of Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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student community engagement hours
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Upcoming Events

Movin' Monday

October 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Let's Talk - Black Mental Health

October 18, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tonin' Tuesday

October 19, 2021 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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GVNext News

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Mantella op-ed: Colleges, universities need to provide better services for veterans

President Philomena V. Mantella called on colleges and universities to provide better support for veterans who enroll after leaving the military.

Oct 13, 2021

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Laker Family Appreciation Weekend Begins October 8

The Laker Family Appreciation Weekend, October 8-10, offers many in-person events for students and their supporters

Sep 28, 2021

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Virtual career and internship fair set for October

GVSU is hosting a virtual career and internship fair on October 7.

Sep 27, 2021

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Grand Valley commemorates 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks

Events across Grand Valley's campus commemorated the 20th anniversary of September 11 and remembered those lost.

Sep 11, 2021

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GVSU receives Gold Status for seventh consecutive year from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Gold Status is awarded to higher education institutions that provide an inclusive and supportive environment for military-connected students. GVSU has earned Gold Status each year since 2015.

Sep 9, 2021

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