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Mission Statement

We place students at the center of our work, advocate for their well-being, and promote positive and inclusive programs, services, and facilities.


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Vision Statement

We aspire to partner with students as they discover their purposes and create meaningful lives, careers, and communities.

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Values Statement

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION | We create socially diverse and just environments, challenge marginalizing policies and practices; and develop our own cultural competence.

INNOVATION | We are professionally current, use evidence for decisions, and value continuous improvement.

LEADERSHIP | We are ambitious for our mission, adaptive in our style, and ethical in our decisions.

EXCELLENCE | We offer high quality experiences, create strong student communities, and promote a balanced work-life environment.

COLLABORATION | We commit to mutual success, work as a team, and celebrate others’ accomplishments.

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

Division of Student Affairs Departments

Upcoming Events

Therapy Dogs

December 12, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Do finals have you feeling overwhelmed?  Come destress with the University Counseling Center and West Michigan Therapy Dogs! While therapy dogs are trained to interact with...

Let's Talk

December 13, 2022 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Let’s Talk gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a counselor and seek professional advice without having to sign up for counseling. Let’s Talk meetings are… Free...

GYT: STI Testing

December 14, 2022 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In partnership with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH), Recreation & Wellness will be offering FREE and confidential STI testing on-campus again this year! As university protocols...

8 Dimensions of Wellness Series - Let's Get Physical Zumba Dance Class

December 14, 2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Recreation & Wellness has created a monthly Wellness Series to explore the eight dimensions of wellness. Come explore wellness topics with a lens of intersectionality, health equity and diversity....

QPR - Suicide Prevention Training INT 100/201 APPROVED!

January 17, 2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 11 minutes and suicide remains the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. The QPR program dispels common misconceptions about suicide,...

Unnatural Causes INT 100/201 APPROVED!

January 26, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Unnatural Causes is a documentary series that explores the effects of social factors on health and health care in the United States. It focuses specifically on race, socioeconomic standing, geography,...

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GVNext News

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Graduate set eyes on nursing career early with focus to help community

Alejandra Salinas is earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Dec 6, 2022

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Graduate overcomes homeland's civil war, political unrest to earn degree

Haak Betiem is earning a graduate degree in health administration.

Dec 6, 2022

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Giving Tuesday focuses on nourishing students in need at Replenish

Campus community rallies around food and basic needs bank serving students

Nov 22, 2022

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GVSU named an ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting

GVSU was recognized for its efforts to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement in the 2022 election.

Nov 21, 2022

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