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.

Division of Student Affairs 2019-2020 Year in Review



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April 21, 2021 All Day

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April 21, 2021 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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April 21, 2021 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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GVNext News

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Faculty and staff sketches

Faculty and staff members who earned accolades and student media awards are listed.

Apr 12, 2021

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Student Senate highlights successes during virtual State of the Student Body address

President Philomena V. Mantella joined students, faculty and staff members for the March 25 address, which was held virtually.

Mar 26, 2021

Students on Grand Valley's Allendale Campus fill out clipboards to register to vote on Election Day in November 2020

Grand Valley again named a Voter Friendly Campus

Grand Valley has been selected as one of 231 higher education institutions across the country to receive a Voter Friendly Campus designation for 2021-22.

Mar 11, 2021

A close-up of a Grand Valley State University diploma.

Virtual and in-person celebrations planned for GVSU's class of 2021

GVSU's 2021 graduates have two ways to celebrate this year: A virtual commencement along with an in-person opportunity the next day to cross a stage and have their picture taken.

Mar 8, 2021

Screenshot of panelists for a Health Forum of West Michigan event

No return to normal: Panelists say education needs to better serve students when COVID-19 is over

Panelists at a virtual event who discussed the impact of COVID-19 on education agreed that when pandemic mitigation strategies are lifted a "return to normal" will not be the best-case scenario for many K-12 or college students.

Mar 5, 2021

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