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Mission Statement

To elevate, challenge, and empower all learners to develop their passions and purpose in a healthy, inclusive, and equitable environment. The Division of Student Affairs positively impacts the university through engaging experiential learning and exceptional student support.


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Vision Statement

Every learner will belong, persist, and create meaningful lives, careers, and communities.

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Values Statement

As student affairs professionals, we value:

  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Justice
  • Creating a Community of Care and Respect
  • Embracing Collaboration and Creativity¬†
  • Empowering Experiential and Engaged Learning
  • Enhancing Health and Well-being
  • Seeking Understanding Across Differences

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.

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Upcoming Events

Unnatural Causes APPROVED INT 100/201

September 28, 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,...

Mental Health Ambassador Training

September 29, 2023 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Mental Health Ambassadors Program is designed to provide a cohort of students with a practical workshop that supplies the tools, resources, and skills necessary to identify situations of mental...

Women's Club Soccer vs University of Michigan

September 29, 2023 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Grand Valley State Women's Club Soccer team hosts University of Michigan at 7pm.

Club Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

September 30, 2023 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Grand Valley State Club Ultimate Frisbee team hosts a tournament at 8am with teams such as Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Hillsdale College, and Ball State University.

Men's Club Rugby vs Central Michigan University

September 30, 2023 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Grand Valley State Men's Club Rugby team hosts Central Michigan University 11am.

Men's Club Ice Hockey D1 vs Indiana Tech University

September 30, 2023 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Grand Valley State Men's Club Ice Hockey team hosts Indiana Tech University at 7:30pm.

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GVNext News

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Lakers Keep Lakers Safe initiative invites students to build a stronger, healthier campus community

The new campus-wide initiative offers students the opportunity to take a pledge to take care of one another, and provides them with the resources needed to help themselves and others.

Sep 19, 2023

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Hispanic Heritage Month speaker recalls stories of past leaders

Martha Villegas Miranda described herself as an educator, storyteller and an immigrant ally.

Sep 15, 2023

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New students hear advice, encouragement from Convocation speakers

Speakers at the Fall Convocation ceremony August 23 offered advice and encouragement to students who represent the largest and most diverse class in Grand Valley's history.

Aug 24, 2023

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GVSU buzzing with energy this week as Lakers return to campus

Moments and stories abound from the busy move-in week.

Aug 23, 2023

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GVSU receives top designation as Veteran-Friendly School from state

Gold award makes nine straight years university is honored by MVAA

Aug 23, 2023

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