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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

Men's Club Lacrosse vs Purdue University

February 25, 2024 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grand Valley State Men's Club Lacrosse team hosts Purdue University at 2:00pm.

Knowledge Support Series

February 29, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Services office will be holding a series of webinar topics related to substance abuse, impacts, and issues. Check out the variety of topics and join us via Zoom to get...

Hiking Trip - Moab, Utah (spring break)

March 1, 2024 All Day

Join GVSU Outdoor Adventures to experience the wonders of naturally created sandstone arches in Moab, Utah. We will journey to explore two of the countries top National Parks; Arches, and Canyonlands.  Imagine...

Knowledge Support Series

March 7, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Services office will be holding a series of webinar topics related to substance abuse, impacts, and issues. Check out the variety of topics and join us via Zoom to get...

AOD's St. Patrick's Day Safety Sack Giveaway

March 13, 2024 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Stop by Kikrhof to pick up your free St. Patrick's Day Safety Sack! This bag will include items to help you stay safe, smart, and responsible, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

GYT: STI Testing

March 13, 2024 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

We are offering FREE and confidential STI testing on-campus again this year! Testing will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:30-7:30pm.  Holton-Hooker 107A. Gonorrhea and chlamydia...

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GVNext News

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GVSU fosters voter engagement ahead of Michigan primary

GVSU's Office of Student Life is hosting events to educate the campus community and provide accessible voting opportunities.

Feb 20, 2024

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Presidents' Ball award winners celebrate in style

Event included presentation of Laker of the Year awards, Presidential Appreciation Award, Student Award for Faculty Excellence

Feb 13, 2024

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23 GVSU highlights from 2023

See some of the top stories, videos, social media and photos that captured life as Lakers.

Dec 19, 2023

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Celebrating Lakers for a Lifetime: December 2023 Commencement in photos

See the images at Van Andel Arena that caught our eye.

Dec 13, 2023

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Commencement speaker is self-described 'hope dealer'

Shannon Cohen, '00 and '11, a self-described 'hope dealer,' will be the keynote speaker for the Fall Commencement ceremony on December 9 at Van Andel Arena.

Dec 6, 2023

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MVE-Lab winner plans hub to help vets better understand benefits

A former Marine earned $10,000 for his startup idea of developing a hub that would help veterans better understand their benefits and overcome barriers to success.

Dec 5, 2023

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