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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.

Division of Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Division of Student Affairs Departments

Upcoming Events

Let's Talk

March 30, 2023 12:15 PM - 1:45 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...

Wellness Series: Environmental Wellness

April 2, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:00 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....

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

April 2, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a 12-step program for individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common issues and help others recover from...

QPR - Suicide Prevention Training INT 100 APPROVED!

April 3, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 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,...

Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACA)

April 3, 2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is a program for individuals who grew up in alcoholic/drug addicted or otherwise dysfunctional home.  Members discover how childhood...

SMART Recovery

April 3, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SMART Recovery is a program that uses science and self-empowerment to help people overcome any harmful addictive behavior.  SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training and uses...

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GVNext News

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Support for Syria and Turkey, shared reflection on toll expressed at campus vigil

Several speakers talked discussed the impact of the devastation and the need for unity.

Feb 15, 2023

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Q&A: Alisha Davis

Recently appointed the assistant vice president for the social justice centers and director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Davis shares how she focuses on supporting marginalized students and creating a sense of belonging on campus.

Feb 13, 2023

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Joining national network advances health promotion, prevention strategies

The network advances strategic initiatives around the well-being of students, faculty and staff members.

Feb 8, 2023

Ronald Grifter, chief medical officer, University of Michigan Health, speaks from a lectern.

Health Check report provides look at impact of COVID-19 on healthcare systems and choices

People delayed care but also had increased access as a result of the pandemic.

Feb 3, 2023

Student Body President Faith Kidd and Grand Valley President Philomena Mantella address attendees

Faculty, staff, recognized at first Presidents' Ball since 2020

"The Night Time Stands Still" attracts more than 3,500 Lakers to DeVos Place.

Jan 30, 2023

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