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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


August 22, 2024 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WHAT IS THIS CLUB? At every Super Secret Club meeting, we provide FREE FOOD and information about joining student organizations and making new friends. When you come to a club meeting, you'll...

IFC Welcome Week Block Party

August 24, 2024 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for an exciting start to the semester at the IFC Welcome Week Block Party! Get ready to make unforgettable memories with fellow students as we kick off the new academic year in style. Enjoy...

NPHC Yard Show

August 24, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fun, and exciting Cultural Step show hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council to showcase the organizational strolls on the big stage for the GVSU community to see....

Campus Life Night

August 25, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Why should you go to Campus Life Night? MAKE CONNECTIONS Meet your new community at Campus Life Night through the 300+ student organizations, campus departments, and local businesses/non-profits...

Meet the Greeks

August 28, 2024 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join our Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Association on the Kirkhof Center Lawn to learn more about how you could join our community!...

Labor Day Cookout

September 2, 2024 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Will you be on campus for Labor Day and are looking for a fun evening activity? Look no further! Join us for a Labor Day Cookout with free food, games, and activities outside the Kelly Family Sports...

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GVNext News

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Names of three Laker veterans inscribed on GVSU Memorial Garden wall; ceremony held to honor them

The lives and service of Joseph Early, Adam Forbes and Baron Klein were commemorated.

May 24, 2024

Alex-Mari Ford works on spreading mulch in a yard. She stands next to a fence and holds a bag of mulch.

Operation United: Student veterans, Student Affairs staff volunteer time to improve veteran's yard

The project was part of the Heart of West Michigan United Way's Operation United, an annual event that mobilizes volunteers to assist veterans and active military families with house or yard projects.

May 10, 2024

Two graduates react with joy after receiving their diplomas.

GVSU in photos, April 2024: Celebrating Lakers for a Lifetime

See the images that caught our eye in the last month.

May 1, 2024

Sydney Lim from the back with her esports jersey on, No. 7 with name Slim, giving two thumbs up

Game Changers: Women-only esports team does well in premiere competition

The Laker Esports Center has intentionally hosted women-only game nights and recruited women and students from diverse genders to play on teams.

Apr 30, 2024

President Mantella shaking hands with a student veteran wearing his cords.

'Waddle of Honor': Celebration honors and salutes student veteran graduates

Friends, family, faculty and staff gathered at the Kirkhof Center on April 22 to honor and celebrate 19 Laker veterans and service members who will be graduating during commencement ceremonies this weekend.

Apr 24, 2024

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