Celebrate Women's History Month
Written by Leah Erben, Isabella Gielniak and Sarah Krishef
Posted on March 2, 2022
This Women’s History Month, we are shining a spotlight on some of the GVSU organizations and programs that strive for gender equity. Keep reading to learn more about the important Grand Valley resources available for women in the Laker community.
Women in the Workforce
GVSU houses a variety of career-specific student organizations that offer support and guidance for Grand Valley women as they begin their professional journeys.
Jacquelin Doran, the president of Women in Computing (WIC), says that her organization helps to “create connections with female students that are in different stages in the [School of Computing].” Jacquelin also tells us that WIC provides a comfortable space for members to discuss creative and technical topics.
Women in Sports
Women’s Club Sports provide a vast variety of opportunities for athletes to find a supportive community here at GV.
“Being on the women’s water polo team has helped me grow my confidence at GVSU,” says Julia Michalik, vice president of Women’s Water Polo Club. “Being surrounded by women everyday at practice helps teach me how to strengthen myself as a woman so I can protect myself and the women around me.”
Women of Color
You Beautiful Black Woman (YBBW) is a cultural student organization that encourages unity through the strength, beauty, and power of African American women.
“...I think personally I have formed great relationships that have helped me learn more about myself,” says YBBW member Kyla Dukes. “YBBW has also empowered me to know what to expect from others, peers, future careers, and relationships by having important conversations in the context of being a Black woman on campus.”
Positive Black Women is another important program that aims to provide support for women of color on campus. Other GVSU resources open to all women of color include the Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC), NIARA, and the University Counseling Center.
There are so many more programs and organizations that work hard to support GVSU women including Changing Health Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG), Girls United Against Real Dangers (GUARD), the GVSU Panhellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council.
If you’re a GVSU woman, know that there are plenty of resources here at GV to support and guide you through your college experience and beyond.