The Women's Commission is the longest-established faculty/staff affinity group at Grand Valley. Since 1996, the Commission has been advocating for all women on campus by acting on their issues and by promoting equity and social justice, ever conscious of the intersection of race, class, gender, and orientation.

As we enter our 26th year, we are continuing our legacy of creating dialogue, celebrating women's leadership, and exploring issues of advocacy. We hope that you find the events, resources, and opportunities posted on our site valuable. With the support of the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Women's Commission proudly sponsors the annual Fall Welcome, Reflections Mentorship Panel, Celebrating Women Awards, and Her Story series.

In the spirit of collaboration, we invite you to get involved in this meaningful work on behalf of all women. For more information, please contact [email protected] or attend an upcoming meeting.

2022-2023 Women's Commission Calendar

There's no better time than now to become active in the Women's Commission!

Your insight and help is valuable as we prioritize initiatives for the year and identify speakers for our annual events including the Fall Welcome, HerStory, and Reflections. No previous involvement in the Women's Commission is required. 

Upcoming Events




April Conscious Conversation & Membership Meeting

Topic: TBD

Friday, April 14


Kirkhof 1142 & ZOOM

No RSVP required

Membership Meeting


Friday, May 12


Kirkhof 1142 & ZOOM

No RSVP required

Past Events



Fall Welcome featuring keynote address from Provost Fatma Mili

Friday, September 9



October Conscious Conversation & Membership Meeting

Topic: Reproductive Freedom

Friday, October 7



MI-ACE Women of Color Collaborative Virtual Fall Luncheon

Friday, November 4

11:30am - 1:00pm


HerStory featuring Jennifer Drake, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, November 30

12:00pm - 1:30pm


December Conscious Conversation & Membership Meeting

Topic: Teach-In Takeaways and Holiday Mindfulness

Friday, December 9



Reflections Annual Women's Leadership Panel featuring: 

Takeelia Garrett, Student Ombuds, Division of Student Affairs

Samhita Rhodes, Director, Engineering Graduate Program

Lisa Surman, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost

Kara Van Dam, Vice Provost, Graduate & Lifetime Learning

Thursday, January 26

3:00pm - 5:00pm


February Conscious Conversation & Membership Meeting

Topic: Elder/Child Care

Friday, February 3



HerStory featuring Annie Bélanger, Dean of University Libraries

Wednesday, February 22

12:00pm - 1:30pm


March Conscious Conversation & Membership Meeting

Friday, March 3



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