FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

 
FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

        FAMILY GUIDE TO
       LAKER RESOURCES

2020-2021
FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
LAKER FAMILY
WELCOME
I am excited that your student has chosen Grand Valley State
University to be their home, their learning environment, and
their space to grow and become. I am confident that your
student will find our campuses and their fellow Lakers to be
welcoming, friendly, and supportive on their journey to shape
their lives, their professions, and their societies.

This guide details the resources and services available to
students at Grand Valley. More importantly, Lakers are always
there to support one another and this guide outlines the offices
and staff that are available to assist in answering questions and
help your student navigate their academic and co-curricular
journeys as Lakers for a Lifetime.

Welcome to the Laker Family!

Philomena V. Mantella
President

To make the most of this guide:
• Read the information and discuss it with your student
• Bookmark the Laker Family Network website: gvsu.edu/family
Grand Valley has published this guide in order to help inform you of
the resources available to your student. We hope this will be helpful
in maintaining a supportive connection with your student during
their college years.
FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LAKER FAMILY

               LAKER FAMILY ............................................ 1                                     LAKER FINANCES .................................... 24
               About Grand Valley ............................................................. 2              Financial Aid ......................................................................... 24
               Liberal Education .................................................................. 3          Student Employment....................................................... 24
               FERPA 101 ................................................................................. 3   Scholarships ......................................................................... 24
                                                                                                               MoneySmart Lakers ......................................................... 24
               LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS ...........4                                                         Banking and ATMs ............................................................ 25
               University Libraries ..............................................................6            Student Accounts.............................................................. 25
               Library Spaces ....................................................................... 7
               Library Collections and Resources .............................. 7                              LAKER LIVING .......................................... 26
               Tools for Academic Success ...........................................8                         Housing and Residence Life......................................... 26
               Student Success Network ................................................9                       Dining On Campus ............................................................ 28
               Academic Advising ............................................................ 10               Transportation ..................................................................... 29
               Advising Centers ...................................................................11          Living Off Campus ............................................................. 31
               Blueprint for Student Success ......................................12
               Study Abroad ....................................................................... 16         LAKER LIFE ................................................32
               Research and Scholarship ...............................................17                      Office of Student Life ...................................................... 32
               Fellowships..............................................................................17     Campus Activities.............................................................. 32
                                                                                                               Student Organizations .................................................... 32
               LAKER SUPPORT ...................................... 18                                         Civic Engagement ............................................................. 33
               Career Center ....................................................................... 18        Leadership Development .............................................. 33
               University Counseling Center ......................................20                           Recreation & Wellness..................................................... 34
               Information Technology Support ................................21                               Department of Music, Theatre,
               Division Of Inclusion And Equity ............................... 22                             and Dance Opportunities .............................................. 35
               Campus Interfaith Resources ...................................... 22                           Finding Fun on Campus ................................................. 36
               Disability Support Resources ...................................... 22                          Fun Downtown and Around ......................................... 36
               Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center .................... 22                                     Life in West Michigan....................................................... 37
               Office of Multicultural Affairs ...................................... 23
               Title IX And Gender Equity........................................... 23                        LAKER RESOURCES ................................ 38
               Gayle R. Davis Center for Women                                                                 Laker Glossary of Terms ................................................ 42
               and Gender Equity ............................................................ 23               Important Contacts .......................................................... 43
                                                                                                               Notes ........................................................................................44
                                                                                                               Campus Maps ......................................................................46

                   The GVSU Family Guide is produced by the
                   Promotions Office, a part of the Office of
                   Student Life. It is a creative team of students
                   and full-time staff who promote campus
                   events and more through graphic design,
                   printing, posting on campus bulletin boards,
                   social media, photography, and film/video
                   services. Learn more at gvsu.edu/promotions.

                   The cover photo, featuring the Cook
                   Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus,
                   was taken by Kendra Stanley-Mills
                   (University Communications).
FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
LAKER FAMILY NETWORK

                                                                                                                        LAKER FAMILY
Welcome to the Laker Family Network, our parent and supporter resource here at Grand Valley! We care
about the success of both you and your student. Parents and supporters play an important role in their student’s
success; your student wouldn’t be where they are today, without you! We are thrilled to partner with you and help
guide you along the way. Parents and supporters have an opportunity to build relationships with the university by
attending events, volunteering, or signing up for our newsletter.

Supporting a college student is a transitional role for parents and supporters. Roles shift from daily monitoring to
weekly mentoring. Here are some recommendations and resources to help with this transition.

STAY INFORMED:                                                 your student’s problems. Instead, listen intently, ask
The Laker Family Network sends out monthly                     questions, and provide them the opportunity to
newsletters that provide timely information on                 create their own solution.
campus events, important resources for your
student, and ways for you to best support your                 Whether this is your first student attending college
student’s educational journey. Parents and                     or your third, the experience varies from student
supporters must opt in for newsletters on the Laker            to student. The college experience is intended to
Family Network website.                                        further student growth and development, and it
                                                               may take some time to determine some essential
IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS:                                       skills that will benefit your student. Growing into a
Help prepare your student by discussing                        mentoring relationship with your student may not
expectations and important topics such as                      always be easy, but learning to respect and value
academics, finances, belonging, wellness, and                  each other in new ways can strengthen your bond
safety. Utilize this guide and the Laker Family                even more.
Network website to help your student connect with
the appropriate campus resources.                              You have helped shape the foundation of your
                                                               student’s life. For that, we are grateful to you; we
CAMPUS EVENTS:                                                 look forward to getting to know you and your
Make sure your student attends the required fall               student. Welcome to the Laker Family Network!
orientation program, Transitions: New Student
Orientation (gvsu.edu/transitions). Other beneficial
events for new students are Laker Welcome Events
                                                                Recommended Resources
                                                                There are many great books that can help you
and Campus Life Night. These programs are
                                                                and your family in the transition from high school
designed to provide intentional opportunities to
                                                                to college. Fellow Grand Valley parents suggest:
build community and to share valuable information
with students as they acclimate to life as Lakers.              • The Happiest Kid on Campus by Harlan Cohen
                                                                  (for parents) or The Naked Roommate, also by
LISTEN & EMPOWER: While college can be a                          Harlan Cohen (for students)
wonderful experience for students, it can also                  • Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn and
be very challenging: a time of new freedoms,                      Madge Lawrence Treeger
new opportunities, new responsibilities, and                    • You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You
new friendships. Because you have always been                     Need Me) by Marjorie Savage
there, know that you will likely remain the “go-
                                                                • 1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before
to” person when your student experiences joy or
                                                                  They Leave Home or 1001 Things Every
disappointment. Resist the temptation to solve
                                                                  College Student Should Know, both by Harry
                                                                  H. Harrison, Jr.
                                                                • The iConnected Parent by Barbara K. Hofer
  Learn More
                                                                • How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  Visit the Laker Family Network website for
                                                                • Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the
  more information or to sign up for newsletters.
                                                                  Freshman Voyage by Kelly Radi
  gvsu.edu/family

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FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
ABOUT GRAND VALLEY
LAKER FAMILY

               Mission
               Grand Valley State University educates students        Learn More
               to shape their lives, their professions, and their     Visit gvsu.edu/strategicplanning for
               societies. The university contributes to the           more information.
               enrichment of society through excellent teaching,
               active scholarship, and public service.
                                                                       Grand Valley is proud to have eight colleges
               Vision                                                  offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate,
               Grand Valley State University demonstrates its          and doctoral degrees:
               commitment to providing an inclusive learning
                                                                       • Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
               environment where all students can explore new
               directions, find their niches, and develop skills       • College of Community and Public Service
               for life and productive careers. Grand Valley is        • College of Education
               known for increasingly innovative and outstanding       • College of Health Professions
               teaching, recognized scholarship, significant
                                                                       • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
               community engagement, and excellent stewardship
               of its resources. Our university inspires and equips    • Kirkhof College of Nursing
               students to be active life-long learners and global     • Seidman College of Business
               citizens. Grand Valley strives to be a model public     • Seymour and Esther Padnos College of
               university shaping leaders for success.                   Engineering and Computing

               Value Statements
               At Grand Valley, we value:
               • Excellence
               • Integrity
               • Inquiry
               • Inclusiveness
               • Community
               • Sustainability
               • Innovation

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LAKER FAMILY
                                                                           FERPA 101

                                                                           The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
                                                                           of 1974 (FERPA) also known as the Buckley
                                                                           Amendment, helps protect the privacy of student
LIBERAL EDUCATION                                                          records. Under FERPA, eligible students have the
                                                                           right to inspect and review their education records;
A strong liberal education serves as the foundation
                                                                           seek amendment of any records believed to be
for Grand Valley State University’s wide array of
                                                                           inaccurate; consent to disclosure of education
undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering
                                                                           records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes
critical thinking, creative problem solving, and
                                                                           disclosure without consent; and to file a complaint
cultural understanding. Through personalized
                                                                           with FPCO concerning potential violations.
learning enhanced by active scholarship, in which
                                                                           FERPA applies to students who are currently (or
faculty members contribute to the growth of
                                                                           formerly) enrolled in higher education, regardless
their fields, stay current in their professions, and
                                                                           of age or status. Grand Valley provides all students
enhance student learning in the classroom, Grand
                                                                           with full access to their records either in person or
Valley accomplishes its mission of educating
                                                                           by use of the university website.
students to shape their lives, their professions, and
their societies. Grand Valley’s liberal education                          FERPA identifies college students as adults
focus prepares students for life in a fast-changing                        responsible for determining who may receive
world. It fosters a commitment to economic, social,                        information about them. While guardians/parents
and environmental sustainability and an inclusive                          understandably have an interest in a student’s
campus that values diversity. Through this forward-                        academic progress, they are not automatically
thinking education, students are empowered to                              granted access to a student’s records without
positively affect the global community now                                 written consent of the student. Students can
and in the future.                                                         provide view access to their online records using
                                                                           the Guardian/Family Access tab in myBanner.
                                                                           Guardians/Parents are encouraged to consult with
                                                                           the student if academic information is needed.
                     George Grant, Jr., Ph.D., Dean
                     College of Community and Public Service
                                                                            Learn More
                                                                            Refer to the FERPA guidelines available on the
                                                                            Registrar’s website at gvsu.edu/registrar for
  “Never be afraid to ask questions. Knowledge comes from taking risks.”    more information.

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LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                             Tutoring Center                                         Writing Center
                             The Tutoring Center provides scheduled                  The Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan
                             tutoring for many 100- and 200-level courses.           Authors has offices on the Allendale and Pew Grand
                             Students can request a course specific tutor            Rapids campuses and provides help with writing
                             through the Tutoring Center website. Once a             for any course, at any stage of the writing process.
                             tutor is assigned, they will meet weekly for a          The center’s well-trained peer consultants can
                             one-hour session, typically in a small group.           help students brainstorm ideas, organize content,
                             Tutoring is provided by trained peer tutors             integrate research, polish a draft, and correctly
                             who have successfully completed the course              document sources. Drop-in times are available, as
                             and received recommendations from faculty.              well as scheduled appointments. Online support is
                             Tutoring assistance is free and open                    also available and students can drop-in or schedule
                             to all students.                                        appointments at all physical locations.

                             Drop-In Tutoring                                          Learn More
                             Several discipline specific drop-in centers offer         TUTORING CENTER
                             on demand support from faculty and peer tutors            Visit gvsu.edu/tc to request a tutor and for
                             without an appointment. Check the Tutoring                more information on drop-in centers.
                             Center website for more details.                          SLA & PASS
                             • Anatomy Tutor Lab                                       Visit gvsu.edu/sla for more information.
                             • BIO & BMS Drop-In Tutoring                              WRITING CENTER
                                                                                       Visit gvsu.edu/wc for more information.
                             • Chemistry Success Center
                                                                                       ACADEMIC COACHING
                             • CIS Student Success Center
                                                                                       Visit gvsu.edu/sasc for more information or to
                             • Engineering Drop-In Tutoring
                                                                                       make an appointment.
                             • Math Center
                             • Physics Help Corner
                             • Seidman College of Business Tutoring
                             • Stats Center

                             Structured Learning Assistance (SLA)
                             and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
                             These embedded tutoring programs provide
                             structured support through peer-led workshops
                             and/or tutoring as part of select courses. Peer
                             facilitators work with the course faculty and provide
                             weekly group review sessions and exam reviews.

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LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
Academic Success Workshops
Workshops are held throughout the year that
focus on a variety of academic success topics
including study skills, time management, motivation,                       Mark Schaub, Ph.D., Interim Dean
organization, goal setting, and much more. These                           Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

workshops are free for all students.

Academic Coaching Sessions                                 “As a parent of two Laker graduates, I am very happy with the
These one-on-one sessions with a professional             countless opportunities available to students here at GVSU. I’m
                                                            particularly partial to the high-impact experience of studying
coach will assist students to assess barriers to their       abroad, but am equally excited about the other experiential
academic success, and to develop a success plan that     learning available: internships, community engagement, working
                                                              on the Sustainable Agriculture Project (the “Farm”), and
may include academic coaching, learning strategies,        many more. The campus is great, but get off campus, too—to
                                                          experience Grand Rapids, West Michigan, and the wider world!”
or getting referrals to other university resources.
                                                         UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
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FAMILY GUIDE TO LAKER RESOURCES - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                             UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES                                   Visit the Data Inquiry Lab (DIL)
                                                                                    The Data Inquiry Lab, located within the Mary
                             Grand Valley University Libraries have the             Idema Pew Library, offers assistance with
                             resources and research services your student           quantitative data management, analysis, and
                             needs to succeed.                                      visualizations. From workshops and in-classroom
                                                                                    demonstrations to one-on-one consultation, the
                             Meet with a Liaison Librarian                          DIL’s purpose is to develop practical data skills of
                             Each academic program at Grand Valley has              GVSU students, faculty, and staff. Students may
                             a Liaison Librarian with related subject and           drop in, schedule an online consultation, or make
                             information expertise. Liaison Librarians visit        an in-person appointment.
                             classes to teach about research and available
                             resources. Liaison Librarians can help students        Visit the Technology Showcase
                             develop research questions, identify research          The Technology Showcase, located on the Atrium
                             strategies, evaluate the usefulness of specific        Level in the Mary Idema Pew Library, provides an
                             sources, and find relevant and reliable information,   immersive and engaging environment to interact,
                             including data, online. Liaison Librarians are         discover, and learn how innovative technologies can
                             available in person, by email, or by telephone.        improve student learning.

                             Visit the Knowledge Market                             Stop by the Service Desk
                             The Knowledge Market is a program uniquely             Staffed by knowledgeable library staff, the Service
                             designed to bring expertise for research, writing,     Desk is an easy place to ask for help! At their point
                             data, digital, and presentation support into one       of need, students can stop by, chat online, text, or
                             space. University Libraries, the Writing Center        tweet questions.
                             and Speech Lab are partners in this program.
                             Staffed by trained student consultants, the
                             Knowledge Market offers assistance for developing        Learn More
                             research strategies, honing writing skills, or           There is a wealth of information and
                             polishing presentations. Students may drop in or         resources available on the libraries website!
                             make an appointment at the Mary Idema Pew,               gvsu.edu/library
                             Steelcase Libraries, or online. The Knowledge
                             Market services are also available for remote
                             access through the Virtual Knowledge Market.
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LIBRARY SPACES                                         In addition to a full suite of student support services,

                                                                                                                              LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
                                                       your student will have access to the following:
GVSU libraries accommodate the mix of social           • A wide variety of study spaces to support both
and academic learning that students prefer, but          group and independent work
in an enriched environment that challenges their       • Late night hours varied by location with
thinking, accommodates their needs for comfort           extended hours during final exams
and community, and provides seamless support
                                                       • Laptops and other equipment available for
services for their assignments.
                                                         checkout at some locations

The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and                • Windows and Macintosh computers, printers,
Information Commons on the Allendale campus              scanners, and a variety of productivity software
provides an unprecedented array of spaces,               at most locations
furnishings, technology, and services to support       • Fast, easy ways to request materials from other
academic work and the development of skills your         libraries, including delivery to email
student will need to succeed during college and
                                                       • On-site IT support available at the Mary Idema
beyond. Seidman House, also on the Allendale
                                                         Pew Library
campus, houses rare and archival materials for
                                                       • Media and real-time programming to engage
students to use in their research; overlooking the
                                                         your student in diverse learning experiences
ravines, it is also a favorite quiet study space for
                                                         beyond the classroom
students during weekdays.
                                                       • Study rooms with large digital displays and
Two locations on the Pew Campus offer spaces             laptop connectivity designed for group
and services to support students located in              collaboration at some locations
downtown Grand Rapids. Students will find              • Robust wireless network that also provides
friendly staff and resources at Steelcase Library,       wireless printing from personal mobile devices
the Curriculum Materials Library located in the          (laptops, tablets, and phones)
Steelcase Library, and at the Frey Foundation
                                                       • University Libraries employs over 100 students
Learning Center in the Cook-DeVos Center for
                                                         in a variety of student jobs, and there are also
Health Sciences.
                                                         opportunities for internships

                                                       LIBRARY COLLECTIONS AND
                                                       RESOURCES

                                                       • Over one million online electronic books
                                                       • 300 electronic databases
                                                       • Over 400,000 printed books, serials, and
                                                         media items
                                                       • 70,000 print and electronic journals
                                                       Using our resources will help your student do
                                                       better work. We invite you to stop by when you
                                                       are on campus.

                                                                          Annie Bélanger, MLIS, Dean
                                                                          University Libraries

                                                         “It can be said that the libraries are the place where it is quiet
                                                          enough to hear yourself become who you will be and loud
                                                            enough to know that you are not alone in this journey.”

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TOOLS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                                                                                    The Planner tab assists your student with
                             MyPath                                                 planning courses to complete their desired
                             The myPath tool is designed to assist your student     program. Audits and planning blocks can be
                             to prepare and track academic progress toward          viewed on one screen. Your student can drag
                             graduation. It encompasses both a degree analysis      and drop courses into future semester blocks
                             audit and an educational planner.                      and type courses directly into planner boxes.
                                                                                    Courses should be entered as they appear in the
                             Your student can use myPath to produce a               catalog, for example, CHM 115, not Chemistry 115.
                             user-friendly degree audit. It also provides clearly
                             defined information for selecting coursework,          The audit will outline the courses needed to
                             understanding degree requirements, and                 meet degree, major, minor, and/or emphasis
                             developing an educational plan.                        requirements within each specific block.
                                                                                    Your student can use this information during
                             Your student can access myPath online by logging       discussions with an academic advisor.
                             into myBanner, selecting the “Student” tab, then
                             “Student Records”, then “myPath.”                       Learn More
                                                                                     Visit gvsu.edu/registrar/mypath for
                             The “What If” function allows your student to           more information.
                             hypothetically change their degree, catalog year,
                             major, minor, or emphasis. The “What if” function
                             will then show:
                             • Coursework required for the new major, minor,
                               or emphasis
                             • Previously taken courses that are applicable to
                               the new requirements
                             • Courses that still must be taken

                             Note that “What If” does not change the major/minor.
                             To declare a major, your student must go through
                             the major declaration process in myBanner.

                             Students should review myPath throughout the
                             academic year or after the following instances:
                             • Registering for classes
                             • Making changes to their schedule (drop/add)
                             • Receiving final grades
                             • Declaring, adding, or changing a major
                             • Applying for graduation

                             The myPath tool will verify that courses regis-
                             tered in the current and future semesters or the
                             final grades will satisfy specific requirements
                             toward your student’s degree.

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LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
STUDENT SUCCESS NETWORK
                                                                         Sherril Soman, Ph.D., Dean
The Student Success Network (SSN) connects                               College of Education
students to faculty partners and experienced un-
dergraduate students with the goal of enhancing
their first-year experience! Students will meet their
partners during Transitions New Student Orienta-         “Grand Valley State University provides exceptional advising
                                                        resources, including faculty and professional advisors to guide
tion, and during this year-long program they’ll have
                                                        our Lakers to academic success. It’s never too early to connect
opportunities to connect in person and receive
                                                                   with your assigned advisor via myPath.”
regular email communication. Partners are knowl-
edgeable of campus resources and serve as an im-
portant network to help students not only navigate
their first year as a college student but also help
them succeed at GVSU!

Benefits
• Learn about student success resources
• Develop strategies for academic success
• Receive guidance from a faculty member
  throughout the year
• Gain useful feedback as they develop as a
  college student
• Establish connections with an experienced
  undergraduate student who can provide tips
  to succeed

  Learn More
  Visit gvsu.edu/ssn for more information.

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ACADEMIC ADVISING                                                          FAQ Regarding Academic Matters:
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                                                                                                        Am I allowed to call and ask questions about my
                             Advising is an integral part of your student’s                             student’s class performance?
                             college education. The advising process                                    According to FERPA (Family Educational Rights
                             establishes a collaborative relationship between                           and Privacy Act of 1974) faculty and staff cannot
                             your student and an advisor in which the student                           discuss your student’s academic records unless
                             feels a sense of connection, support, and guidance.                        your student grants written permission for
                             Effective advising is developmental. It responds                           disclosures by designated university employees
                             to and creates growth and change within the                                (faculty or administrators). Steps on how your
                             student. Advising encourages students to think                             student can grant access can be found on the
                             critically, seek out resources, and develop action                         Registrar’s Web page in the section for Parents.
                             plans. It provides students with the information
                             and encouragement they need to take personal                               What happens if my student is late paying
                             responsibility for exploring options and making                            for tuition?
                             decisions. Ultimately, advising will allow your                            If a student does not pay for tuition on time,
                             student to achieve a meaningful and successful                             they will be dropped from all registered courses
                             educational experience.                                                    effective immediately following the payment
                                                                                                        deadline. Payment after the deadline does
                                                                                                        not guarantee a student a seat in the classes
                                                                                                        previously registered for; they will have to enroll in
                                                                                                        classes that still have available seats.
                               Student’s Role and Responsibilities
                               In Advising                                                              What happens if my student misses an exam?
                               1. Consider academic and career goals                                    While attendance policies can be class and
                                                                                                        instructor specific, GVSU students are expected
                               2. Write list of questions before each
                                                                                                        to attend class, to turn in work on the scheduled
                                  advising session
                                                                                                        due date, and to take all exams at the scheduled
                               3. Initiate contact with a faculty advisor and/or                        date and time. If a student misses class for an
                                  advising center                                                       illness or for a family emergency, documentation
                               4. Actively participate in advising sessions                             may be required prior to an opportunity to discuss
                                                                                                        accommodations. Faculty are not expected
                               5. Ask questions if unsure of a policy or procedure                      to provide opportunities to make up exams or
                               6. Know the academic calendar and do not                                 class assignments for unexcused absences. In
                                  miss deadlines                                                        particular, your student is expected to take the
                                                                                                        final examination on the scheduled day and time,
                               7. Know when to register and drop or add courses
                                                                                                        so please consider your student’s exam schedule
                               8. Schedule courses that are consistent with                             when planning family vacations.
                                  educational goals and will meet degree
                                  requirements                                                          What happens if my student chooses to retake a
                               9. Accept responsibility for making final                                course previously completed?
                                                                                                        A student may repeat any course one time. The
                                  decisions on academic choices
                                                                                                        grade for the second attempt will be the grade on
                                                                                                        record and will be figured into their grade point
                                                                                                        average, but all course attempts will remain on
                                                                                                        the official transcript. Repeating a course more
                                                                                                        than once is only allowed by the approval of the
                                                   Diana Lawson, Ph.D., Dean
                                                                                                        student’s academic advisor and the department,
                                                   Seidman College of Business                          and will generally only get approved for classes
                                                                                                        that are not in the student’s major field of study.

                                “At GVSU opportunities to LEARN abound. You’ll PRACTICE what
                                   you’re learning both in the classroom and in the community.
                                Ultimately, this transformational GROWTH experience will prepare
                                                                                                         Learn More
                               you to make a difference. Learn-Practice-Grow. It’s all here at GVSU.”    Visit gvsu.edu/advising for more information.

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ADVISING CENTERS

                                                                                                                LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
CLAS (College of Liberal Arts        College of Community and            Physical Therapy
& Sciences)                          Public Service                      Physician Assistant Studies
C-1-120 and C-1-140 Mackinac Hall,   321C Richard M. DeVos Center,       Public Health
Allendale (616) 331-8585             Grand Rapids                        Radiation Therapy
advstu@gvsu.edu                      (616) 331-6890                      Recreational Therapy
                                     ccpsadvisor@gvsu.edu                Respiratory Care
Exploratory Study (Undecided)                                            Speech Language Pathology
Advertising & Public Relations       Criminal Justice
Anthropology                         Hospitality & Tourism Management    Kirkhof College of Nursing
Art Education                        Legal Studies                       326 Cook-DeVos Center for
Art - Studio Art                     Public & Nonprofit Administration   Health Sciences, Grand Rapids
Art History                          Social Work                         (616) 331-7160
Behavioral Neurosciences                                                 kcon@gvsu.edu
Biochemistry                         College of Education
Biology                              401C Richard M. DeVos Center,       BSN- Nursing & Pre-nursing
Biomedical Sciences                  Grand Rapids                        RN to BSN and 2nd degree BSN
Cell & Molecular Biology             (616) 331-6650
Chemistry                            coeserve@gvsu.edu                   Brooks College of
Classics-Greek/Latin                                                     Interdisciplinary Studies
Communication Studies                Elementary Education                133 Lake Michigan Hall, Allendale
Comprehensive Science/Arts for       Secondary Education                 (616) 331-8200
    Teaching – Special Education     Special Education                   brooksadvising@gvsu.edu
Comprehensive Science/Arts for       Graduate Education Programs
    Teaching with Early Childhood                                        Environmental and Sustainability
Comprehensive Science/Arts           Seymour & Esther Padnos College         Studies
    for Teaching with Elementary     of Engineering and Computing        Global Studies and Social Impact
    Spanish                          101 Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids   Integrative Studies
Comprehensive Science/Arts for       & C-2-208 Mackinac Hall,            Religious Studies
    Teaching with ESL                Allendale                           Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dance                                (616) 331-6025
Earth Science                        pcecadvising@gvsu.edu               Seidman College of Business
English                                                                  1041 L. William Seidman Center,
Exercise Science                     Biomedical Engineering              Grand Rapids
Film & Video Production              Computer Engineering                (616) 331-7500
French                               Computer Science                    go2gvbiz@gvsu.edu
Geography and Sustainable Planning   Cybersecurity
Geology                              Electrical Engineering              Accounting
German                               Information Systems                 Business Economics
Health Communication                 Information Technology              Economics (BA/BS)
History                              Interdisciplinary Engineering       Entrepreneurship
Integrated Science                   Mechanical Engineering              Finance
International Relations              Occupational Safety & Health        General Business
Mathematics                              Management                      General Management
Microbiology                         Product Design & Manufacturing      Human Resources Management
Multimedia Journalism                    Engineering                     International Business
Music                                                                    Management-Information Systems
Natural Resource Management          College of Health Professions       Marketing
Philosophy                           113 Cook-DeVos Center for           Operations Management
Photography                          Health Sciences, Grand Rapids       Supply Chain Management
Physical Education                   (616) 331-5900
Physics                              chpss@gvsu.edu
Political Science
Psychology                           Allied Health Sciences
Social Studies                       Audiology
Sociology                            Cardiovascular Sonography
Spanish                              Clinical Dietetics
Sport Management                     Communication Sciences and
Statistics                               Disorders
Theater                              Diagnostical Medical Sonography
Writing                              Health Information Management
                                     Health Professional Degree
                                         Completion
                                     Histotechnology
                                     Medical Dosimetry
                                     Medical Laboratory Science
                                     Occupational Therapy

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BLUEPRINT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS                                                Support
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                                                                                                          Support is available to your student personally,
                             These pages introduce the four-year Blueprint for                            academically, and professionally through leadership
                             Student Success. The items noted include as-                                 opportunities, academic support services, and a
                             pects of curriculum and co-curriculum, campus                                wide variety of programs.
                             traditions, as well as learning outcomes noted in
                             “Learning Reconsidered” and AAC&U’s Liberal                                  Engagement
                             Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). A Grand                              Your student will be encouraged to engage in
                             Valley education is characterized by programs that                           both curricular and co-curricular aspects of their
                             challenge, support, and engage students in their                             education and by opportunities like internships,
                             academic experience.                                                         service learning, and off-campus programs, as well
                                                                                                          as by building relationships with faculty members.
                             Challenge
                             Your student will be challenged both inside and
                             outside the classroom as they learn the value of                                Learn More
                             liberal education. What is expected academically                                Visit gvsu.edu/advising/interactiveblueprint
                             of your student will be clearly communicated.                                   to view the Blueprint for Student Success.

                             FIRST YEAR Personal Transition Into College
                             For more information about student success visit www.gvsu.edu/sasc
                                                                          Review syllabi
                                        Log in to                          on first day
                                       Handshake          Attend           of class and          Connect with     Explore majors    Check your           Utilize
                                         to seek      Transitions and     make note of          faculty during    and careers at     mid-term          academic
                                      campus jobs       Convocation         due dates            office hours      Majors Fair        grades           resources

                              Move in and      Engage with       Attend Campus         Participate in        Take       Sign up to live     Participate in   Complete FAFSA
                             Laker Welcome    GVSU’s diverse        Life Night           Campus         mySuccessCheck on campus your           Make a        and apply for
                                               communities                              Recreation          survey       second year        Difference Day     scholarships
                                               and cultures

                             SECOND YEAR Exploration of the College Community

                                                                                                                            Engage with
                                         Confirm           Participate             Attend                  Attend          GVSU’s diverse    Prepare secondary
                                      academic year        in Campus              Teach-In              Undergraduate       communities        admit program
                                        schedule            Life Night                                  Research Fair       and cultures        applications

                              Volunteer for     Review syllabi       Sign up to live          Expand your         Utilize Career   Complete FAFSA         Learn how
                             Helping Hands       on first day          on campus               leadership,         Center and       and apply for          to be a
                               and Laker         of class and        your third year             service          attend career      scholarships        MoneySmart
                                Welcome         make note of                                  involvement             events                                Laker
                                                  due dates
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LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
                       Review syllabi
                        on first day                                          Register for next Explore research
    Explore campus      of class and      Participate in       Explore         academic year opportunities by
      leadership       make note of        MLK Week         study abroad        including an attending Student            Finish 30
     opportunities       due dates           events         opportunities        SWS class       Scholars Day              credits

               Prepare for        Find ways to      Connect with        Meet with           Confirm           Prepare for           Attain
               final exams        get involved     faculty during     your academic       summer plans        final exams         dean’s list
                                   on campus        office hours         advisor

Meet with faculty                          Connect with      Explore research,
 about graduate         Find a             academic and       internship, and        Register for          Volunteer at
and professional        faculty         professional student   study abroad         next academic            Student                Attain
school programs         mentor             organizations       opportunities             year              Scholars Day           dean’s list

           Review syllabi    Get involved with      Meet with your            Attend           Participate in      Finish 60 Credits
            on first day          campus           academic advisor         Career Fair          community
            of class and         traditions                                                   service activities
           make note of
             due dates
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THIRD YEAR Involvement in the Larger Community
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                                          Confirm            Host a table         Meet with your       Explore competitive                            Participate in
                                       academic year         at Campus           academic advisor       scholarships and        Participate in          research
                                         schedule             Life Night                                   fellowships          Homecoming             experience

                              Volunteer for      Review syllabi       Sign up to live          Take leadership       Participate in         Complete FAFSA
                             Helping Hands        on first day       on campus your                role with           Teach-In              and apply for
                               and Laker          of class and          fourth year           Registered Student                              scholarships
                                Welcome          make note of                                 Organization (RSO)
                                                   due dates

                             FOURTH YEAR Transition to Career
                                        Review syllabi
                                         on first day            Continue            Request and secure
                                         of class and         involvement in          letters of reference                                 Complete
                                        make note of         campus activities       for job and graduate          Apply to            graduation audit
                                          due dates            and traditions         school applications          graduate            with your advisor

                                Confirm               Plan future            Utilize Career         Submit graduate             Attend              Book hotels and
                               academic             finances with           Center to begin         and professional          Career Fair          dinner reservations
                             year schedule          Financial Aid             job search           school applications                               for graduation
                                                                                                                                                         guests

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               Attend            Network with                                 Prepare to take      Register for next
            Graduate and          alumni and             Apply to be a         graduate and         academic year          Finish 90
            Professional        professionals in         tutor or peer          professional         including an       credits and earn
            School Fairs           your field               mentor            entrance exams          SWS class           Grand Finish

     Attend            Engage with             Study               Participate in     Confirm progress in        Present at              Attain
   Career Fair        GVSU’s diverse           Abroad               internship,         major and minor           Student              dean’s list
                     communities and                                  co-op, or       coursework, general       Scholars Day
                         cultures                                    practicum      education, and review all
                                                                                    graduation requirements

  Network with          Update resume               Present at           Present research
professionals and       and job search               Student               at a national           Attend                 Complete
    employers              portfolio               Scholars Day              meeting            Commencement             grad survey

             Participate in            Mentor               Attend GradFest          Post photos of        Learn about your          Carry on the
              internship,           successors in           and prepare for           your favorite         membership in             Laker for a
                co-op, or         leadership roles          Commencement               places on             Grand Valley         Lifetime tradition
               practicum                                                                campus            Alumni Association

                                                                                                  • Stay Informed

                                                                                                  • Get Involved

                                                                                                  • Give Back

                                                                                                  • Laker Pride
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STUDY ABROAD
LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS

                             The Barbara and Stuart Padnos International
                             Center facilitates study abroad programs for
                             Grand Valley students. Study abroad is a unique
                             opportunity for students to earn credit towards
                             their degree in another country on programs
                             ranging from two weeks to a full year. More than
                             800 Grand Valley students complete a study
                             abroad program each year, with most students
                             identifying their time overseas as one of the most
                             impactful experiences of their college career.
                                                                                    Programs
                             Why Study Abroad?                                      GVSU students can choose from over 4,000
                             • Intercultural communication skills                   study abroad programs. In addition to 60+ GVSU
                                                                                    programs, students can participate in one of
                             • Knowledge of other cultures
                                                                                    our many affiliate programs, making it easy for
                             • Experience in an international academic/work/        students to find an opportunity that is a good
                               social environment                                   fit. There are programs for every academic track
                             • Ability to work in diverse teams                     at GVSU in every region of the world. Students
                             • Foreign language experience                          are encouraged to visit the Padnos International
                                                                                    Center and work with a Study Abroad Advisor to
                             • Maturity, flexibility, and independence
                                                                                    help them plan a program.

                             Cost and Funding
                             Study abroad program costs vary depending on
                             the program. While some are more expensive,             Learn More
                             some programs may save students money when              Visit gvsu.edu/studyabroad, contact the
                             compared to the cost of a semester at Grand             Padnos International Center at
                             Valley. Students can use financial aid, scholarships    studyabroad@gvsu.edu, or visit 130 Lake Ontario
                             and grants to help fund their study abroad. GVSU        Hall during office hours for more information.
                             awards over $400,000 in study abroad scholarships
                             every year.

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LAKER LEARNING AND SUCCESS
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

The Office of Undergraduate Research
and Scholarship (OURS) offers a variety of
opportunities and resources for undergrad-
uates to pursue creative work, scholarship,
and research in various disciplines under the
direction of a faculty mentor. These opportuni-
ties will enrich academic experiences for
students and challenge them to strengthen their
critical, analytical, and writing skills. Students
who participate in these opportunities will gain
a competitive edge when applying to graduate
schools and jobs post-graduation.

OURS programs and staff members support all
aspects of the research and creative process
including connecting with research faculty
members, fellowships for conducting summer
research, and travel grants to attend academic
conferences and exhibits.

                                                     Learn More
FELLOWSHIPS
                                                     RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
                                                     Visit gvsu.edu/ours for more information.
The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships
                                                     FELLOWSHIPS
supports students and alumni in obtaining
                                                     Visit gvsu.edu/fellowships for more information.
nationally competitive awards. While a wide
range of opportunities exist, students are more
often awarded external funding for domestic
and overseas research, study, service learning,
leadership development, internships and co-                            Cynthia A. McCurren, Ph.D., Dean
                                                                       Kirkhof College of Nursing
ops. Likewise, graduating seniors and alumni
have been awarded full-funding to conduct
independent research, to complete full graduate
degree programs, to teach English abroad, and         “As parents, it is important to acknowledge that students will
to support post-graduate service, internship,         have success but also disappointment during this new journey
leadership development and service opportunities     into campus life. As a university, we want parents to be involved,
and more. We encourage students to reach out           to encourage and congratulate your students, and also help

early in their time at GVSU to maximize access to    pick them back up when things do not go well. What is the best

these opportunities, especially as some awards are    way to help? Support your student to solve issues, but do not
                                                                     attempt to solve them yourself.”
limited to first-year or second-year students.

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LAKER SUPPORT
LAKER SUPPORT

                Grand Valley offers numerous services to each student that help them develop and grow as a student and an
                informed citizen. Learn about the many resources available to your student while they attend Grand Valley.

                CAREER CENTER                                           Explore the World of Work
                                                                        Majors Fair, Career Fairs, Grad Fair, informational
                Almost 30% of Career Center Appointments &              interviews, and job shadows are just a few ways
                Employer Event Attendees are First Year Students        Career Center staff members help students
                                                                        connect to the world of work. First year students
                Why First Year Students Visit the Career Center:        often believe these events are only for upper class
                • Develop short and long-term career plans (What        students—nothing could be further from the truth—
                  do I want to do THIS year? When I graduate?)          active career exploration and planning takes time.
                • Learn More About Majors, Occupations,
                  & Employers                                           Get Experience
                • Meet Their Career Advisor (Everyone Has One!)         On campus employment, summer jobs, volunteer
                                                                        positions, and internships are great ways to
                Whether your student is confident, comfortable,         cultivate work-related skills and to connect
                or exploring their major/career decisions,              classroom learning to the workplace. Additionally,
                connecting early and often with the Career              80 percent of internships lead to full-time job
                Center makes sense. Ways to connect include:            offers. Find opportunities on Handshake, an
                                                                        online resource where students can interact
                Visiting CareerLab                                      with employers from all industries. Encourage
                Open daily, CareerLab is a space where students         your student to get their Handshake profile
                can drop in, work alongside peer and professional       started today!
                advisors on tasks ranging from interview prep,
                and resume creation to completion of Focus II,
                an online, personalized career and educational
                                                                          Learn More
                planning tool. It’s the perfect place to ask career-
                                                                          Visit gvsu.edu/careers for more information.
                related questions about current work situations,
                graduate school, summer jobs and internships.

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LAKER SUPPORT
Ways Parents & Supporters Can Help:                   you get there? Do you have short and long term
ASK QUESTIONS                                         plans related to your future? Have you considered
Some questions to ask: What are you good              using Career Center as a planning resource?
at? What do you like to do? What are your             There are no right or wrong answers to career
interests, passions, and values? What are your        questions. Only individual answers: answers that
skills and abilities? What are ways you can gain      may change through education, new experiences,
experience on campus? What did you learn about        and engaging the world of work.
yourself from volunteering/attending an event/
working on campus/doing research? Have you
visited the Career Center website? Made an
                                                                        Roy Olsson, Ph.D., Dean
appointment with a Career Advisor? Attended a                           College of Health Professions

career event? Met with a faculty member? Do you
know about the world of work? Have you talked
with a professional in your field of interest? Job      “Express excitement about the new adventure they are about
shadowed to see what work is like? As it relates to     to begin; there will be pitfalls and great accomplishments. Be
your career, where do you want to go? How will            encouraging while allowing them to stand on their own.”

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER                            Confidentiality
LAKER SUPPORT

                                                                        University Counseling Center services are
                Located in the Student Services Center, the mission     confidential, with the following exceptions:
                of the University Counseling Center is to enhance       • Clear and imminent danger to oneself or others
                the healthy development of our diverse campus
                                                                        • Disclosure of the abuse or neglect of a child or
                community through prevention and education,
                                                                          vulnerable adult
                psychological services, and consultation.
                                                                        • A court order for records
                Counseling Services                                     • Written permission by the client
                The University Counseling Center is staffed by a
                diverse team of professional counselors committed       Due to confidentiality, the Center is unable to
                to the well-being of individual students and the        disclose a student’s client status or information
                campus community. Student concerns that might           related to services that a student has received.
                benefit from counseling are varied, but include,
                among others, academic difficulties, relationship       ACES
                issues, or feelings of anxiety or depression.           The Alcohol and Other Drugs Campus Education
                Counselors and students work together to                Services (ACES) office provides education and
                determine the best course of treatment, which may       support to students regarding alcohol and other
                involve individual counseling, group counseling, or     drug choices. Substance use can have a negative
                referral to a community provider.                       effect on student health, academic success, and
                                                                        career goals. ACES educates GVSU students on
                Individual counseling is available on short-term        safe and responsible decision making through
                basis, per Center policy. General therapy and           prevention and education programs, counseling
                skills groups are available weekly and offer            services, and recovery support. Students can find
                both professional and peer support to students          the help they need to keep focused on their goals
                experiencing a wide range of personal concerns.         and not allow substance use to become the center
                Additionally, outreach workshops and events are         of their college experience.
                scheduled throughout the year to provide students
                the knowledge and resources necessary to                ACES hosts daily 12-step meetings for students
                maximize their emotional and physical health.           who may be starting a period of abstinence or
                                                                        have a desire to stop substance use. In addition,
                Appointments                                            ACES provides recovery coaching and substance
                The University Counseling Center offers counseling      abuse support groups to help students make
                at both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses.        changes in their substance use behaviors.
                Students may schedule appointments for either
                location by contacting the Allendale office at          Grand Valley takes alcohol and other drug issues
                (616) 331-3266 or by visiting 204 STU during            seriously and enforces local, state, and federal
                business hours.                                         laws. ACES helps students to be aware of health
                                                                        and safety issues, as well as implications of
                Fees                                                    their alcohol and drug use. ACES strives to help
                Counseling services are free to currently enrolled      students be safe, be smart, and be responsible
                Grand Valley students. Psychological testing and        when it comes to alcohol and drugs.
                other evaluation and documentation services are
                available for a fee.
                                                                         Learn More
                Accreditation and Licensure                              UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER
                The University Counseling Center is accredited by        Visit gvsu.edu/counsel to learn more about
                the International Association of Counseling Services.    University Counseling Center services and to
                Members of the professional staff who provide            access self-help tools.
                mental health services are appropriately licensed in
                                                                         ACES SERVICES
                their respective fields. The Center also employs a
                                                                         Visit gvsu.edu/aces or call (616) 331-2537.
                number of doctoral and master-level interns, each
                of whom is supervised by a fully-licensed clinician.
                The doctoral internship program is accredited by
                the American Psychological Association.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                                                       LAKER SUPPORT
SUPPORT

Students at Grand Valley have access to the latest
in computer technology to prepare them with
essential skills to succeed.

Resources include:
• Secure high-speed, campus-wide network
• Library access
• Computer labs/classrooms and kiosks
• Information Technology Help Desk
• Technology Showcase, an interactive and
  engaging environment to discover, learn, and
  share how innovative emerging technologies can
  enhance teaching and improve student learning
• Web and Mobile Services

Computer Accounts
All students have a single computer account that
allows access to specific applications or services
pertaining to technology. The following are
provided to students:

Network Access: Main access to computer labs
and library access

Email: GVSU Google email and Google Docs
allows communication for university business

Blackboard: Courseware application that allows       Learn More
for communication of course materials                myGV Mobile App: The mobile app (myGV)
                                                     provides secure access to data via mobile
MyBanner: Scheduling, registration, and other        device. myGV is available to download on
tasks concerning classes as well as the ability to   Google Play or the App Store.
maintain and retrieve personal data stored with
the Records Department

Network Storage: Students have access to
25 GB of network disk storage for academic                            Frederick J. Antczak, Ph.D., Dean
                                                                      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
purposes. The storage space is for use in all
courses and can be accessed on or off campus

Personal Web Space: Students have access to a           “In the long run, what is most “practical” for students in

server to develop personal web pages or for use       college to study is what they’re good at, and what they are
                                                      excited about. As the website for each major can show you,
in web development courses
                                                        there are jobs for graduates in any major. So choosing a
                                                      course of study — and getting the most for the money and
                                                     the irreplaceable time they will invest — is a choice about how
                                                             to make a life as well as how to make a living.”

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DIVISION OF INCLUSION AND EQUITY                         taking assistance, Allendale campus transportation,
LAKER SUPPORT

                                                                         housing modifications, and assistive technology are
                The Division of Inclusion and Equity advances            some of the services available in DSR. We also offer
                Grand Valley’s social justice framework for equity       a mentorship program for students with Autism
                and inclusion and assures compliance with laws           Spectrum Disorder (ASD) called Campus Links.
                related to civil rights. The division coordinates
                sustainable and strategic institutional efforts          MILTON E. FORD LGBT
                to engage all members of the community while             RESOURCE CENTER
                also intentionally supporting and advocating for
                historically underrepresented communities. The           The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center offers
                division’s work furthers the university’s liberal        many programs and resources to enrich and support
                education and student-centered mission. The              the LGBTQIA+ campus community. Through a
                division carries out this work through a variety of      combination of educational programming and
                offices including those listed on these pages.           community-building opportunities, students connect
                                                                         with each other, the center, and the university.
                CAMPUS INTERFAITH RESOURCES
                                                                         Located in the Russel H. Kirkhof Center, the center
                Campus Interfaith Resources, located in the Russel       is a community space where students meet with
                H. Kirkhof Center, provides opportunities for            friends, spend time between classes, and access
                positive interfaith engagement around the religious,     LGBTQIA+ inclusive resources. The center offers a
                secular, and spiritual diversity of students, staff      variety of programs throughout the year, including
                members, and faculty members. The aim of this            featured guest speakers, Queer Connections
                work is to foster a campus climate inclusive of          Mentoring Program, Queer and Trans 101 workshops,
                various identities and communities, to ensure that       Lavender Graduation, and events celebrating
                students are able to develop their worldviews in         National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of
                an affirming environment, and to promote an open         Visibility, and more. The center also hosts a number
                and pluralist understanding of increasingly diverse      of ongoing programs facilitated by student leaders.
                schools, workplaces, and communities.                    • First-year Queer Alliance (FQA) helps first-
                                                                           year LGBTQIA+ and allied students develop
                Some of the religious and interfaith services and          strategies for a successful first year by creating
                resources at Grand Valley:                                 meaningful connections to each other and the
                • Faith-based, spiritual, and secular student              campus community.
                  organizations
                                                                         • Colors of Pride is a weekly program for LGBTQIA+
                • Interfaith Reflection Rooms located at 2243              students of color. Meetings include discussions,
                   Kirkhof Center, 309E DeVos, and 166 CHS                 resource sharing, community building, and peer-
                • Interfaith community service projects both on            to peer education.
                   campus and with community partners                    • T2 is a weekly program for transgender and non-
                • On-going opportunities for interfaith dialogue.          binary students as well as those questioning or
                                                                           exploring their gender.
                DISABILITY SUPPORT RESOURCES                             • Ace of Clubs is a program for students who
                                                                           identify on the asexual or aromantic spectrums
                Disability Support Resources (DSR), located in the         and meets twice a month to provide a space of
                Blue Connection (CON) on the Allendale campus,             support, discussion, and engagement.
                provides support resources and accommodations
                that enhance the environment for persons with
                disabilities, and helps educate the university
                community on disability issues. Program advisors
                work with students to determine reasonable
                accommodations and can assist with course
                selection, scheduling, and exploration of their areas
                of career interest. Advisors may suggest referrals to
                other offices on campus for more comprehensive
                service in these areas. Alternative format textbooks,
                alternative testing, learning skills assistance, note-

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