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Democracy 101 event to focus on marriage rights, religious liberty

After same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015, many people are now questioning the boundaries of freedom to practice religion and laws that protect LGBT persons against discrimination.  The Democracy 101 event “Whose Rights? Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Room 2266 of the Kirkhof Center, and will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Darren Walhof, professor in the political science department at Grand Valley State University, will be presenting at the program. 

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Health Forum of West Michigan to examine root of opioid epidemic

Opioids are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a class of drugs used to reduce pain. Some can be prescribed, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, and others, like heroin, are sold illegally. Nevertheless, 116 people died every day in 2016 from opioid-related overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To fight this growing problem, the event “Health Forum of West Michigan: Opioid Epidemic 2018” is being held Friday, Feb. 2.  

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Students check out Becky Baker's therapy dog, Lilley. The Volunteer/Non-Profit Internship Fair was held in Henry Hall on Thursday, Sep. 8, 2016.

Volunteer, internship fair taking place at GVSU

Grand Valley State University's Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair will take place Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the L. William Seidman Center, located on the Pew Campus. The fair is a collaboration between the Community Service Learning Center and the Career Center. 

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GVL/Hannah Zajac— Professor Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz gives a lecture called “Why Didn't They Get Legal” on Thursday 25 Jan 2017.

'Why Didn't They Get Legal?' tackles immigration issues

Visiting professor Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz fitted an audience of students and faculty members in the shoes of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 25.  Gomberg-Muñoz was at Grand Valley State University to lead a lecture titled “Why Didn’t They Get Legal?” The lecture took place in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room and was live-streamed to an audience on the Pew Campus.

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Visiting Columbia professor to discuss 'hip-hop education' at GVSU

At Grand Valley State University, students are working together to build stronger relationships between African-American students and faculty. As part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs' (OMA) celebration of Black History Month, the Black Student Union (BSU) at GVSU has invited Christopher Emdin, professor of science education at Columbia University, to speak on the education of students of color at GVSU. 

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. GVSU Multicultural Affairs held "Conversations of Color" on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

'Conversations of Color' discusses national-anthem kneeling controversy

Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in August 2016 because he believed the U.S. flag did not represent what it was supposed to represent and he wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. Kaepernick couldn’t have known the immense national debate that would ensue, nor the possibility that it would contribute to ending his career. Britney Underwood, a graduate assistant for Grand Valley State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, elaborated on Kaepernick’s cause during the “Conversations of Color: The NFL and #TakeAKnee Controversy” event on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

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Donor driver licences on Wednesday January 24, 2018.

Gift of Life Campus Challenge returns to GVSU

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, someone is added to the national transplant list every 10 minutes, and approximately 20 people waiting for a transplant die every day.  Until Tuesday, Feb. 20, colleges and universities in Michigan, including Grand Valley State University, are taking part in the Gift of Life Campus Challenge to help more Michigan residents register to be organ donors. 

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