diversity

Student senate hosts first annual ‘human library project’

Not every student has the opportunity to have a conversation with a police officer and a member of the LGBT community together over lunch. At student senate’s first ever “Human Library Project,” held Monday, April 10, where Grand Valley State University students had the chance to ask questions to a group of human “books” from diverse backgrounds.

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School supply drive to support study abroad in South Africa

Providing students with rich, global experiences and friendships to last a lifetime, study abroad at Grand Valley State University combines academics with service to communities as part of the “Laker Effect.” With this in mind, the women, gender and sexuality studies department (WGS) and the GVSU Women’s Center teamed up in 2012 to start a six-week program held abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Annual RICE Conference combats racial injustice

Imagine Chinese-American food served to a Chinese audience or Mississippi banjo music all sung in Mandarin Chinese. These are some of the collaborative efforts between American and Asian communities that inspire Caleb Sawin, president of the Grand Valley State University Chinese Language and Culture club.

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GV Alternative Breaks hosts "LGBTQ in Medicine"

As part of its monthly educational event series, “Transformation Tuesdays,” Grand Valley Alternative Breaks (GVAB) hosted an informational event called “LGBTQ in Medicine.” The purpose of these events is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about a variety of important topics.

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GVSU houses a new campus drag club

Courtesy of Grand Valley State University’s newly formed drag club, not all Mondays are dull. On a weekly basis, students can gather in the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center for a night filled with colorful outfits, diverse company and topics in drag.

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"Chosen Family, Chosen Name, Separatist, Safe Space, Ex-Pat, Invert, Homophile, Homestead" display

'Almost Home'

Across the globe, the idea of home translates differently from person to person. In general terms, the word simply means a place of residence, family or a location with fond memories. For others, this concept is not conveyed in a traditional standpoint. With this vision in mind, Grand Rapids artist Anna Campbell, assistant professor in Grand Valley State University’s department of art and design, created her work “Chosen Family, Chosen Name, Separatist, Safe Space, Ex-Pat, Invert, Homophile, Homestead,” which was on display at the Mary Idema Pew Library Friday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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Students spend time in the LGBT Resource Center on Tuesday, January 18, 2017.

GVSU 'Out List' promotes solidarity to LGBT youth

Whether it is finding community among peers or cultivating a mentorship, connections based on common ground and lived experiences play a significant role in gaining comfort in one’s personal identity. For this reason, Grand Valley State University has created an “Out List,” a collection of faculty and staff who openly identify as part of the LGBT community.

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GVL/Archive - Drag queen Gabriella Galore performs during the Rainbow Social on Friday Sept. 11, 2015 inside the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center.

Unsafe for the holidays

While countless students at Grand Valley State University are looking forward to holiday break and time with family away from school, many students who identify within the LGBT community are hesitant to return to their childhood home.

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