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Delta Phi Lambda to showcase different cultures at annual event

On Friday, Nov. 9, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority will be hosting their annual Global Gala in order to showcase the different cultures at Grand Valley State University. This event will take place at the Grand River Room in the Kirkhof Center 2250 at 6 p.m.  The event will consist of a variety of performances by student organizations, as well as free food and raffle prizes.  “I am excited to be able to bring people together,” said Jennifer Ung, Co-Planning Chair of the event and President of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority. “With a lot of hate and differences in this world, it is important to bring people together through common interests.”

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Support global Lakers at annual Study Abroad Celebration

At Grand Valley State University, opportunities to study abroad are nearly endless. From two-week trips to yearlong stays, faculty-led programs to non-GVSU programs, there is a study abroad trip perfect for each and every Laker.   This Friday, Nov. 2, the Padnos International Center is hosting its sixth annual Global Laker Celebration, an event that celebrates the study abroad opportunities at GVSU, as well as helps fund future trips. The celebration will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

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GVSU to hold Day of the Dead celebration

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has been an integral part of the Mexican culture ever since the Spanish invaders introduced the custom in the early 1500’s. Now, Grand Valley State University aims to honor this tradition by sponsoring a Day of the Dead Celebration to educate students on the importance of the holiday.  On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Latin American Studies and Modern Languages and Literature programs are hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration in the GVSU Fredrick Meijer Honors College. True to its origin, this event is a time to remember lost loved ones and celebrate their memory. There will be an authentic Mexican ofrenda, live music and food to insure students the full Día de los Muertos experience. 

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Event set to discuss GV’s history of diversity

Grand Valley State University was established in 1960, right in the midst of the civil rights movement. At the time of opening, GVSU was predominantly white, and it wasn’t until the end of the civil rights movement that African Americans were truly integrated into the GVSU community. Years later, diversity is not only celebrated at GVSU, but is also a major priority.  To celebrate the diversity of the GVSU community, as well as recognize the history and bravery behind it, the GVSU African American Alumni Chapter is partnering with the Division of Inclusion and Equity to sponsor an event called “Paving the Way for Future Generations: Stories of African Americans Who Were Firsts at Grand Valley.” The event is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the Alumni House Perry Dining Room. 

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Conversations of Color, September 19th 2018, in the office of Multicultural Affairs.  GVL / Katherine Vasile 

Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts Conversation of Color

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) celebrates their 30 year dedication on Wednesday, Sept. 19 by focusing their most recent Conversation of Color on underrepresented populations, and with the General Elections drawing near, voting and the importance behind youth participation in the election process was a main topic.    Conversations of Color are dialogues hosted monthly by the OMA from noon to 1 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs lobby, located at 1240 Kirkhof Center. Topics revolve around current events or social justice issues, and this has become a space for students to find clarity on complex issues happening in our world today. Past discussions have included Islamophobia, DACA, the Charlottesville incident and kneeling during the national anthem. 

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Alex Jenny presentation kicking off Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Alex Jenny discusses healing in keynote

Alex Jenny spoke softly, but every word they said hit with intention in the Kirkhof Center Monday, April 2. Jenny is a therapist, model and actor who runs various social media with their partner, Effee Nelly. They came to speak at Grand Valley State University for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Jenny was brought to GVSU by Campus for Consent, an organization that is holding various events throughout the month.  

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Faculty diversity-training program launching next fall

Campus diversity remains a priority for Grand Valley State University going forward, and striving to improve working conditions for minorities and people of color is the goal of a new program being launched next fall. Cultivate, a program geared toward GVSU faculty, will work to educate staff on social justice issues and improve awareness of diversity both on and off campus.  

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Grand Rapids to host annual Latin American Film Festival

For Grand Valley State University community members interested in other cultures, the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (GRLAFF) may offer an exciting and entertaining means of learning.  The festival runs from Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8, at the Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids. Along with diverse films, there will also be authentic Latin American food. The festival is LIB 100- and 201-approved. 

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