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Office of Multicultural Affairs to host “Black Girls Rock”

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting “Black Girls Rock” for the first time ever at Grand Valley State University. This event, which is based off of the original TV show on Black Entertainment TV (BET), will give spotlight to some of the most influential Black women professionals right here at GVSU. “Black Girls Rock” originated from an award show that happens yearly on BET. During the show, Producer Beverly Bond acknowledges the work that Black women have done across the world. 

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Honors College establishes diversity task force, seeks to improve inclusion

In the Fall 2017 semester, 81.9 percent of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University were white, and minority students make up an even lesser percentage of GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. Director of the Honors College Roger Giles recently spoke at a student senate meeting about some changes in curriculum, refocusing on issue-based courses and improving diversity. Senate members had plenty of questions and advice for Giles, many focusing on collaboration with campus diversity resource groups.

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Courtesy: GVSU Asian Student Union

GV to host Asian New Year Festival

The festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room 2250. The Asian New Year is a huge celebration and a time to make memories with family and friends ringing in the Lunar New Year. The Lunar calendar is celebrated by Asian countries with a variety of festivities and gatherings. The GVSU festival showcases a multitude of cultures from countries all over Asia.

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"We Are Not Invisible" program to celebrate black history

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day is celebrated to display MLK’s importance in human history. This year through the “We are not Invisible” program, the Multicultural Affairs Department at Grand Valley State University strives to not only recognize the day, but to make a regular routine in celebrating the important contributions that African Americans have made. On Friday, Feb. 1, the Multicultural Affairs Department will be hosting “We are not Invisible” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. There will be a variety of activities going on with focus primarily on the significance of Black History Month.

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Frederik Meijer Honors College to host Arctic Games

An integral part of the mission here at Grand Valley State University is to expose students to diverse cultures and broaden their world perspective. The upcoming Arctic Games is an event that does just that – with games and reindeer as an added bonus. The Frederik Meijer Honors College will be presenting the third Arctic Games in the outdoor lobby of Kindschi Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. Students enrolled in the Junior Seminar course Games in Circumpolar World will be recreating some of the traditional games that resemble those played by the Inuit and Sami people. Games and sports were an important tradition in the Sami and Inuit cultures, as they helped the people develop skills that were essential for everyday survival in the harsh environment.

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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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Courtesy: African American Alumni Chapter

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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