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. 

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.  


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.  

GVL / Courtesy - Gustavo Rondon Cordova

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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Dinner to raise funds for Haitian students to attend GVSU

Through the Padnos International Center (PIC), Grand Valley State University offers several study-abroad programs, one of which is a four-week program in Haiti. On the flip side, the PIC has also been working to bring Haitian students to GVSU. To raise funds for these students to study abroad at GVSU, a Haitian dinner event is set for Sunday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center Multipurpose Room.


Laker Life briefs 2/22/18

The 2018 Mosaic Lecture is set to focus on women in mathematics in order to celebrate diversity in mathematical sciences. This year’s lecture, being given by Deanna Haunsperger, will focus on the lessons that female mathematicians have contributed to the field. The event is set to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.