GVL / Courtesy - GVSU Niara Mentoring Program

Staff, students find support through mentorship

Nestled within the comforts of Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, women of color will come together throughout the year for guidance, support, connection and discussion. Niara is a Swahili word meaning, “one with high purpose" and also a GVSU mentorship program, connecting women students of color to staff and faculty of color in order to enhance their college experience.

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GVL / Sara Carte - The Kaufman Interfaith Institute Program Manager, Katie Gordon, speaks with students and staff at the Religius & Spiritual Identity Listening Sessions in the DeVos Campus on Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016.

Students celebrate culture at GV

Festivals offer the chance to indulge in entertainment, activities and, of course, try free food. However, they also provide the opportunity to try something new and learn about diversity. At Grand Valley State University, the Intercultural Festival has become a tradition to ensure students experience culture in an interactive way.

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GVL / Courtesy - Amber Hutson

Student organization targets diversity at GVSU

Across the nation, universities and their students have been paying more attention to student demographics. At Grand Valley State University, the vast majority of Lakers identify as white. Now, the Student Diversity Coalition seeks to shine light on an issue they believe requires more attent

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