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Grand Valley State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Phone
(616) 331-5000
Email address
admissions@gvsu.edu
School Information
Grand Valley State University is a public university. The university enrolls over 23,300 students, employs over 1,760 faculty, and offers over 130 degrees. (Source: https://www.gvsu.edu/about.htm)
General Information
Grand Valley State University has initiated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings for full, adjunct, and graduate staff. The university has also provided resources such as a discussion series on "How to be an Antiracist" (Dr. Ibram X. Kendi) to students. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • GVSU released a "15-Point Charge for Racial Equity," detailing their past and future antiracism initiatives.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • "Biennial anti-racism training will be required of all fulltime staff."
  • "Employee performance relative to DEI commitment will be included in annual performance evaluation."
  • "All full, adjunct, and graduate staff participated in DEI training with Social Justice Education office."
  • The university hosted a conversation in April 2022 called "Engaging in Anti-Racism Work through White Consciousness Raising (For White Men Only)." The cost of attendance was the following: $500 (corporate rate) or $300 (non-profit rate.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university will be providing "universal training for all members of our university community on social justice, power, privilege, and anti-racism." In May 2022, a new version of the DEI-related training modules will be released.
  • "All students must fulfill a general education U.S. Diversity requirement, which includes a specific learning goal relating to race" as of 2022.
Resources
  • "How to Be an Anti-Racist book and discussion series completed."
  • GVSU offers segregated graduation celebrations.
  • The GVSU library system has a web page dedicated to Black Lives Matter and various resources to support the organization.
Symbolic Actions
  • "Programs and policies will be inventoried for inclusivity. Each department will identify measurable actions to promote DEI."
Last updated September 5th, 2022
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