WELCOME TO THE INCLUSION AND EQUITY DIVISION
The Inclusion and Equity Division and GVSU define diversity as broadly as possible. It includes, but is not limited to, the following categories: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, age, class, religion, geographic and international. Diversity is the presence of difference. Inclusion requires genuine actions to achieve intercultural competence and a racism-free community.
Intercultural competency reflects an understanding of the societal oppression often experienced by individuals in the groups listed above, the strengths that exist in all cultures, and the skills to interact with others in a way that is sensitive to cultural differences.
The Inclusion and Equity Division's mission is to provide a rich, inclusive, learning, and working environment that attracts, retains, and supports a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty.
Our vision is that values and perspectives of inclusion and equity are embedded within Grand Valley's living, learning, and working environment.
The Inclusion and Equity Division is committed to:
The office of Intercultural Training, Learning, and Development designs, delivers, and evaluates training programs related to enhancing diversity awareness and building intercultural competency. It fosters an environment for open communication through public opportunities to dialogue and participate in professional learning and development workshops that help promote understanding and positive relationships between cultures.
Strategic Implementation works with deans, colleges/schools, departments, and divisions to implement strategies that assist in achieving inclusive excellence. Strategic Implementation focuses on areas such as strategic plan implementation, campus/community climate initiatives, program evaluation, pipeline development strategies, and recruitment and retention initiatives for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. The office serves as a liaison to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Women's Center, and the LGBT Resource Center.
Disability Support Resources (DSR) promotes the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Its mission is to provide support resources and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities, and help to educate the university community on disability issues. DSR assists with academic advising, alternate format textbooks, alternate test taking, assistive technology, study skills, note-taking, tutoring, and van transportation.
The office of the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of the University's Title IX compliance, including the coordination of training, education, communication, and administration of procedures for addressing complaints of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment for faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University.
The office of Affirmative Action provides leadership to the campus for all facets of promoting and monitoring equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It is responsible for developing educational programs on affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, policies, and procedures as well as issues of harassment and discrimination. It also investigates and resolves discrimination and harassment complaints.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Statement of Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university. Unlawful acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited. In addition, even if not illegal, acts are prohibited if they harass or discriminate against any university community member(s) through inappropriate limitation of access to, or participation in, educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university activities on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or weight. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government, or addressing domestic partner benefits.