The Division of Inclusion and Equity 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.
Grand Valley State University is proud to have been selected as a 2014 HEED Award recipient.
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.