Laker Life Briefs

Campus Activities Board hosts slam poet

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Grand Valley community will be able to tune in for a virtual live performance from Carlos Andrés Gómez. His work, such as the poems “What Latino looks like” and “Where are you really from,” has landed him a number of awards, such as Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, International Book Award for Poetry, and the Foreword INDIES Gold Medal.

Extending from the social commentary focus of Gómez’s performances, he also co-leads the organization Senior Orientation, which works to counteract bullying and encourage healthier, inclusive forms of masculinity.

Those interested in watching Gómez perform can RSVP for the event on LakerLink, which can be found at The event, which will last from 7 to 7:45 p.m., will be hosted live over Zoom.

Counseling Center offers support to isolated students

As Grand Valley State University issues its Staying in Place order for students living on campus, many are finding that quarantine and safety precautions are separating them from their peers. The University Counseling Center is looking to help students isolated due to the pandemic with drop-in group counseling.

If you think you would benefit from the opportunity to discuss your concerns, thoughts and feelings surrounding being placed into isolation, contact the University Counseling Center at (616) 331-3266 or in order to join an outreach group. For more information on the group counseling offered at GVSU, visit

GV celebrates National Voter Registration Week

As the November election approaches, its more important than ever for college students to be registered to vote. Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center is encouraging students to join in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge with a virtual Couch Party on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The CSLC will also be celebrating National Voter Registration Week with a live “Tea Time” discussion of the importance of voting and how to get involved in your community. The talk will take place from 7-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Those interested can RSVP at or find the live link at @GV_CSLC on Instagram.