Laker Life Briefs

Take the myGVSU Campus Climate Survey

Grand Valley’s Division of Inclusion and Equity believes that the external climate of a college campus can have a profound effect — for good or bad — on the experiences of its students, faculty and staff. That’s why this month, the division is holding the sixth campus climate survey in Grand Valley State University’s history, reaching out to the campus community for a snapshot of what our university is doing well and where there’s room for improvement.

The survey will be available from now until Nov. 24. Those who complete it will have the chance to win $1,000-$2,000 in grants. If you’re interested in sharing your perspective, look for the survey link sent by Vice President Jesse Bernal at [email protected] on GVSU email accounts. This is your chance to share what it’s like to learn, live and work on campus.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Keynote

20 years ago in 1999, transgender activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith memorialized Rita Hester, a woman who lost her life to transphobic violence, with a day of remembrance and recognition for her identity and struggle. Ever since, the day has been observed as a remembrance of all those like Hester lost to similar acts of hate.

Those interested in honoring this tradition can join the Milton E. Ford LGBT Center for a talk led by Professor Jian Chen on “The Times of Trans Death and Trans Vibrancy.” The event, which is LIB 100/201 approved, will take place from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Pere Marquette room of Kirkhof Center.


Sustainability solutions from GV students

Discussions of the potential consequences of climate change can paint a fairly depressing picture of the future of our planet. Though having those conversations about what we’re doing to the environment is important, it’s just as vital to talk about what we can do to create a better future ourselves.

That’s the purpose of Grand Valley State University’s fall 2019 Sustainability Showcase, a day dedicated to presenting the work of GVSU students on this very important issue. Join the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 for class presentations, individual student posters, activities and snacks in the Pere Marquette room of Kirkhof Center.