Laker Life Briefs

OMA acknowledges immigrants, César Chávez

This week, the Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting their annual César E. Chávez Celebration on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30. The two days of events, each held from 7-8 p.m. over Zoom, will feature the Michigan Immigrants Rights Council for a discussion on immigrant farmworkers in relation to Chávez himself, as well as Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership CEO David Villarino Gonzalez on his past working under Chávez.

For the first time ever, the Chávez Celebration will be followed by another series of events: UndocuWeek. These three lectures, covering immigration, grassroots advocacy and the work of the Michigan Network for Undocumented Immigrant Success, seek to support and uplift those living with undocumented or DACA status. These events will last from April 5-7. Those interested can find the schedules for both series on the OMA website at

#WeToo: Discussing sexual abuse in a Christian context

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, Grand Valley State University’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is seeking to address the frequent silence of the Christian church on the global issue of sexual violence against women. Anyone (survivors, allies or curious observers) is welcome to join in the discussion, which will focus on how to advocate for survivors in a Christian context.

The event will take place in-person from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 in room 2270 of the Kirkhof Center. Those interested can find more information and a schedule of all the Fellowship’s events on Laker Link.

OSCCR offers conflict resolution workshop

Issues arrive from student behavior are an occurrence at any university, and Grand Valley State University is no different. That’s why the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (CSCCR) exists: to help address these issues while ensuring the fair treatment of everyone involved.

To encourage healthy problem-solving on campus, the office is holding a workshop on resolving student conflicts. It’s aimed both at students (teaching them how to maintain healthy relationships and make ethical decisions) and at faculty and staff (teaching them how to promote academic integrity and address academic misconduct).

The event will be held virtually over Zoom from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, April 1. More information on the event can be found on the office’s website at