GVSU Community Affirmation of Inclusion
Grand Valley State University has always been committed to diversity and inclusion. As elected representatives of GVSU faculty, staff and students, we wish to reaffirm that commitment.
The university’s statement on non-discrimination is that: “Every aspect of University life should be free from discrimination because 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. Student housing, organizations, athletics, classes and University community facilities should be open to all who desire to participate.” (GVSU Non-Discrimination Statement)
The Division of Inclusion and Equity states: “Diversity, in all its forms, is at the heart of Grand Valley’s mission to provide a liberal education that will help shape lives, professions, and societies. Diversity is affirmed and celebrated at GVSU and in the community as a necessary intellectual asset and institutional resource. Grand Valley believes it has a responsibility to serve all members of our community through a coordinated equity and inclusion strategy.” (Framework for Inclusion & Equity)
We affirm our commitment to fostering an inclusive, anti-discriminatory environment conducive to open inquiry, liberal education, and healthy community interactions. At a time when many faculty, staff and students are concerned for vulnerable or marginalized populations and those who have historically been discriminated against, we pledge ourselves to the following actions:
Ella Fritzemeier, Student Senate President
Colleen Bailey, Chair of AP Committee
Karen Gipson, Chair of University Academic Senate