Diversity and Inclusion Student Essay Award

The Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Student Essay Award was conceived to:

  • Celebrate ideas expressed in student compositions that exemplify the College’s Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan
  • Engage students in an intellectual discussion to help foster diversity and inclusion within all aspects of the College


  • Composition demonstrates excellence in themes related to diversity and inclusion. “Themes of diversity and inclusion involve the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes, and abilities; as well as religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices” (Western Michigan University’s Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan).
  • Currently enrolled Western Michigan University undergraduate or graduate student.
  • The submission must be an original composition that the applicant has submitted for grade in a College of Arts and Science course during the Fall/Spring semester of the current academic year. Such examples may include an essay, fiction/nonfiction, poetry, documentary, or other academic/creative work.

Award selection

The award amount is up to $500 for an undergraduate student and up to $500 for a graduate student. Entries are judged on their relevance to diversity and inclusion and on the overall quality of the composition. All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.


Feb. 1

This award will be offered for the deadline listed as long as funds are available.

Applicants will be notified of the results within 3 weeks of the application deadline date.


Application Cover Sheet

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Flash drive, hyperlink to, or dvd of the composition for non-traditional formats
  • PDF document of the composition if composed in essayistic or print form
  • Verification from the instructor for whom the applicant completed the appropriate work (may be a simple, signed note, an email from the instructor’s WMU Webmail account, or a completed instructor verification form)

Submit to:

College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean
2304 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5308
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5308

or arts-sci-info@wmich.edu

If you submit your application electronically, emails from the WMU Webmail Plus account of a faculty member and department chair or director may serve in place of signatures.


Please do not hesitate to contact the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office with any questions or concerns.

Phone: (269) 387-4169

Email us.