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WMU speakers or facilitators available to support diversity and inclusion presentations/workshops/events
If you are affiliated with WMU (students, faculty, staff, or administrators) and have educational, professional, and/or lived experience that enables you to present or facilitate diversity and inclusion events or workshops, please complete this form. WMU departments, units, or registered student organizations often seek presenters and facilitators. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like greater capacity to support these requests.
MLK celebration events
The 2017 MLK Celebration theme is the "The Transformative Power of a Unified Dream." For more information about the events and volunteer opportunities, visit the MLK celebration website.
Diversity discussion series and events
These events serve as a catalyst to promote, celebrate and increase awareness about diversity and to encourage cross-cultural interaction. See the tabs at the left to learn more about an event.
Events hosted by units within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Hispanic heritage month: Art exhibit
Mexican-American artist Rogelio Almaguer will exhibit several pieces of multi-media art work. Mr. Almaguer was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a graduate of Loy Norrix High School, a recipient of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship, and a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Thursday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in the Waldo Library first floor lobby during Waldo Library hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.
Hispanic Association for College and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program
Jonathan D. Santeliz, the National Executive Director for The HACU Internship Program will make a presentation, about opportunities through HACU National Internship Program for summer 2017. The internship program is open to all students. Most of the internships will based in the Washington, D.C. area.
- Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.
The Multicultural Review is one of the largest events held on campus during homecoming week. Western students display their talents in poetry reading, music, dancing and much more. The campus and broader community are encouraged to attend.
- Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.
Hispanic heritage month: Alumni gathering homecoming meet and greet
Alumni gather to reconnect and share stories of their experience while they were students at Western. Alumni are encouraged to visit the tent, enjoy refreshments, and connect with friends.
- Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. directly adjacent to the College of Health and Human Services Building (East Campus).
Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos
The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Spanish are co-sponsoring this year’s Día de los Muertos celebration. An altar will be on display on the third flood in Waldo library. The Día de los Muertos tradition originated in Mexico and is now a holiday that is celebrated in most Latin American countries. The Día de los Muertos is a festive holiday in which relatives who have passed are honored. The holiday is marked by displaying an altar, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles.
- Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor in the lobby of Waldo Library.
Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos
The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Spanish are co-sponsoring this year's el Día de los Muertos Celebration. An altar will be on display in Waldo Library on the second floor. This is Mexican holiday celebrated particularly in the central and south regions and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. It is a festive holiday to honor relatives who have passed. The holiday is marked by an alter, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles.
- November 1 - 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Waldo Library.
The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor a Kwanzaa celebration to honor this holiday founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. The event will include traditional Kwanzaa food and a presenter will provide an explanation of the meaning of this holiday tradition.
- Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.
Black History Month Film screening: At the River I Stand
AFSCME Local 1668, the Division of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor this film screening in celebration of Black History Month. The film recounts the two months prior to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.
- Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in Adrian Trimpe Hall
César E. Chávez march
The César E. Chávez march is the largest march in Southwest Michigan and is organized by the Kalamazoo Central High School Bilingual Club and the Kalamazoo César E. Chávez march committee. Participating schools include Kalamazoo Central High School, Loy Norrix, Maple Street Magnet Middle Schools, South Haven community schools, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, and members of the Kalamazoo community.
- Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning at Miller Auditorium.