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WMU Speakers

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.

Sponsored events

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 resilience factor: Danielle Green

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, adapt well to change and persist in the face of adversity. Danielle Green--mother, teacher and counselor--embodies all of these things and has been invited to share her personal story with the campus community. Surviving a heartbreaking childhood in Chicago, Danielle Green, found refuge and success as a basketball player at Notre Dame. Despite being told that a left-handed, female player couldn't be successful, Danielle beat the odds on and off the court. She became a teacher before serving in the United States Army, later losing her left arm in combat. She is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Pat Tillman Award for service to her country.
  • Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at 5 p.m. in 2000 Schneider Hall.

Multicultural Review

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).

Asexual and aromantic movie night

Launching Coming Out Week, the Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Student Services is hosting an informal discussion after viewing a video on marginalized identities within the LBGTQ+ communities. Participants will view a short documentary about asexuality and aromanticism followed by a facilitated discussion regarding intersectional issues related to these identities. Popcorn and donuts will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. LBGT Student Services room 1321 in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Polyamorous discussion and panel

Jon Curtis will present on polyamory including identities, definitions, shared language, and communication in polyamorous communities followed by a panel discussion of personal experiences in polyamorous relationships. This event will explore ways in which polyamorous relationships have been marginalized within both LBGT and heterosexual-focused spaces.

  • Monday, Oct. 11, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall.

Coming Out with CARES - HIV testing

CARES will provide free, quick, and confidential HIV testing throughout the day for the WMU community. Sindecuse Health Center counselors will be available on-site. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Office of LBGT Student Services in 1321 Trimpe.

Coming Out with CARES

CARES will present educational information about the criminalization and stigma of people living with HIV including the science behind HIV and AIDS, the mobilization of the LBGT communities around the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and current options for HIV treatments. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 1710 Sangren Hall.

Title IX and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community on your campus

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Institutional Equity, and the Office of the President invite you to a webcast. The webcast will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. followed by a discussion from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. facilitated by Felicia Crawford, Director Title IX Compliance Office of Institutional Equity and Codie Stone, Office Manager, LBGT Student Services. The webcast will provide guidance to assure that institutions are Title IX compliant for all students including the LGBTQ+ community to create an environment where discrimination is less likely to occur. Bev Baligad, Director of Compliance at the University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu is featured. View flyer.

  • Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Safe on Campus Training

Participants will learn how to create inclusive spaces, to become better allies, and to use language that is inclusive for all people. This workshop focuses on LBGT identities, expressions, and issues in an interactive format including activities and discussion. This event free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

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 second 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.

Kwanzaa celebration

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 presentation by Yolonda Lavender from the Kalamazoo Black Arts & Cultural Center. View Flyer.

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Film discussion: Higher Learning

The Kalamazoo Promise Scholars invites the WMU community to join a two-part discussion of the film "Higher Learning." This film reflects the personal, political, and racial dilemmas a group of college first-year students experience at Columbus University. Refreshments provided. RSVP to by Feb. 7. View flyer.

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the "Our Space" in 1320 Adrian Trimpe Building.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the "Our Space" in 1320 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 Building

Film screening of Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four 

The Office of LBGT Student Services and the Division of Multicultural Affairs will host a screening of Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. This documentary chronicles how four Latina lesbian women were wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and how they continue to fight to clear their names. The film screening is free to all and is supported by a grant from the University Cultural Events Committee. A short discussion will follow the screening.

  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Brown Hall, Room 2028.

The global fashion & spirituality of headwrapping

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, WMU alumna, social entrepreneur, and founder of Beautifully Wrapped and the Headwrap Expo returns to WMU to present on how global fashion and spirituality can build cross-cultural love.

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in Adrian Trimpe Building.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion open house

Visit us in the Adrian Trimpe Building for activities, presentations, giveaways, and refreshments as we highlight programs within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Learn about why we are here and how we can serve you as students, faculty, and staff. President Dunn will introduce the event at 11 a.m. View Flyer.

New in the Adrian Trimpe Building: “Our Space”—Student–centered, inclusive, equal access resource room and lounge. Diversity Resource Collection—Selection of books, CDs, DVDs, and games centered on topics related to identity. Reflection Room—Quiet room available as private space for lactation and for meditation, prayer, or reflection.

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

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.      

Connecting with a Diverse Community of Learners and Mentoring Toward Student Success

Please join us for a workshop focused on understanding teaching, learning, and mentoring in diverse educational contexts. An opening statement from Dr. Michael Rice, superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, a keynote address by Dr. Ceceilia Parnther, a former KCP future faculty fellow, and a panel discussion featuring experts in education will be the focus of this workshop. Topics include best practices in educational settings, addressing gaps in learning, strengthening the teacher pipeline. View Flyer

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building.

Webinar presented by AHEAD: Pursing equity: An overview of support and resources for blind students

Please join us for a webinar and discussion. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Disability Services for Students invite you to join the webinar titled Pursing equity: An overview of support and resources for blind students. The webinar is hosted by the Association on Higher Education and Disability, AHEAD. Immediately following the webinar, a co-facilitated discussion will take place. The co-facilitators are Jayne Fraley-Burgett, Director for WMU Disability Services and Chris Roach, Rehabilitation Counselor Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons assigned to WMU. View Flyer.

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building.