"Together We’re Better”
The purpose of the annual Excellence in Diversity Awards is to celebrate Western Michigan University’s progress toward building an inclusive campus while also recognizing those who have directly influenced such progress. Awardees are faculty, staff, students, departments, and organizations that have contributed to the robustness of our campus through their dedication to one or more goals of the Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan (DMAP).
Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan (DMAP)
The Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan (DMAP) puts forth six goals that drive diversity and multiculturalism at Western Michigan University. We utilize these goals to select awardees by observing their dedication to advancing diversity through their work. These goals are:
To develop and maintain a shared and inclusive understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, institutional bias, and affirmative action through training and education at every level of the institution.
To recommend an institutional infrastructure that dismantles institutional bias and recognizes, supports, and sustains the efforts of this diversity and multiculturalism initiative at all levels of the institution.
To create a welcoming and inclusive university environment (climate) that includes ongoing training, curriculum reform, and research incentives.
To recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student body and promote a diverse workforce at all levels.
To enhance curricular, co-curricular, research, service, artistic, and study abroad activities as a means to fully engage the university community in an affirming, diverse, and multicultural learning environment.
To develop and maintain consistent accountability measures in order to accurately assess progress toward institutionalizing diversity and multiculturalism at all levels.
Video from 2nd Annual
Excellence in Diversity Awards
is available on our Resources page.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion Vision
WMU recognizes that diversity and multiculturalism are essential for university administrators, faculty, staff members, students, alumni, and community partners to reach their unique potential in the areas of intellectual, personal, social, and cultural development in a fully engaged, enlightened community. Therefore, the University has a responsibility to encourage the exploration of the cultures and life experiences that are available on campus and in communities near and far, for cultural diversity makes sense only within a framework that enables equitable treatment of all in a community.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion Mission
WMU will be a leader in the area of diversity and multiculturalism by fostering an environment where diversity in all of its forms is investigated, explained, practiced, celebrated, affirmed, and vigorously pursued. WMU envisions an academic community that affirms the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each person. We intent to aggressively pursue the recruitment, retention, and/or promotion of a more diverse administration, staff, faculty and student body. Moreover, WMU aims to ensure that the campus climate is welcoming and affirming for all persons by addressing the causes and sources of structural inequalities and changing the decision-making processes that prevent “genuine participation” of all university constituents.