ODI - Vision StatementODI - Mission Statement
On November 10, 2005, Dr. Janice Brown, the Superintendent for the Kalamazoo Public Schools, announced the initiation of the “Kalamazoo Promise.” Kalamazoo became the first city in the United States to provide full scholarships to any public college in Michigan for all graduates who had received their elementary and secondary schooling in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Since the establishment of the Kalamazoo Promise in 2005, Promise type programs have been initiated in numerous other cities in the U.S. Funding for the Kalamazoo Promise is being provided by a small group of anonymous donors.
The Kalamazoo Promise provides an unparalleled opportunity to engage and energize the Kalamazoo community in building a world class educational environment in the Kalamazoo area. Western Michigan University is committed to playing a valuable role in making that happen. WMU’s commitment involves efforts to ensure the success of the Promise scholarship students at WMU and involvement in other programs and projects pertaining to the Kalamazoo School District youth both in the schools and in the community. This Website details the involvement of Western Michigan University with the Promise.
The Kalamazoo Promise Speakers Bureau is an organization, developed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which consists of current Kalamazoo Promise students who speak to middle school students about their experiences as Kalamazoo Promise recipients and WMU students. If chosen to become a member of the Kalamazoo Promise Speakers Bureau, students will receive a Kalamazoo Promise Speakers Bureau polo shirt, a gift card to select restaurants and stores for every speaking engagement completed, and the opportunity to build interpersonal skills, mentor youth and help recruit future WMU students. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is always seeking new talent to help motivate the young people of Kalamazoo..Before completing a Kalamazoo Promise Speakers Bureau application, please make sure you meet the following requirements:
1. The Kalamazoo Promise is for ALL students of the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS).
2. You must reside within the boundaries of KPS.
3. You must have at least all of the high school years (9-12) in KPS (enrollment & residency) and graduate from KPS (Central / Loy Norrix/ Phoenix).
4. The Kalamazoo Promise will not end. It is set up to go on for many years to come.
5. The Kalamazoo Promise is a 4 year scholarship (a bachelor degree or 130 credits, whichever occurs first).
6. You have ten years from the time you graduate from high school to use your Promise and can start and stop any time.
7. The Kalamazoo Promise covers tuition and mandatory fees.
8. Students sign up for The Kalamazoo Promise at the beginning of their senior year. Meetings are held for all seniors each fall. There are two simple forms to fill out for The Kalamazoo Promise.
9. There is an appeal process for students during their senior year, especially for hardship cases (e.g., custody, death in the family, and foster
10. All students using The Kalamazoo Promise at KVCC may attend part-time.
Video from the the 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.