Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
ODI - Vision StatementODI - Mission Statement
Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes LBGTA students’ contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements throughout their college experience. Students are recognized for their leadership, success, and achievement. This is also an opportunity to recognize faculty, staff, and/or WMU groups who have made a significant contribution to the LBGTA community at WMU.
Graduating students will need to register to participate. They will receive a certificate at the ceremony.
In addition to awarding certificates to the graduating students, up to five awards may be presented. The awarding categories include: Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership; Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Ally Award; Lambda Leadership Award; and, Bronco Pride Campus Advocacy Award. Awards may recognize students, faculty, staff, administrators, or groups. Anyone is welcome to nominate people or groups who fit the criteria for the award. A selection committee composed of students, staff and administrators will decide award winners.
This celebration is open to anyone in the campus community or wider community. Friends and family members of the graduates or awardees are encouraged to attend.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Fetzer Center Banquet Hall
If you are not available to participate but would like to be recognized and receive a certificate and lavender cords, you can still register!
All registrations must be received by April 17.
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.