Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
ODI - Vision StatementODI - Mission Statement
Diversity at WMU encompasses inclusion, acceptance, respect, and empowerment.
This means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the contributions we have to offer all the more valuable. Diversity includes the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes, and abilities; as well as religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices. (Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan - DMAP)
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.
Areas of Achievement:
Success in leading and enhancing LBGTA efforts can be demonstrated in many ways. Nominations should be based on demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following criteria:
The Lavender Graduation committee is seeking individuals, groups, and initiatives that would be defined as outstanding, exceptional, extraordinary and innovative in areas such as, but not limited to, teaching, research, programs and services. Nominations can be self-nomination or nomination by a University employee, student or community member. Nominations may be submitted by the campus community or larger community. Members of the Lavender Graduation committee are excluded from candidacy or from submitting nominations. Refer to the five criteria above to learn the focus of the committee. There are two categories of nominations (individual and group) as listed below:
The Lavender Graduation Awards Selection Committee will select ONE winner for each category in the individual area, and one winner for each category in the unit/organization/team area. A total of five awards may be presented at the Lavender Graduation in April.
Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
This award recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated consistent and outstanding leadership and has made a significant and sustained contribution to the LBGTA community at WMU.
Emerging Leader Award
This award recognizes a returning student at WMU who has demonstrated great potential to be a key leader in the LBGTA community in the coming years.
Outstanding Ally Award
This award recognizes a student who provides support to the LBGTA campus community by providing advocacy, mentorship and/or leadership as an ally.
Lambda Leadership Award
This award recognizes a Western Michigan University administrator, faculty or staff member who advocates for LBGTA inclusion and demonstrates a commitment to improving the climate for LBGTA people on campus.
Bronco Pride Campus Advocacy Award
This award recognizes a department, office, or registered student organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the area of LBGTA-inclusion at WMU by advocating for and fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all people.
The Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan can be viewed in its entirety here:
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.