Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
ODI - Vision StatementODI - Mission Statement
The Career Mentor Program (CMP), a new mentor program at WMU, strives to bridge the gap between college life and the workplace. Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or ally (LBGTA) students may face many barriers as they enter the workforce following graduation based on their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The CMP aims to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to connect with mentors in a safe, welcoming, and accepting environment.
The Career Mentor Program is a career-based program, designed to provide LBGTA undergraduate students at Western Michigan University an experience to connect with and be mentored by a working professional that is also LBGTA identified. The program will offer opportunities such as job shadowing, résumé building and networking opportunities.
The program will match mentees and mentors based on career, declared-major interests and/or their LBGTA identities. The Career Mentor Program, through its development and implementation, will offer students an invaluable and interactive experience as well as help the student navigate the workplace successfully as an LBGTA identified individual upon graduating.
Mentor Training and Orientation: Thursday, October 3 from 5:30-8:30pm OR Sunday, October 13 from 3:30-6:30pm. Both trainings will take place in the Multicultural Center in the Trimpe Building at WMU.
Mentee Orientation: Wednesday, October 2 6-7pm in the Multicultural Center in the Trimpe Building at WMU.
LBGTA Career Mentorship Dinner: Friday, October 18 from 6-8 pm in the President's Dining Room in the Bernhard Center at WMU. Mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to meet, network and "speed date" to help us match mentors to mentees!
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.