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First Year Pride Alliance

If you would like to find a support network, build friendships, find a safe space to be yourself, and make a difference within the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender community, the First Year Pride Alliance is looking for you! All first year students including freshmen, transfer students and graduate students are encouraged to participate!

The First Year Pride Alliance is a cohort of first year students of Western Michigan University. We promote a relaxed, inclusive, and safe space for all participants. The FYPA will assist you in learning how to advocate for yourself and others, allowing you and others to feel safe and comfortable at WMU. The alliance will prepare you to succeed by addressing many of the unique challenges facing LBGT and ally individuals while giving you the tools to thrive in a University environment.

This group will be networked into resources for support at WMU, the Kalamazoo community, and beyond. By participating in FYPA, you will have a chance to socialize with peers and build connections within the group to have throughout your college experience.

The First Year Pride Alliance will cover an array of topics, including:

  • Binaries vs. Spectrums: Where do we lie?
  • Coming Out (navigating new situations)
  • Spirituality and Faith
  • Consent is Sexy: How to ask

Meetings every Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 1321 Trimpe. Everyone is welcome!

Real Talk Series Click here to RSVP for the Real Talk Diversity Series

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.

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay & Transgender Student Services
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5363 USA
(269) 387-2123 | (269) 387-2554 Fax