Organizations

Organizations

Student Organizations

oSTEM
A registered student organization for LGBT and ally students for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics students at Western Michigan University and neighboring institutions.

OUTspoken
A registered student organization for LBGT & Ally undergraduate students at Western Michigan University. They meet weekly during the regular school year on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the Bernhard Center. Special events including Pride Prom and the Annual Drag Show are held throughout the year. All are welcome to attend! Check them out on Facebook.

OUTreach of WMU & Kalamazoo
A social group with a focus on activism within the Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University communities. This group is open to LBGT and Ally graduate and professional students at WMU, as well as professionals and activists in the Kalamazoo Community.
Join our Facebook group for updates on upcoming meeting times and special events!

Local Organizations

Transcend
A social support group for transgender people and their friends, families, and allies. Meetings are held in the conference room of CARES at 629 Pioneer Street in Kalamazoo on: 2nd Wednesdays of each month @ 6:30p & 4th Sundays of each month @ 4:30pm. See their website for special events and updated meeting times and locations.

KGLRC Youth Group
The Resource Center Youth Group helps young people, ages 13 to 20, who are trying to come to terms with their sexuality in a sometimes unaccepting society.

Friendship, acceptance, and access to accurate information and potential resources can be of immense help to a young person. We seek to provide such help through information, referral, sharing, and regular get-togethers.

PROJECT(!)

A group of young gay and bi men meet regularly to redefine social perceptions in the Kalamazoo area. We host brainstorming sessions and discuss ideas on how to strengthen our GLBT community (and we have fun doing it). Membership is FREE and all gay and bisexual men aged 18 to 29 are welcome.

West Michigan Pulse
PULSE OF WEST MICHIGAN is an effort to create forums to convene GLBT-SGL people of color in West Michigan. This includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Muskegon and surrounding rural areas.

People of color is defined as individuals who identify as African-American, Asian-Pacific Islander, Arab, Latino/a and Native American. Other GLBT People Of Color in Michigan are invited to participate from all over the state (Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, etc.).

PFLAG of SW Michigan
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG, is a non-profit, all volunteer, local organization of parents, other relatives and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender persons. The makeup of our families are as varied as our backgrounds, personalities, faiths, ethnicities, occupations and interests.

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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
lbgt-coordinator@wmich.edu