2012 Exellence in Diversity Awards Opening Video

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Rising Star Award

Informational Links

Featured Articles & Essays

Where White Privilege Came From

Why is there poverty?

It's Different for Men

Manhood and War

What is a 'system of privilege'?

Aren't systems just people?

Is affirmative action racist?

Walking While Brown: Racial Profiling in Arizona

Crime, Race, and the Perils of Profiling

Twisted Dream: The Disappearance of the Real MLK


Relevant Documents

WMU Diversity Related Courses (PDF)

KCP Information (PDF)

Bibliographical Guide to Structural Racialization, Implicit Bias, and Systems Thinking (PDF)

Systems Thinking and Race Primer (PDF)

Teaching for Inclusion: Diversity in the College Classroom (PDF)

Cultural Diversity in the College Classroom (PDF)

Diversity in the College Classroom Guidebook (PDF)

Framework for Transformation and Change (PDF)


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Real Talk Series

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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.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
1003 Trimpe Building
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5405 USA
Phone: (269) 387-6313 | Fax: (269) 387-6331