Building Capacity—Creating Opportunities—Overcoming Barriers—Inspiring Action

The University-Community Empowerment Center at Western Michigan University is a research, consultation, and training center that collaborates with individuals, groups and organizations to empower communities to reduce poverty. Employing research, evaluation, policy analysis, consultation, training and advocacy, the overall goal of the center is to empower distressed communities by assisting them in creating social and economic opportunities through the engagement of community residents, service providers and other stakeholders in collaborative action to reduce poverty.


Dr. Byrd

Join us Thursday, Oct. 26 for two separate opportunities to discuss brain disease, including Alzheimer’s, in the African American community. Dr. Goldie Byrd, nationally-renowned expert, will lead the conversations as she shares her research and engages the greater Kalamazoo community in a discussion about caregiving and aging.

  • 11 a.m. - Academic forum
    College of Health and Human Services, Room 4010
    No RSVP required. Free and open to the public.
  • 5 p.m. - Dinner and community forum 
    Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Robertson St., Kalamazoo
    Free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Call (269) 387-7367 or visit our Events page for more information.

News and announcements

"Call to Action" final report now available
In the spring of 2014, the University-Community Empowerment Center collaborated with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University in a series of events and meetings that engaged the community in addressing poverty and its correlates in Kalamazoo County. The final report of this collaboration is now available for review.

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