Student Organizations

Global and International studies students are always involved at Western Michigan University, check out what you can do to get involved on campus!

Student organizations are a great way to get involved on campus, gain leadership experience and make a difference.

Sigma Iota Rho

Sigma Iota Rho is a national honor's society for international studies founded in 1984 and has its headquarters located at the University of Pennsylvania. The Western Michigan University chapter was founded in 2016 by students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds on campus. Each year the chapter identifies students from all disciplines taught at the University who have achieved academic excellence while participating in international studies coursework. Membership requires that students be of junior or senior standing, have completed at least 15 credit hours of international studies coursework and attained a 3.6 GPA or higher in these courses, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in all courses and be a current, full-time student. For more information, please contact the global and international studies office.

Model United Nations club at WMU

Are you interested in culture? International Relations? Politics? Improving your skills in research? Do you like to debate? Model UN Club at WMU is a new club here at Western just recently approved to become a registered student organization at Western Michigan University. Students from all majors and minors are welcome! Visit them on Facebook!

Model UN Club at WMU hosts simulations where students can role play UN delegates from different countries and provides opportunities for students to attend national conferences that sponsor competitive simulations.

2016-17 executive board
Abimbole Jubril, secretary
Emmanuel Machena, treasurer
Josh Sancheze, chair, public relations and outreach committee
Katlin Viar, president
Morgan McCullough, vice president
Sarah Hughey, chair, high school committee (past president)
Zach Reinmuller, chair, conference committee

Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo (ROK)

Members of ROK firmly believe crises that have evolved over time regarding refugee displacement beg both a political and an ethical response. Due to the complex nature of these crises, refugees and other internally displaced persons often lack the capability to nurse themselves out of their situation, and are often times deliberately ignored, by way of the isolationist stances taken in regards to these types of global issues. It is out of this disheartening phenomenon that our organization, ROK has arisen. We, as a campus community, hold the power to shape global discourse, and we will do what is in our power to bring the bronco community together. Through our efforts, it is our hope and mission to help alleviate the pressure created by refugee displacement.

Visit them at Facebook or contact them via email.

Global Studies Leaders

This group is currently not meeting. If you are interested in helping us to reinstate the program, please let us know.

The Global Studies Leaders is a student group within global and international studies who serve as ambassadors for and advisors to the program. Leaders may be called upon to offer input on future curriculum or policy changes, serve as representatives of the program at events such as Major Excitement and Bronco Bash, and more. The group, however, will operate autonomously and will be student led, with support as needed from program faculty and staff. Leaders are encouraged to organize events, sponsor student-initiated initiatives, plan cultural and social activities and whatever else crosses their minds.

Being a part of this group not only offers you another line on your resume, but also an opportunity to:

  • Develop presentation, public speaking and networking skills through organizational leadership activities
  • Gain a valuable professional development experience
  • Strengthen relationships with program faculty and staff by participating in discussions and program initiatives

If you're interested in participating, contact us.

Language clubs and tables

The departments of World Languages and Literature and Spanish offer tutoring and conversational tables to help strengthen your world language skills beyond the classroom. Activities are available for the following languages:

Student organizations

WMU hosts hundreds of registered student organizations, many of which have an international focus. Groups showcase other cultures, function as student unions for specific countries or regions, and exist to host international events. Increase your global engagement while earning your WMU degree by becoming a member of one of these groups.

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education maintains a list of RSOs with an international focus. Increase your global engagement while earning your WMU degree by becoming a member of one of these groups. Visit the University's Experience WMU website for a complete list of WMU's student organizations.