Programs and Activities

Guidelines for funding sponsored programs and initiatives

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Western Michigan University to deliver a speech in Read Fieldhouse. Dr. King was invited to campus by a cadre of students and faculty associated with the Western Student Association and the Lee Honors College. The 60s were such a significant time in our country’s history and we can be sure that hearing from one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time certainly impacted the students, staff, and faculty who were here during that time. Western Michigan University would like to honor Dr. King’s legacy by reflecting on our evolution as a university community with regard to social justice and equality. Particularly as we seek to embrace and grow from our recent campus climate study findings. 

Western Michigan University endeavors to be a community that excels in inclusion so that each member of our community can flourish academically and professionally. In an effort to make Western Michigan University a campus that affirms the dignity, value, and uniqueness of all its members we would like to encourage registered student organizations, departments, faculty, and staff to submit proposals for programs relevant to this year’s theme, “Past, Present, and Future: Living the Dream.” This theme challenges us to reflect on King’s legacy and discern how best to live out King’s legacy as we secure a better future for our campus and society with regard to social justice and equity. Sponsored Programs are activities that will be hosted by a faculty/staff member, a department, or a registered student organization that offers an educational opportunity to our campus and community with regard to social justice and equity. 

Sponsored Program Proposals

  • Faculty, staff, departments, and registered student organizations are encouraged to apply
  • Programs should take place throughout the Spring 2014 semester
  • Programs should focus on making our campus and society more inclusive 
  • Collaborations between organizations and departments will receive special consideration
  • Programs will be funded up to $500
  • Proposals must contain a detailed budget
  • Faculty, staff, students and other program organizers are expected to volunteer their services
  • Funding for refreshments, including food and drinks, are excluded from consideration
  • Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed
  • Decisions will be emailed to applicants

Topics have included Bridging the University and Community with Dr. King’s Philosophy; Health Disparities Globally or Locally; Perspectives on Social Justice in the Local Setting; The Role of Popular Culture in Social Change, Media Coverage of Global Issues; The Multicultural Workplace; The Philosophy of Social Change; Women and Civil Rights; and Incorporating Social Justice Issues in K-12 and College Curricula.

Examples from previous years

  • Book circleDiscussion of contrasts in cultural narratives in “The Clansman,” “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wind Done Gone.”
  • Dialogue circlesDiscussion and reflections of MLK will be shared, followed by a brief summary lecture. Food provided.
  • Minorities in businessWorkshop and seminar providing students of color a look at the business world and tips on how to get ahead, including interviewing and résumé skills.
  • MLK and VietnamLecture giving an analysis of MLK’s position on the war and how King saw war as an enemy of the poor.
  • Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movementWorkshop for teachers and aspiring teachers on how the causes that Martin Luther King stood for are still pertinent today.