Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a variety of ways. We strive to create a welcoming environment that allows our students to be successful in their higher education journeys.

Western Michigan University Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice - Definition of Core Values

Student Awards

2022 CAS Diversity and Inclusion Student Writing Award Recipients

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Graduate Student Recipient: Grecia Sanchez, Philosophy

"Sugar, Pan de Muerto, and Grief: How Rituals Inform our Understandings of Grief"

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ashley Atkins, assistant professors, Philosophy

Rian Johnson


Undergraduate Student Recipient: Rian Johnson, Digital Media and Journalism

"The Stages of Emily Doe"

Faculty Sponsor: Olivia Moskot, graduate assistant, Philosophy

Honorable Mention: Firzana Syazania, Olivia Moskot, desireé celesté



Nominations for 2022-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Awards




The College of Arts and Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will make recommendations to the dean’s office on diversity-related issues and sponsor initiatives that support efforts to understand and celebrate the differences among us. The committee may also function in an advisory capacity to provide guidance to the Office of the Dean in addressing diversity-related concerns.

Goals for 2022-2023 include: