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The Office of Community Partnerships looks forward to the reopening of campus in alignment with WMU's Safe Return Plan. We are continuing to work remotely to support the University community 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call (269) 387-2072 to schedule an appointment or for immediate assistance, or use the Contact Us form to send a general inquiry email. 

Welcome to Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships is a unit of the Office of Government Relations

At Western Michigan University, we are committed to partnering with our community. Businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, neighborhoods—WMU appreciates the opportunity to have a meaningful connection with all of you. We value strategic business and industry partnerships, helping to build human capital, and working to resolve challenges of mutual interest. The associate vice president for community partnerships invites you to Partner with Us.

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In order to improve the state of regional adult literacy, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Literacy Council have announced a new collaboration. The partnership was signed by WMU President Edward Montgomery; Associate Vice President for Community Partnerships, Kara Wood; and Michael Evans, executive director of the Kalamazoo literacy council. This helps to formalize and strengthen the work of the two organizations that have been engaged together for the past decade.

Montgomery says, “Western Michigan University has had a history of dedicating efforts to promote civic engagement in our community. This agreement will help us to strengthen our efforts not only in civic engagement but in social responsibility and shared prosperity by formalizing our already robust collaboration with the Kalamazoo Literacy Council.”

The Kalamazoo Literacy Council a non-profit agency that is led by volunteers to provide free education services to adults with low literacy. Their programs include English as a second language, health literacy, parent literacy and workforce literacy. They also provide one-on-one tutoring, computer, writing and language classes to enable adults to reach their full potential as employees, parents and community members.

Read more at WMU News.

WMU earns second carnegie Community Classification

Carnegie Community Engagement logoFor the second consecutive time, WMU has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes higher education institutions across the country for their outstanding institutional commitment to transformation collaboration locally and beyond. WMU students, faculty and staff contributed 1.34 million hours of community service over the reporting year. Read more at WMU News.
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university economic impact exceeds $1 billion

Western Michigan University contributed over $1 billion dollars to the Kalamazoo-area economy in a one-year span, according to a new report. The economic impact the University has on the region is about $1.6 billion, according to a report paid for jointly by Western Michigan University and Southwest Michigan First. Read more at MLive News
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