Welcome to the Office of Community Outreach

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 outreach invites you to Partner with Us.

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WMU Day at the Kettles logoringers needed for wmu day AT THE KETTLES Dec. 1

Members of the Western Michigan University community are invited to serve as volunteer ringers during the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign on WMU Day at the Kettles planned for Saturday, Dec. 1.  

This is a special opportunity for WMU students, alumni and employees to represent the University and demonstrate their school spirit while collecting donations for the underprivileged.  

Several WMU student and employee groups have participated in WMU Day at the Kettles in recent years, including the women's volleyball team, Eta Eta Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Alpha Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha XI Delta, Black Student Union, Professional Support Staff Organization, TRiO Student Success Program, Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications and the Office of Community Outreach.  

Bronco volunteers are encouraged to wear WMU apparel and are welcome to show their school spirit by singing the WMU Fight and Alma Mater songs while ringing. Additionally, the Salvation Army offers groups the opportunity to decorate the kettle used to collect donations.  

There are many openings available for ringing shifts of two or more hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at multiple locations throughout Kalamazoo County and in the nearby Plainwell-Otsego area. Register online as a group or an individual at registertoring.com or call Morgan Burnson, Salvation Army, at (269) 344-6119 extension 209

WMU 2017-18 Civic Engagement annual report

The partnership between the Greater Kalamazoo community and WMU began with the founding of the Western State Normal School in 1903, when a group of civic leaders successfully petitioned the state legislature to locate the school in Kalamazoo. That partnership continues today as WMU students, faculty and staff engage the community, not just with volunteerism, but also taking what is being taught in the classroom and the research laboratory off campus and into the neighborhoods. Examples of this type of mutually beneficial engagement that have occurred over the past year are highlighted in Shared Gold, the WMU Office of Community Outreach Annual Report 2017-18.

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
Report highlights.

University Partners with city to promote 'shared prosperity' for residents

Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery and Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell have signed an agreement formalizing WMU's collaboration in Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, a bold new city initiative to reduce poverty and promote more broadly shared prosperity in the city. Read more.

Lunch-and-Learn Series for technology ENTREPRENEURS

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP is partnering with the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center for a lunch-and-learn series designed to help technology startups be more successful in business. The series will feature six different events throughout 2018 that focus on topics critical for business startups. Sessions will be led by company thought leaders in capital formation, venture capital, intellectual property, labor and employment, executive compensation, tax and other practice areas. Schedule

Kalamazoo Mixed-Use Incubator

Efforts are underway to launch a mixed-use incubator in downtown Kalamazoo. Nearly 70 campus and community members are already involved in the initiative and a steering committee has been formed and a feasibility study is underway. Interested in learning more? Email inquiries welcome.