Shared Gold: It's the expression that Western Michigan University uses to describe the rich bond that unites the University with an expansive range of individuals and organizations in the Kalamazoo area and beyond.
It’s also the name of WMU’s civic action plan—a plan created in early 2017 by a group of more than 20 community members, students, faculty, and staff that aims to better foster civic engagement, social responsibility, and shared prosperity in the community.
The development and implementation of the plan directly supports strategy 3.3a in the University’s strategic plan, The Gold Standard 2020, as the plan is affiliated with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education.
The plan’s four major goal areas and 14 objectives further support other areas of The Gold Standard 2020. Over the past year, members of our network have been busy working to meet these objectives, and some of this work is profiled on this site.
Follow these links to read more about our work this past year in the 2017-18 Shared Gold Annual Report:
- Creating a geo-map of the University's community engagement initiatives
- Advancing efforts to create a mixed-use incubator in Kalamazoo
- Executing a marketing research project with Downtown Kalamazoo, Incorporated
- Contributing to the downtown Kalamazoo celebration of Earth Day
- Revitalizing the Oak Street Community Garden
- Establishing the Civic Engagement pathway in the WMU Signature program.