- Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturdays: Closed
- Sundays: Closed
Closed daily for the lunch hour (noon-1:00 p.m.)
Our ongoing commitment to dismantling systemic Barriers
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is unequivocally committed to the movement to create equity for all historically marginalized groups. We stand in solidarity with the oppressed. Having said this, our focus going forward is to define and understand our role, which is to provide educational programming and strategies to dismantle institutional and systemic inequities at Western Michigan University.
As a public university, we have a responsibility to promote truth and the expansion of knowledge. Albeit, truth, at times, can be uncomfortable and requires us to sit in our discomfort in order to learn and grow from the experience. Therefore, the WMU community will engage in the uncomfortable but necessary journey of addressing inequities on our campus. It is imperative, to begin with, 1) the historical dehumanization of Black people through oppressive systems and 2) recognition that the Black struggle has served as a catalyst for other movements in the U.S demanding equity.
Toward achieving our desired goal of building an inclusive and equitable institution in order to address threats to justice, we must first examine our standards of operation, policies, procedures, beliefs, values, and the historical context in which the institution was created. We are asking our community to support this effort by beginning exactly where you are, educating yourself, and examining the areas where you work, live, and learn. This is a collaborative effort that requires the engagement of all members of the WMU community. For example, how does my course work integrate issues of equity? What biases might I be promoting in my teaching or research? How do the hiring and promotion practices of the institution create inequities? Am I considering equity in policies, and practices?
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is working to create engaging and challenging programming with an emphasis on expanding perspectives. We will be calling on all levels of the University to weave equitable practices throughout the work that is conducted on behalf of this University. Together, we can build a better University that truly demonstrates the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
PHOTO: I STAND WITH IMMIGRANTS 2018
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT
Land acknowledgment is a process by which individuals are prompted to consider the history of the space they currently inhabit.
Photo: WMU administrators and representatives alongside President Montgomery pose with a gifted blanket after the university approved a land acknowledgment statement.