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    Diversity and Inclusion event at the Multicultural Center, Adrian Trimpe Building.

  • Three people holding "I stand with Immigrants" sign

    Celebrating "I Stand with Immigrants"

  • Graduates celebrate at WMU's Spring 2019 Celebration of Excellence ceremony.

    Graduates celebrate at WMU's Spring 2019 Celebration of Excellence ceremony.

  • President Montgomery with group poses with a gifted blanket

    WMU administrators and representatives alongside President Montgomery pose with a gifted blanket after the university approved a land acknowledgment statement. 

  • 2020 Excellence in Diversity Award Recipient: College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

OFFice HOURS

January 18, 2021 - April 24, 2021

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 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 Black lives and all marginalized groups. We stand in solidarity with the oppressed. Having said this, our focus going forward is to clearly define and understand our role, which is to educate, advocate, and provide programming to dismantle institutional and systemic racism at Western Michigan University. 

students with WMU sign "I stand with immigrants"

As a public university, we have a responsibility to promote truth and the expansion of knowledge. Albeit, this truth, at times, can be uncomfortable and must be acknowledged and grappled with. Therefore, we will be engaging the WMU community in the uncomfortable but necessary journey of addressing racism on our campus. We feel it is imperative, to begin with, this issue for two reasons; 1) the historical dehumanization of Black people through oppressive systems and 2) recognition that the Black struggle has served as a catalyst for many movements in the U.S. 

Toward achieving our desired goal of building an antiracist institution in order to address threats to racial justice, we must first examine its 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 this institution. For example, how does my course work integrate issues of equity? What stereotypes 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 my policies, programs, 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 anti-racism 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.

We would like to recognize that Western Michigan University is located on lands historically occupied by Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi nations. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor this ancestral land of the Three Fires Confederacy, the sacred lands of all indigenous peoples, and their continued presence.
 

 President Montgomery poses with gifted blanket in a group

Photo: WMU administrators and representatives alongside President Montgomery pose with a gifted blanket after the university approved a land acknowledgment statement.