• Hispanic Heritage Month

Diversity Education

About DEI

The Office of Diversity Education (DEI) works to promote and enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity among faculty, staff, and students on campus. DEI is also committed to efforts that support social justice, racial healing, and creating a positive campus climate.

 The Office of Diversity Education Offers: 

  • Support for historically underrepresented students in higher education. 
  • Advising for cultural and identity-based student organizations. 
  • Workshops on Identity, Power and Privilege (IPP), Cultural Humility, and Implicit Bias for the Western Michigan University community. 
  • Events and programs to promote awareness about diversity and inclusion. 
  • Networking and outreach opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Diversity Training and Workshops 
  • A Real Talk Diversity Series
  • Leadership Development for Students 
  • Interactive Workshops 
  • Space for students to study, hold group meetings and relax.
  • Heritage month programs throughout the academic year

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2022

The Office of Diversity Education at WMU invites you to join in the celebration of the rich heritage of our Latino community. As our nation continues to grapple with the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID pandemic, as well as racial injustice, communities of color have given voice to the dire need for awareness, equality, and justice for all. We firmly and affectionately celebrate the contributions of the Latino community as we acknowledge Hispanic Heritage month.

In an effort to bring awareness to Hispanic heritage month, we invite you to read this article on Hispanic Heritage Month – Origins and Facts, presented by the History channel. https://www.history.com/topics/hispanic-history/hispanic-heritage-month

For those interested in reading about the experiences of Latinos in the United States, the following article, written by Rigoberto Gonzalez (2019), provides a comprehensive list of good reads by Latinos. As he notes, the list includes searing memoirs about bicultural identity, gripping novels and beautiful poetry collections. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/15-great-new-books-latinos-hispanic-...

Attached you will find a list of this year’s virtual events offered by the Office of Diversity Education.

REAL TALK WITH MRS. JOMIL BELL

Title: Choosing Joy: A Radical Alternative to Burnout.
 
Description: Do you ever feel like you are in a race with no finish line? Running as fast as you can to reach a goal that seems to keep moving? And the more you grow, the more you realize how unsatisfied and exhausted you really are? In this Real Talk, we’ll explore what it means to be successful as a BIPOC professional in America. Jomil Bell will tell the story of how she redefined and reclaimed joy on her own terms.
 
CEO and founder of Hive Over Matter, LLC. and creator of the Autonomous Connectivity Relationship Framework (TM), Jomil provides executive project management, leadership, and DEIB training that drives connectivity and helps women in leadership to avoid burnout.
 
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 27th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (virtual)
Webex meeting link: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/j.php?MTID=m7a8ac60c9418a072a9cd663017703310
Meeting Number: 2622 866 9292
Meeting password: S8jjCEjXX25
 

REAL TALK WITH MR. ANTHONY PEREZ

Anthony Perez is a first-generation Hispanic college graduate from San Antonio, Texas. Having been raised within the Hispanic community he strived to do better for himself, his family, and the community. Anthony graduated from a small private school in San Antonio, Texas before moving to Cedar Falls, Iowa where he would earn his bachelor’s degree. In 2017, Anthony joined the Bronco family as a graduate student in the Educational Leadership: Higher Education and Student Affairs program and as a Graduate Assistant Hall Director for Davis Hall. During his time at WMU he has been in Housing and Residence Life, the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, as well as Admissions. Anthony now serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment and Outreach. He has a passion for helping students navigate the college search process, advocate for support programs and services to assist in the success of students from historically underrepresented groups, and increase access to higher education.

Topic: Owning My Identities, Own My Space

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 10:00 AM

Location: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Pre-registration is required to attend Diversity Education workshops/trainings.

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IDENTITY, POWER, AND PRIVILEGE

This introductory workshop is designed to introduce the conversation of racial disparity through the lens of identity, power, and privilege. Participants are asked to come with an open mind, prepared to listen to and discourse about topics that are sometimes challenging to discuss. During this workshop participants will:

  • Engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues around multiple concepts and perspectives in a brave space. 
  • Gain the knowledge and/or strengthen understanding of vocabulary and concepts related to social identities. Reflect on their social identities and openly discuss overarching themes with their colleagues. 
  • Gain the knowledge and/or strengthen understanding of target and non-target identities. 
  • Practice differentiating between the levels of oppression.  Exercise creative thinking and reflection on how we can build inclusive environments and services for students. 

CULTURAL HUMILITY 

This intermediary workshop is designed to engage participants in the process of understanding and applying the concepts of cultural humility. Participants are asked to perform an introspection about their own encounters with cultural humility. During this workshop participants will: 
  • Define the concept of cultural humility. 
  • Discuss the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility. 
  • Highlight the role cultural humility plays in higher education.
  • Explore the dynamics of difference. 
  • Reflect on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are associated with cultural humility.

MICROAGGRESSIONS 

This advanced workshop is designed to assist participants with the ability to recognize and alleviate microaggressions, personally and professionally. Microaggressions involve the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. In this interactive workshop, participants will: 
  • Define the concept of microaggression. 
  • Discuss examples of microaggressions in both their personal and professional lives. 
  • Explore the impact microaggressions have in institutions of higher education. 
  • Reflect on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are associated with microaggressions. 
  • Identify ways to alleviate microaggressions in their holistic lives. 

IMPLICIT BIAS

This workshop is designed to help participants’ identify their own implicit bias, and to help participants identify skills in which to discuss the impact of (implicit and explicit) biases and how to mitigate the impact of these biases in both their personal and professional interactions.