Please notify our office if accommodations are needed to make the event accessible. We can be reached at (269) 387-6313.

WMU Speakers

WMU speakers or facilitators available to support diversity and inclusion presentations/workshops/events

If you are affiliated with WMU (students, faculty, staff, or administrators) and have educational, professional, and/or lived experience that enables you to present or facilitate diversity and inclusion events or workshops, please complete this form. WMU departments, units, or registered student organizations often seek presenters and facilitators. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like greater capacity to support these requests.

MLK celebration events

The 2018 MLK Celebration theme is the “What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?” For more information about the events and volunteer opportunities, visit the MLK celebration website. 

Diversity discussion series and events

These events serve as a catalyst to promote, celebrate and increase awareness about diversity and to encourage cross-cultural interaction. See the tabs at the left to learn more about an event.

Sponsored events

Events hosted by units within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Fall Fab Fest

Join the Office of LBGT Student Services to welcome LGBT students and their allies to Western's campus! We will offer resources for students around campus and Kalamazoo, local entertainment, and free food! For more information, please visit the Office of LBGT Student Services page.

  • Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, Multicultural Center, Adrian Trimpe Building, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Multicultural Meet and Greet

The Multicultural Meet and Greet is an orientation that encourages sense of belonging for students of color at WMU and in the greater Kalamazoo community. The event intends to increase retention and graduation rates for WMU students of color through coordinated efforts and college and community collaboration. For more information, please visit the Multicultural Meet and Greet event page.

  • Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, Second Floor of the Bernhard Center, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Overcoming Challenges for Undocumented Students

Julia Arce is an author, immigration rights advocate, and education advocate. She immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 experienced being undocumented for almost 15 years, including some of her years rising to prominence on Wall Street. Her memoir titled "My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street executive was published in 2016. The event is free and open to the WMU and broader Kalamazoo community. It is sponsored by the WMU Foundation Scholars, Seita Scholars, Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, North Ballroom, Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.

Multicultural Review

The Multicultural Review is an event where students showcase their talents in poetry, reading, music, dance, and much more. It is held during homecoming week.

  • Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, Bernhard Center, at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Program 50th Anniversary Celebration

This event will recognize fifty years of program success and bring alumni and current participants together to celebrate and reconnect. Admission is $45 per person. Register here. Contact Sue Murray at for more information.

  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in the East Ballroom, Bernhard Center, from 7 to 9 p.m.