Events and Announcements


This virtual discussion will be hosted by Cheruba Dhanaraj, Doctoral Student in Counselor Education.

TOPIC: Intersectional Identities of Race and Religion of African American Muslims and Mental Health

Abu Bakr Abdullah, raised in Islam is a former Parchment, Michigan board member. Owner of Halalhandymen LLC, former Imam of the Bilal Islamic Center, and present Director of operations for EPG, Kalamazoo's finest executive security company. 

Nadirah Malikah Ibadullah is the sole proprietor of a small business and helps Muslim brothers and sisters find spouses. She is passionate about working with at-risk youth and assisting those in need.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 25th, 10:00 AM

Webex Link

You can also join by meeting number.

Meeting number (access code): 2622 167 0123

Meeting password: hFEdr5nTu88


DSS faculty advocate award 2022

Nominee Name: Dr. Bob White
Department: Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering

Nominator Name: Caroline Konstant
Department: Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering

The following information is the nomination written by Caroline Konstant, a student that is registered with DSS and a undergraduate senior in IEE.

Nominee's professional roles and responsibilities: Dr. White has been my professor for four years, and despite my recent admission to disability services, he has been incredibly accommodating to the adjustments that I have required. Dr. White has continued to provide me with assistance and to ensure that the accommodations that I have are met. Dr. White is a motivating teacher who connects theory to practice and offers pertinent real-world examples of how the course content relates to current events. He created a positive classroom environment and taught us how to express, listen to, and truly comprehend each other's points of view. Dr. White's lectures always forced me to think critically and introspectively about the course material. I was continuously encouraged to analyze how the material linked to my life and academic work as a result of the course tasks and discussions. Dr. White is genuinely deserving of this honor because he has continued to be a huge support system during my times of need.

Award was presented to Dr. White on April 19, 2022.


Congratulations to WMU’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers for being named one of the 2020 Champ Award recipients from Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo. NSBE was honored for their commitment to volunteering at Kalamazoo Central High, providing tutoring, and mentorship to students with an interest in STEM. WMU NSBE’s volunteering is inspirational and transformative for them and the high school students in which they have invested. Well done NSBE.

The West Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Building Bridges Through Education initiative has announced its inaugural Fellowship program for 2020-21.  BBTE Fellows is a culturally relevant, early career placement, and development pilot. The competitive, two-semester-long fellowship aims to assist talent and strengthen the diverse workforce pipeline in Michigan. Thirty-five students representing Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University were named the inaugural fellows. We are proud to announce that the following 8 fellows are Broncos: Leandro Bautista- Interior Design, Aunner Calderon- Biomedical Sciences, Alondra Ponce- Exercise Science, Giselly Silva- Biomedical Sciences, Cristian Vasquez- Biochemistry, Daisy Rivera- Pre-Nursing, Jose Cortex- Urban Planning, and Alondra Diaz- Film, Media & Video Studies.

WMU Partner “Building Bridges Through Education (BBTE)", an initiative powered by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Local Initiative one of only 21 in the country to receive national recognition for asset-based approach to serving Latinos.  2021 BBTE Receives National Recognition

On March 21, 1977, Phi Delta Psi fraternity was founded at Western Michigan University. It was founded on the principles of manhood, honor, perseverance, leadership, achievement and true brotherhood. It was seen as a means of enfranchisement for a group of students who were marginalized and not afforded full participation socially or politically on campus. This organization was founded by 10 Black male students at WMU. To learn more about Phi Delta Psi please go to


Click the link below to view the fall 2020 virtual celebration.




Video of Communities in Collaboration



Video of Communities in Collaboration


 Live Streamed on July 11, 2020, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via YouTube. This will be a dialogue between students from WMU and KVCC and public safety officers from both campuses to discuss the issues of racial inequities regarding policing, especially of Black students. 

Join Us at the Link Below

Video of Communities in Collaboration


Multicultural meet and greet 2021

Click the links below to watch the Multicultural Meet and Greet 2021 gallery.



Diversity education events

Click here to get more information about the events hosted by the Office of Diversity Education. 


If you are struggling to have consistent Wi-Fi access please go to the WMU Help Hub which has a list of resources for free to low-cost internet service at home. 

Also, PCs for people are another resource that provides low-cost computers and internet service to families based on income. You can find more information HERE.


If you are anxious about current events, here are some resources available to you:

  • Call Counseling Services at (269)387-1850 for an appointment.
  • Download the WellTrack App at your smartphone app store.
  • See other resources we've compiled here
  • Sign up for a webinar here


  • Establish a relaxation routine
  • Take care of your physical health


Anti-Racism Reading List

The following pdf has a list of 20 Anti-Racism Books.

Anti-Racism Reading List