Date of event
Sept. 9, 2019
6 - 8:30 p.m.
2nd floor, Bernhard Center
Broncos come in all colors
"[I have] value as a multicultural individual and [I have] impact on my community."
About the 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.
The purposes of the event are to:
- Foster a sense of belonging and community among students who are traditionally marginalized
- Communicate to students of color that they are welcomed, valued and supported on campus and in the Kalamazoo community
- Develop personal connections and connect to resources to enhance the college experience for students of color
- Discuss issues important to students of color
- Create knowledge and understanding related to identity and systemic marginalization and to partner with others to bring proactive change that is equitable for all
Faculty Panel: Faculty of color from participating colleges provide tips for students to be successful at the institution. The panel also provides a question and answer period for students and an opportunity for faculty of color to mingle with one another and students.
Community Resource Room: Campus and community partners host tables where they provide resources to students and welcome them to the Kalamazoo community.
Student Resource Rooms: Registered Student Organizations provide "activities with purpose" in break out rooms where they creatively discuss issues that matter to students of color in this environment. Most activities focus on cultural acclimation and belonging.
Culturally Inclusive Food: Dishes that represent the domestic student of color communities are served after the faculty panel.
DJ/Dancing: A DJ plays live music during the event where students can dance and receive instructed dance lessons.
Prizes: Community partners provide prizes for students who participate in meet & greet activities during the program.
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Meet the faculty panel
Meet the committee members
Melissa Holman - College of Education and Human Development
Jane Baas - Lee Honors College
Enedelia Cruz - Division of Multicultural Affairs
Vun Doubblestein - Division of Multicultural Affairs
Lori Farrer - College of Education and Human Development
Katie Fox - Lee Honors College
Tomika Griffin-Brown - Haworth College of Business
David Huffman - College of Arts and Sciences
Keenan King - Extended University Programs, Pre-College Programming
Precious Miller - College of Education and Human Development
Heather Petcovic - College of Arts and Sciences
Jorge Rodriguez - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Liliana Salas - Division of Multicultural Affairs