Diversity and Inclusion

A time for diversity and inclusion, the College of Fine Arts.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The committee envisions a creative community in which all members are valued and affirmed.  The College of Fine Arts will continually promote an inclusive environment for all, regardless of creed, ethnicity, orientation and identification. 

"In diversity there is beauty and in diversity there is strength." -Dr. Maya Angelou

Mission: We will pursue a dynamic that engenders respect.  We will cultivate an environment that empowers our students, faculty and staff to recognize the dignity of every individual.  We will foster a community in which the opportunity to develop one’s full potential is available to every person. We will work to eradicate from our community all forms of discrimination.  We will encourage a dialogue of awareness and compassion.

Committee Members: Lofton Durham (chair), Dan Guyette (Dean), Kenlana Ferguson (facilitator), Patricia Villalobos EcheverriaMonique Haley, Seyong Kim, Jen Rock, Mary Land, Jeremy Blair, Keith HallKate ThomsenChristina Chin, Keith Kothman, Jessica MasseYu-Lien The

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Student Diversity Advisory Council

Land Acknowledgement


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.