For Staff

International Festival has been one of WMU's signature global events for over 35 years. In 2023, it was moved to Miller Auditorium to accommodate student performances better.

Western Michigan University is committed to providing its staff the opportunity to increase and celebrate their global competency and engagement. Check this page regularly to learn about new opportunities!

To engage globally, staff can:



Celebrate global engagement 

The Global Engagement Award Committee is seeking nominations for the WMU Global Engagement Award. The contributions can be in the realm of teaching and other instructional activities, research and creative activities, service, and/or outreach.

Information and Nomination Form

Get involved with and share activities, events, and news with an international focus

A listing of campus and community events that have an international theme or focus is maintained by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and includes the Get Globally Engaged this Week!, a weekly email that includes forthcoming events, announcements, and news related to international activity at the University. The Global Engagement Information sheet is also helpful in talking with students about global engagement.

Global Engagement opportunities   

Follow non-mainstream news sources from other countries, set up social media feeds from sources that cover or are located in other countries, and stay geographically oriented by identifying current the locations of current events.


International visitors may spend time at WMU to participate in events, lecture, or learn more about Bronco culture.

Help with welcoming efforts



Invite international visitors

Interaction and collaboration with scholars from around the world is a critical component of a globally engaged campus, as noted in the University Strategic Plan’s third pillar. Western Michigan University encourages open dialogue and exchange between its faculty and staff and their international colleagues, including through invitations to campus.

Inviting International Visitors   


Travel Abroad

The Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Resources and information for WMU employees traveling outside of the U.S. for business, teaching or research is also available.

Fulbright application and information