Committees

The College of Health and Human Services has a number of committees comprised of faculty, staff and (in some cases) students, that help drive initiatives within the college and across WMU's campus.

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Committee chair: Dr. Betty Dennis
Committee members are faculty and staff representing each school and department in the college. The committee meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion and develop activities and process to raise awareness and improve the inclusive culture of the college. The committee also hosts a biennial Diversity and Inclusion Conference featuring a nationally-known keynote speaker and faculty- and community-led sessions.

Curriculum Committee

Committee chair: Dr. Yvonne Ford
Comprised of faculty representing each school and departments in the college, this committee meets the third Thursday of the month, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

International Committee

Committee chair: Dr. Jessica Gladden
Comprised of faculty representing each of the schools and departments in the college, as well as representatives from the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, the committee meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters. The committee is focused on increasing opportunities for CHHS students to study abroad and for international CHHS students to share their experiences with American students while immersing themselves in WMU and CHHS culture.

  • International Initiatives

    FRAMEWORK FOR INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS

    Beliefs about international efforts

    The College of Health and Human Services International Committee believes the following about international efforts:

    • They are consistent with the Western Michigan University and College of Health and Human Services missions and core values.
    • They require culturally competent faculty.
    • There is inherent value in international experiences and education for both students and faculty.
    • They capitalize on the cultural desire of individuals and contribute to the development of cultural competence.
    • They are beneficial to teaching, learning and health professional practice within the context of a global environment.
    • They are an important corollary to the diversity plan of each program.

    Guiding principles for international efforts within the college

    • Any international activity will reflect the mission and core values of the University and the college.
    • The tri-partite academic mission of the University is the primary reason for international activities; that is, research and scholarship, teaching and learning, and service.
    • Any study abroad program must benefit both the College of Health and Human Services students and the host country (cultural reciprocity).
    • All College of Health and Human Services study abroad programs will include briefing sessions, readings related to sites to be visited, language skills as appropriate, and debriefing sessions.
    • Where possible, application of study abroad learning in health disciplines will apply to care for similar populations in Michigan or be broadly applicable to various populations who have migrated to the U.S.
    • Faculty international collaborative research or exchange teaching will reflect the principle of reciprocal benefit.
    • Faculty with international experience will share their learning with other faculty and students.
    • College of Health and Human Services faculty will work collaboratively with Haenicke Institute for Global Education, the Career English Language Center for International Students, and the International Education Council of the Faculty Senate on supporting international efforts within the college.
    • In general, funding support will precede actual international activities.

    ¹Cultural desire and competence: Campinha-Bacote, J. (1999). A model and instrument addressing cultural competence in health care. Journal of Nursing Education38: 203-207.

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Interprofessional Education Committee

Committee chair: Dr. Ann Tyler
Comprised of faculty representing each of the schools and departments in the college, the committee meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters. Besides working to improve interprofessional education opportunities in the college and with the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, it also hosts an Interprofessional Expo each year to highlight interprofessional thoughts around current health and human services topics.

Promotion Committee

Populated each year with full professors from units across the college.

Recruitment Committee

Committee chair: Lisa Brennan
Comprised of recruiting, advising and faculty representatives from all of the schools and departments in the college, as well as director of academic student services, director of recruitment and outreach and the marketing manager.