Consider supporting the Kalamazoo community by making a financial contribution on our Humanities for Everybody Donation Page.

Our history and mission

Humanities for Everybody has been serving the community since 2011 with engaging humanities courses taught by experienced Western Michigan University faculty. Our mission is to bring together passionate and intellectually-curious people from all backgrounds to collectively wrestle with relevant ideas and issues in literature, history, philosophy and contemporary culture.

Who we serve

Our targeted population has always been members of the community who may not have had access to quality education in the past. We accept all adults, regardless of background.

Starting in fall 2018, we will offer our new Bridge Year Program designed to prepare first-generation college students from Kalamazoo Public Schools with an inter-generational, passionate and supportive introduction to college. Students and community participants in the program will attend three seven-week college courses. Kalamazoo Promise-eligible students will earn eight transferable college credits and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in college. In addition, all participants will receive free books, food, and bus tokens for transportation, as well as significant and accessible instructional support from onsite tutors and mentors.

Fulfilling the Kalamazoo Promise

For many first-generation college students, the Kalamazoo Promise remains unfulfilled. Financial support is not enough if students enter college ill-prepared for the unique social and academic pressures of campus life.

H4E is dedicated to seeing that our students succeed. Instead of spending their first year in large lecture halls with less personalized instruction, our students will benefit from small H4E classes (capped at 18), experienced and dedicated WMU professors, and a relational pedagogy that challenges as it supports. Our philosophy is that first-generation students will be more successful if they’ve already formed close relationships with passionate professors and community members who understand the social and academic challenges of college life. Our students are encouraged to take intellectual risks and to honor the pursuit of knowledge, in ways that build confidence and success.


Books by WMU authorsYour contributions make it possible for us to provide our participants with:

  • Course books.
  • Classroom materials.
  • Classroom refreshments.
  • Cultural and/or community events.
  • Transportation for students.
  • Childcare for students with children.

To make a contribution, please go to our H4E Donation page.

You can also mail your contribution to:

Humanities for Everybody
Center for the Humanities
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008–5490 USA