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 the 2023-2024 academic year, HEJI will offer face-to-face instruction to incarcerated students at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI in cohorts of 25 or so.  We intend to offer 100% of the programming at this location.  The students will be admitted in WMU’s pre-Student Planned Major program in the College of Arts and Sciences and will be working concurrently toward a new proposed Liberal Arts Certificate.  Pre-Student Planned Major coursework will be fully transferrable toward a bachelor’s degree, which we also intend to offer at the prison within the next 2-3 years.


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