To achieve the status of Global Bronco, students must attend a minimum of six designated events specified by GEP. These events are held frequently around campus, and all include an international component that furthers global engagement for participants. Examples of these events include the following:
Haenicke Institute Workshops: This may include international communication training sessions, development events, or any other workshops coordinated and promoted by HIGE.
GEP-Organized Events: In addition to workshops, the GEP hosts social and educational events for students. These include guest speakers, international student socials, global engagement events, and more.
Study Abroad Information Sessions: To promote global engagement and study abroad, students can attend a study abroad information session virtually, Monday through Friday. This is the first step to studying abroad and can be done immediately after freshman orientation. Sign-up today!
Conversation Circles: Held weekly throughout the year, the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) hosts Conversation Circles that create opportunities to explore new cultures and practice second languages for both domestic and international students.
Designated Events on ExperienceWMU: A designated Global Engagement category on ExperienceWMU gives students the chance to search for globally engaging events on campus that the GEP has tagged and vetted for the Global Bronco status. These include international guest speakers, international RSO events, and other cultural gatherings.
To get credit for attending any of the events above, students must swipe their Bronco ID at the event. This will mark attendance and progress in the Global Engagement Path on ExperienceWMU.
In addition to attending at least six of the events listed above, students who want to achieve Global Bronco will need to fulfill two of the following requirements:
Attend a Mini-Cultural Festival: Held twice yearly on campus, the mini-cultural festival is an opportunity to mingle with students from around the world and exchange cultural traditions and stories.
Attend the International Festival: Held once yearly at WMU, the International Festival is one of WMU's longest-running celebrations of international culture, food, and art, with live performances, fantastic cuisine, and more.
Submit a Gilman Application: Students planning to study abroad can apply for the Gilman Scholarship Program. This a federal study abroad scholarship awarding up to $5,000 to students receiving Pell Grants that are going on a university study abroad program. Details for deadlines and eligibility are available here: https://wmich.edu/studyabroad/gilman.
Volunteer Event Support: Students may also opt to provide volunteer support for a designated GEP event. Opportunities will be promoted through GEP for specific events held throughout the year.
Help run an International Registered Student Organizations (RSO): By serving on the executive board (president/vice president/treasurer/secretary/etc.) of an approved international RSO, students gain valuable leadership and management experience that prepares them for any future role.
To get credit for attending any of the events above, students must swipe their Bronco ID at the event. This will mark attendance and progress in the Global Engagement Path on ExperienceWMU. Some experiences, such as running an International RSO, need to be manually submitted by students in ExperienceWMU.