Prospective Students

Welcome to WMU and the Office of LBGT Student Services. The following are the most common questions that prospective and incoming students have of WMU, the campus community, and resources.

Academics

Does WMU provide any LBGT courses? 
Yes, the department of Gender and Women's Studies offers several courses depending on interest and availability. You can check their course offerings here.

Are there any scholarships for LBGT students?
Yes, check out our scholarship page.

Is there a library with LBGT resources, journals, books or media on campus?
Yes, the Office of LBGT Student Services has a library that can be accessed during drop-in hours or by appointment only.

Campus Life

Does WMU provide training sessions for LBGT inclusion?
Yes, faculty, staff, and students are welcome to sign up for a Safe on Campus training.

What are the housing options for LBGT students?
Housing tries to make accommodations for LBGT students to be placed according to how they identify. Spectrum House is an LBGT living and learning community available to undergraduate students.

Where are the gender-neutral bathrooms?
We have both a map and a list of gender-neutral, single-stall accessible bathrooms that are located throughout campus.

What support groups exist for LBGT students? What social events are offered specifically for LBGT Students?
The Office of LBGT Student Services offers twice monthly groups including: Bi-Weekly Pan, People of Shades Exclusively (POSE), and Trans Thursday. Our office offers the following annual events: Fall Fab Fest, Coming Out Week, Holigay Dinner, Finals Study Jams, and Lavender Graduation. Registered Student Organizations (RSO) include OUTspoken and the WMU National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA). 

How big is the LBGT community at WMU? 
In 2012, WMU did a general campus climate survey where almost 6,000 people (students, faculty, staff, and administrators) completed the survey. Of those who filled it out, 12.3% identified as LBGT (~690 people).

How welcoming is WMU?
WMU's non-discrimination policy includes both sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. WMU is ranked by Campus Pride as the top 5 LBGT campus in the state of Michigan and the top 35% in the Midwest region. 

Are WMU's LBGT community and programs addressed during student orientations?
Students who participate in fall orientations will have a campus tour where they will stop at the Adrian Trimpe Building to learn about the Office of LBGT Student Services in addition to other departments within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). 

Can I have a preferred name? And where will my name be displayed?
Yes, you can have a preferred name in a variety of places for free excluding the Bronco Card ($30 replacement fee). If you have a legal name change, the replacement fee is waived. 

Legal

Where can I go if I am being discriminated against on campus?
The Office of Institutional Equity handles all instances of complaints and discrimination. You can also report an incident using their online form.

Off-Campus

What's the LGBT community like within Kalamazoo?
The city of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo County prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression . Kalamazoo County also offers a county ID option where applicants must produce documents totaling 300-400 points on the ID program's system. There are several LBGT-friendly organizations in the community including OutFront Kalamazoo, CARES, Out Proud Safe, Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, and more.