Portrait of Merze Tate
  • Portrait of Merze Tate

    Merze Tate College, honoring legacy of trailblazing alumna, opens doors at WMU

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Merze Tate saw boundless possibilities in a world where the odds were stacked against her; she refused to sit in the mold society created for her and instead set out to conquer her dreams and explore the world. Western Michigan University is honoring Tate's legacy by naming University College—the academic home for exploratory majors—after the inspirational alumna who was a scholar, world traveler, journalist, author and disarmament specialist who advised world leaders.

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Where will pursuing your passion take you?

Merze Tate College is an alliance of services, units, and departments that exist to help empower every student to reach their highest potential and provide them with ways to seize success, thrive in all dimensions of their well-being, and lay the foundation for a prosperous future.

Dr. Merze Tate was a dynamic trailblazer who bravely defied systemic injustices, challenged cultural expectations, and found ways to overcome barriers as she forged her own path toward success. As a teacher, journalist, author, inventor, and advisor to world leaders, she shared her knowledge and used her connections to uplift others, help them discover their potential, and amplify their voices.
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