Activities, Sponsored Programs and Initiatives

Request for proposals

  • Up to four awards will be funded up to $500 each
  • Due: Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
  • Award Notification by Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Western Michigan University endeavors to be a community that excels in inclusion so that each member of our community can flourish academically and professionally. In an effort to make WMU a campus that affirms the dignity, value, and uniqueness of all its members we would like to encourage registered student organizations, departments and units, faculty, and staff to submit proposals for programs or strategic initiatives relevant to this year’s theme, “Kneeling for Justice, Then and Now: As You Choose.”

Project purpose

Each funded sponsored program and Initiative offers an educational opportunity to our campus and community with regard to social justice and equity in order to further inclusion on campus and/or in society in general. The programs and initiatives will occur throughout the spring 2019 semester. 

Requirements and eligibility

Faculty, staff, departments, units and registered student organizations are encouraged to apply with preference given to proposals that include collaborations between organizations, departments, units and registered student organizations. The proposal should not exceed four pages in length with standard one inch margins and include the names and contact information of all the collaborators. Funding decisions will be emailed to applicants. 


Proposals must contain a detailed budget and budget narrative.

  • Faculty, staff, students and other program organizers are expected to volunteer their services as compensation for these activities will not be funded.
  • Funding for refreshments, including food and drinks, are excluded from consideration.

Questions and submission

Examples from previous years

Previously funded topics have included Bridging the University and Community with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Philosophy; Health Disparities Globally or Locally; Perspectives on Social Justice in the Local Setting; The Role of Popular Culture in Social Change, Media Coverage of Global Issues; The Multicultural Workplace; The Philosophy of Social Change; Women and Civil Rights; and Incorporating Social Justice Issues in K-12 and College Curricula.

Book circle

Discussion of contrasts in cultural narratives in “The Clansman,” “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wind Done Gone.”

Dialogue circles

Discussion and reflections of MLK were shared, followed by a brief summary lecture. 

Minorities in business

Workshop and seminar provided students of color a look at the business world and tips on how to get ahead, including interviewing and résumé skills.

MLK and Vietnam

Lecture giving an analysis of MLK’s position on the war and how Dr. King saw war as an enemy of the poor.

Teaching about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement

Workshop for teachers and aspiring teachers on how the causes that Martin Luther King stood for are still pertinent today.