Public School Visitation Program


Middle school and high school students and families will have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and educational breakout sessions at Western Michigan University. Activities will be available for middle school ages and above. Community tables and the MLK Memorabilia Exhibit will be available in the Bernhard Center. Middle school students will participate in the Career Cruising program where they will engage in interactive, experiential breakout sessions to broaden their understanding of education and career pathways. High school students will have the opportunity to engage in practical and social justice-related breakout sessions.  The event is open to families from Kalamazoo Public Schools and surrounding school districts.


  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
  • Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Ballroom, Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University


8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Registration and community organization tables
9:15 to 9:40 a.m. Welcome
9:40 to 9:50 a.m. Overview of the day
9:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  High Scool breakout sessions and middle school Career Cruising Program
12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:50 to 2:00 p.m.  Real Talk: Critical Discussions Around Issues that Matter



These breakout sessions provide high school students with a conference-style experience where they get to select which topics to engage in. In the past topics have ranged from activism in sports or history of Black music to money management and info sessions on the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship.


CAREER CRUISING: Middle School STudents


Career Cruising offers middle school students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that are directly related to science, technology, aviation, health care careers, and careers not generally well known to pre-college students. Various University departments facilitate interactive experiences to broaden career opportunities for middle school students. Departments develop a 15-minute activity for middle school students, which will exhibit the connection of science, technology, engineering, or math in their discipline and help students understand the career possibilities in their discipline.


If your department or unit is interested in facilitating an interactive presentation for the Career Cruising Program, please submit your proposal by November 15, 2019.


Creative Competitions

Art Competition

Poetry Competition