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Trustees to consider campus diversity plan

April 26, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees will consider a Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan and a revision of University policy on the awarding of honorary degrees when the board meets in public session at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 28.

Meeting in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center, trustees will hear details of the diversity plan, which was developed over the past two years. The plan will be presented by Dr. Martha Warfield, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of the presidential initiative on diversity, who has led the campuswide effort to develop the plan. The development effort was initiated by WMU President Judith I. Bailey in her February 2004 State of the University Address.

Trustees also will consider a revision to the guidelines for determining how honorary degrees are awarded and eligibility for such degrees. In addition, the board is expected to hear reports on gifts and grants, consider a number of personnel items, and hear several information items. The information items will include preliminary reports on a campus master plan for student housing, a redevelopment plan for the Bernhard Center, and room and board costs for 2006-07.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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