Welcome to the Office of Community Outreach

At Western Michigan University, we are committed to partnering with our community. Businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, neighborhoods—WMU appreciates the opportunity to have a meaningful connection with all of you. We value strategic business and industry partnerships, helping to build human capital, and working to resolve challenges of mutual interest. The associate vice president for community outreach invites you to Partner with Us.

Partner with us online form

ENTREPRENEUR Summer camp

Beyond the Lemonade Stand camp image of lemonade standFind out what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in this five-day summer camp, Beyond the Lemonade Stand: An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experience, planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to July 13. 

The camp is a collaborative effort between WMU's Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Registration limited to 25 participants. Learn more.

Kalamazoo Center offers paid internships for community work

The Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center is a not-for-profit initiative that provides WMU students with paid internships to plan and execute community-based events. KELC is a great resource for the Office of Community Outreach, and WMU associate vice president Bob Miller is a founding member of the organization's board of directors. Learn more. 

Lunch-and-Learn Series for technology ENTREPRENEURS

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP is partnering with the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center for a lunch-and-learn series designed to help technology startups be more successful in business. The series will feature six different events throughout 2018 that focus on topics critical for business startups. Sessions will be led by company thought leaders in capital formation, venture capital, intellectual property, labor and employment, executive compensation, tax and other practice areas. Schedule

Kalamazoo Mixed-Use Incubator

Efforts are underway to launch a mixed-use incubator in downtown Kalamazoo. Nearly 70 campus and community members are already involved in the initiative and a steering committee has been formed and a feasibility study is underway. Interested in learning more? Email inquiries welcome. 
 

Imagine Kalamazoo strategic development

Imagine Kalamazoo 2025, an initiative of the City of Kalamazoo's Community Planning and Development Office, has engaged citizens, community groups, businesses, developers, investors, philanthropists, and government officials over the past 18 months in the process of creating a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan for the city's development. A draft of the IK master plan is now available for review and comment. View the plan.