Welcome to the Office of Community Outreach

WMU students at trash pick up event

Members of the Western Student Association recently cleaned up the roadside along Michigan Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo.

At Western Michigan University, we are committed to partnering with our community. Businesses, non-profits, municipalities, neighborhoods; WMU appreciates the opportunity to have (or continue) 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. Please join us: Invitation.

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Civic Action Plan accepted by Campus Compact

Campus in action badgeA team of campus and community members developed a Shared Gold Civic Action Plan describing the steps Western Michigan University will take to create and sustain high-impact relationships in the community. The goal of these relationships is to enhance community health, wealth, education, and culture. Learn more on WMU's Campus Compact page.

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. 

Draft of Kalamazoo's strategic development plan now available

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.