Academic Year 2017-18 Details

Titles and Descriptions

The Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Community program began as a way of engaging faculty, graduate students with assistantships, and staff members on diversity as a response to the 2010 Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative. As such, the foundation of each learning community focuses on a particular area of diversity and each topic is examined through the historical constructs of race and the intersectionalities of identities.

With this in mind as a foundation, the Everyone Counts Diversity Communities team of co-directors strongly encourages new program participants to participate in the Race, Privilege, and Power learning community in their first academic year with the program.

Disability, Access, and Holistic Inclusion in Higher Education: As a response to the 2010 Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative, this community examines the historical constructs of race and intersectionalities of identities. Participants engage in the exploration of systems of privilege and oppression through a historical context as they impact disability in higher education. This experience strengthens critical thinking among community members and develops them for participation and leadership in the creation of an equitable and inclusive environment. Participants grow personally and professionally within the context of a supportive community toward cultivating systemic, institutional, transformational change. 

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Inclusion in Higher Education: As a response to the 2010 Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative, this community examines the historical constructs of race and intersectionalities of identities. Participants engage in the exploration of systems of privilege and oppression through a historical context as they impact the LBGT community in higher education. This experience strengthens critical thinking among learning community members and develops them for participation and leadership in the creation of an equitable and inclusive environment. Participants grow personally and professionally within the context of a supportive community toward cultivating systemic, institutional, transformational change. 

Race, Privilege, and Power: As a response to the 2010 Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative, this community examines the historical constructs of race and intersectionalities of identities. Participants engage in the exploration of systems of privilege and oppression through a historical context as they impact racial and ethnic identities. This experience strengthens critical thinking among community members and develops them for participation and leadership in the creation of an equitable and inclusive environment. Participants grow personally and professionally within the context of a supportive community toward cultivating systemic, institutional, transformational change. 

Religion, Faith, Ethics, and Belief in Secular Institutions of Higher Learning: As a response to the 2010 Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative, this community examines the historical constructs of race and intersectionalities of identities. Participants engage in the exploration of systems of privilege and oppression through a historical context as they impact religion, faith, ethics and beliefs. This experience strengthens critical thinking among community members and develops them for participation and leadership in the creation of an equitable and inclusive environment. Participants grow personally and professionally within the context of a supportive community toward cultivating systemic, institutional, transformational change. 

Women Faculty, Staff, & Students in Higher Education (People of all genders are welcome): As a response to the 2010 Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative, this community examines the historical constructs of race and intersectionalities of identities. Participants engage in the exploration of systems of privilege and oppression through a historical context as they impact the range of traditionally marginalized gender identities. This experience strengthens critical thinking among community members and develops them for participation and leadership in the creation of an equitable and inclusive environment. Participants grow personally and professionally within the context of a supportive community toward cultivating systemic, institutional, transformational change. 

Ways to be involved:

1. Nominate WMU faculty members, part-time instructors, teaching assistants, staff members, or graduate students with assistantships for participation in Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Community.

Nomination Form.

2. Apply to participate in an Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Community.

  • Complete the application by Friday, May 26, 2017.

Application Form.

  • Provide a statement of support from your supervisor.

Supervisor statement of support.

  • Attend the AY 17-18 opening event tentatively scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Attend an all-community meeting on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Attend an all-community meeting on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Attend an all-community concluding meeting on Friday, March 23, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Meet bi-weekly with your Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Community generally scheduled for an hour and a half to two hours over the lunch hour.
  • Produce an individual or group project outlined in a poster for presentation or website display.