Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
ODI - Vision StatementODI - Mission Statement
Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes LBGTA students’ contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements throughout their college experience. Students are recognized for their leadership, success, and achievement. This is also an opportunity to recognize faculty, staff, and/or WMU groups who have made a significant contribution to the LBGTA community at WMU.
In addition to awarding certificates to the graduating students, up to five awards may be presented. The awarding categories include: Stonewall Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership; Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Ally Award; Lambda Leadership Award; and, Bronco Pride Campus Advocacy Award. Awards may recognize students, faculty, staff, administrators, or groups. Anyone is welcome to nominate people or groups who fit the criteria for the award. A selection committee composed of students, staff and administrators will decide award winners.
All award nominations are due by March 16, 2014
In 2014 we will award the first Office of LBGT Student Services Scholarships to two returning WMU students. The purpose of the Office of LBGT Student Services Scholarship is to provide a scholarship and recognition to students who actively demonstrate impactful leadership and service in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Support for this scholarship was provided by a grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Applications are due no later than March 16, 2014.
Graduating students who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and ally will be acknowledged and presented with a Lavender Graduation certificate and honor cords.
Students who graduated or are graduating in Winter 2013 or 2014, Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 are welcome and encouraged to participate.
If you are not able to attend but would still like to be recognized, receive a certificate and honor cords you may register for Lavender Graduation and arrange to pick up your certificate and cords following the ceremony.
All registrations are due no later than April 17, 2014.
Video from the the 2nd Annual
Excellence in Diversity Awards
is available on our Resources page.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion Vision
WMU recognizes that diversity and multiculturalism are essential for university administrators, faculty, staff members, students, alumni, and community partners to reach their unique potential in the areas of intellectual, personal, social, and cultural development in a fully engaged, enlightened community. Therefore, the University has a responsibility to encourage the exploration of the cultures and life experiences that are available on campus and in communities near and far, for cultural diversity makes sense only within a framework that enables equitable treatment of all in a community.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion Mission
WMU will be a leader in the area of diversity and multiculturalism by fostering an environment where diversity in all of its forms is investigated, explained, practiced, celebrated, affirmed, and vigorously pursued. WMU envisions an academic community that affirms the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each person. We intent to aggressively pursue the recruitment, retention, and/or promotion of a more diverse administration, staff, faculty and student body. Moreover, WMU aims to ensure that the campus climate is welcoming and affirming for all persons by addressing the causes and sources of structural inequalities and changing the decision-making processes that prevent “genuine participation” of all university constituents.