ODI - Vision StatementODI - Mission Statement
NEW! Student Advisory Council
Help us make WMU an even more welcoming campus! As a new initiative, the Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Student Services has developed a Student Advisory Council to help inform the office as well as departments and resources throughout Western Michigan University on diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the university with a focus on creating a safe and welcoming campus inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity. Council members are expected to attend bi-weekly two hour meetings from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Thursdays. Council members will meet with representatives from WMU departments and services to learn about existing programs. Following their presentation, the Advisory Council will discuss and share ideas on how to increase awareness of existing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives and also provide suggestions on how to help improve our campus climate for LBGT and ally students. This is a great opportunity for students to help make WMU an even more LBGT-friendly place and gain leadership experience.
NEW! First Year Pride Alliance
New to WMU? Get the inside scoop! If you would like to find a support network, build frienships, find a safe space to be yourself, and make a difference within the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender community, the First Year Pride Alliance is looking for you!The First Year Pride Alliance is a cohort of first year students of Western Michigan
University. We promote a relaxed, inclusive, and safe space for all participants. The FYPA will assist you in learning how to advocate for yourself and others, allowing you and others to feel safe and comfortable at WMU. The alliance will prepare you to succeed by addressing many of the unique challenges facing LBGT and ally individuals while giving you the tools to thrive in a University environment. This group will be networked into resources for support at WMU, the Kalamazoo community, and beyond. By participating in FYPA, you will have a chance to socialize with peers and
build connections within the group to have throughout your college experience.
The First Year Pride Alliance will cover an array of topics, including:
Binaries vs. Spectrums: Where do we lie?
Coming Out (navigating new situations)
Spirituality and Faith
Consent is Sexy: How to ask
SpeakOUT! Panelist Training
Learn to share your story! Our Speakers Bureau program, known as SpeakOUT! provides an avenue for diverse groups of individuals to share their coming out stories in a panel format. By telling our stories in an effective, impactful way we can create a deeper understanding of the LBGT and ally community. This semester, we already have over 40 requests for panels! To meet this high demand, we are looking to expand our speaker base. Because coming out stories are a unique and personal experience for each person, it is exceptionally important to present a panel that represents a variety of experiences. Speakers can be WMU students, faculty, or staff or members of the local Kalamazoo community.
Sunday, January 20 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WMU - Trimpe Building (Multicultural Center)
Join us for this one-day 6 hour training and help make a difference in our community by sharing your story. Click here to RSVP
Lavender Graduation is a celebration that recognizes LBGTA students' contributions to the university and acknowledges their achievements during their college experience. Students are recognized for their leadership, success and achievement.
If you're interested in serving on the organizing committee please email email@example.com
National Coming Out Day
Commemorating the 1987 March On Washington, on Oct. 11, we celebrate LBGT people and their allies who “come out of the closet.” For many, this is an experience of freedom when they no longer hide alone in fear of discovery.
LBGT History Month
Join the Office of LBGT Student Services and the Student Leadership Team to learn more about LBGT History through discussion and presentations.
LBGT Awareness Week
This week of events is designed to educate the WMU community about LBGT-related subjects and raise awareness of the diversity of LBGT people on campus. Look for OUTspoken’s annual Drag Show and other exciting programs of LBGT pride!
Student Organizations for LBGT & Ally Students!
Wednesdays at 9 PM. This undergraduate registered student organization for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students meets weekly for educational, activist, and social events. OUTspoken is not affiliated with LBGT Student Services, but co-sponsors and volunteers at many LBGT campus events with LBGT Student Services. **OUTspoken does not meet during Summer sessions**
See our Facebook group for more info: OUTreach of WMU & Kalamazoo
This graduate registered student organization’s mission is to provide opportunities for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and ally graduate students to interact and build community. OUTreach promotes an affirming and supportive environment at WMU through gatherings and events, including speakers, workshops, and thought-provoking entertainment.
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.