The Office of LBGT Student Services offers support, education and advocacy around issues of gender identity/expression and sexual orientation to the WMU community. We collaborate with student organizations, university departments and local organizations to provide our campus community with access to healthy resources, activities, and support services.
Diversity at Western Michigan University encompasses inclusion, acceptance, respect and empowerment. This means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the contributions we have to offer all the more valuable. Diversity includes the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity and sexual orientation; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes and abilities; and religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices.
Gender-inclusive bathroom and facilities
Gender inclusive bathrooms are available in various locations across campus. A map of unisex, single-stall and gender neutral bathrooms can be found here.
Upcoming events and announcements
WMU launches preferred name policy
Western Michigan University recognizes that some students use first names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As an inclusive and diverse community, WMU allows students to use a preferred first name different than their legal name for certain purposes and records in the course of university business, communication, and education.
For more information on how to indicate a preferred name and where it will appear visit the registrar's website.
SpeakOUT! speakers bureau panelist training
Register for our upcoming panelist training on Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the multicultural center in the Trimpe Building. This is a great opportunity to share your story, meet new people, and make a difference on campus. Lunch is provided.
Safe on campus training
Learn more about inclusive-language and tips for becoming a more effective advocate for the LBGT+ community. Our next training is coming up Friday, October 9 from 1-4 p.m. in the Trimpe Multicultural Center. RSVP online.
First year pride alliance
This program provides students an opportunity to meet new people, learn more about the LBGT+ community, and be a better advocate for LBGT people. Join us for this weekly program on Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. in our office and for our ice cream social on Tuesday, September 22, 6-7 p.m.
LBGTA student advisory council
Be a part of the change at Western Michigan University. Through the leadership of the LBGTA Student Advisory Council, we have successfully advocated for the student preferred name policy, the upcoming Spectrum House, an on-campus LBGTA interest-based learning community, and many more inclusion initiatives.
Career mentorship program
Join us for this rewarding, enriching and fun mentorship program. Apply to participate as a mentor or a student mentee. All mentors and student mentees will have an opportunity to learn more about the program and meet each other at our kick-off event Friday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bernhard Center.
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