Recognizing the tenure of Dr. Martha Warfield in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Martha Warfield, vice president for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will be honored for her 29 years of service to Western Michigan University. Students, alumni, colleagues, and friends from the community are welcome to attend the reception.

The Reception will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall.

Dr. Martha Warfield is shown smiling for a formal staff photo

Dr. Martha Warfield joined Western Michigan University as a psychologist and associate professor in 1989 within the counseling center. In 1992, she was appointed the director of the Division of Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Warfield's professional experience spanned several careers including being a social worker, probation officer, counselor, educator, researcher, psychologist, entrepreneur and administrator at WMU. Dr. Warfield holds a bachelor's degree in social science from WMU; a master's degree in education from the University of Oregon; and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Michigan State University. She also completed a post-doctorate fellowship at MSU's Institute for Research in Teaching.
Dr. Warfield is a pillar of the WMU and broader Kalamazoo community. She established the first African-American owned mental health clinic in Kalamazoo and served a six-year term on the Kalamazoo Public Schools' board. 
 
Dr. Warfield led the creation of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion when she was appointed vice president of the newly formed division. She developed a team that produced the first WMU Campus Climate Study report in 2013. Dr. Warfield also led the University community in the development of the Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan that was approved by the WMU board in 2006.
 
Dr. Warfield has received numerous awards in her career, including the WMU Distinguished Service Award in 2000 for developing new concepts for student retention programs and increasing the number of grant-funded programs; the 2008 NAACP Humanitarian of the Year Award for decades of contributing to helping students pursue their dreams through education; the 2009 YWCA of Kalamazoo Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award; and the 2010 ACE Network Distinguished Woman Leadership Award.