• In Only Hurts When I Laugh: Flint's Water, Disinvestment in Cities, and Getting to a Future that Works for All of Us

    Backstage with Michael Moore, April 6, 2016

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    Walker Institute forum

    Lewis Walker, Doug Davidson and Ron Kramer at a Walker Institute forum on Race, Class and the Criminal Justice System.

  • WIRE Sports-based Youth Development Program

    Participants in the WIRE Sports-based Youth Development Program at the WMU Student Recreation Center, along with WMU service learning students Alexis Forbes and Kaichea Wright.

  • WIRE Math and Science Camp, 2016

    Kids have a blast examining Owl Pellets.


The mission of the Walker Institute is to engage in research, teaching and service to promote:

  • Understanding of race and ethnic relations, with a special emphasis on the causes of disparities and the contexts in which conflicts as well as shared purposes and perspectives arise.
  • Appreciation of the diverse peoples and cultures of the United States, with special emphasis on the peoples and cultures of Michigan.
  • More equitable and inclusive communities and institutions, especially in this region of the state and throughout Michigan.


Upcoming Events


Ending Mass Incarceration: Local, State and National Action Agenda featuring Dennis Schrantz

Dennis Schrantz is the Director of Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency's Center for Justice Innovation. He formerly served as the Deputy Director of Planning and Community Development for the Michigan Department of Corrections, where he oversaw the development and implementation of many initiatives, including the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative, resulting in a decline in the prison population by 12 percent, the closing of 19 prisons, and a cost savings to the State of over $118 million - without any related increase in crime. Prior to his work with the MDOC, Dennis was the Director of Adult Services at the Wayne County Department of Community Justice and the Executive Director of the Michigan Office of Community Corrections. Most recently, Dennis worked outside of Michigan as the Vice President of Business Development with Northpoint, Inc. and continues to consult as a criminal justice expert on a national basis.

Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. in 1301 Wood Hall

This presentation is part of the 2016-17 forum series, Coming Together or Pulling Apart? Race, Class and the Common Good

This event is free and open to the public.


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