• staff in the Walker Institute Library

    Meet the Staff

    From left: Mimi Abdul, Shaghil Husain, Director Tim Ready, Gus Calbert, Carole Davenport and Erin Fortune in Walker Institute Library. Missing are Associate Directors Don Cooney and Doug Davidson

  • people seated in the Teach-in on Police Violence

    Teach-In: Police Violence, Racism and Social Justice

    Presentations by Lewis Walker and Timothy Ready with discussions led by WMU faculty members. Events were held at the Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations in Welborn Hall.

  • dr. walker raising his hand in a group discussion

    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.

  • kids playing in the hall

    WIRE Math and Science Camp

    Catapult experiment at WIRE Math and Science Camp, 2015.


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

Necessary but Not Sufficient: Social Mobility, Income Inequality and the Kalamazoo Promise

This is part of the Broncos First Seminar Series of the WMU Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education.

  • Presentation by Tim Ready
  • November 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. in room 2110 Sangren Hall

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