Who We Are


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.  

Lewis Walker Institute

Dr. Lewis Walker Brief Profile

Background Profile

Full Vita

Faculty and Staff

Annual Report, August 31, 2012

Annual Report, June 28, 2013

Annual Report, 2013-14

Where We've Been and Where We Are Going - By Tim Ready,Director

Walker Fellows

Beginning in 2011, the Walker Institute established the Walker Fellows program. Through it, a group of 14 fellows composed of community leaders and WMU faculty regularly meet to discuss community needs and opportunities for applied research and authentic collaboration in service to the community. 

For a list of Walker Institute fellows, Click HERE

To see a list of projects and initiatives of the Walker Fellows, Click HERE

Lewis Walker Institute
The Study of Race and Ethnic Relations
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5236 USA
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