Please notify Lindsey Palar, Program Coordinator, if accommodations are needed to make the event accessible. Lindsey Palar can be reached at (269) 387-6324 or

WMU Speakers

WMU speakers or facilitators available to support diversity and inclusion presentations/workshops/events

If you are affiliated with WMU (students, faculty, staff, or administrators) and have educational, professional, and/or lived experience that enables you to present or facilitate diversity and inclusion events or workshops, please complete this form. WMU departments, units, or registered student organizations often seek presenters and facilitators. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like greater capacity to support these requests.

MLK celebration events

The 2018 MLK Celebration theme is the “What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?” For more information about the events and volunteer opportunities, visit the MLK celebration website. 

Diversity discussion series and events

These events serve as a catalyst to promote, celebrate and increase awareness about diversity and to encourage cross-cultural interaction. See the tabs at the left to learn more about an event.

Sponsored events

Events hosted by units within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Hispanic heritage month: music celebration

Featuring musical performances by Mariachi singer, Gabriel Estrada III, who will be singing songs from Mexico; traditional Tex-Mex music by the Holland, Michigan group, Grupo Evolución, and a special performance by WMU School of Music’s Daniela Franchesca Peña Cabreja, who will be singing songs from throughout Latin American and Spain. This is the opening event for the celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month on WMU’s campus. The program is free and open to the general public.

  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at Center Stage, Bronco Mall, Bernhard Center, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kalamazoo Hispanic Fiesta

The Division of Multicultural Affairs at WMU is co-sponsoring the second annual Hispanic Fiesta with Despierta Kalamazoo. The Fiesta will be held in downtown Kalamazoo at Bronson Park. There will be a great variety of musical acts, food, and games for those attending. This event is free and open to the public; food will be available for purchase.

  • Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo.

Multicultural Meet and Greet

All are welcome! The Multicultural Meet and Greet is an opportunity for WMU students of color to build relationships with other WMU students of color, connect with multicultural registered student organizations, hear success strategies from faculty and alumni with similar identities, and link to the Kalamazoo community and learn about local resources.
  • Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Bernhard Center, second floor.

Time Management Presented by the Kalamazoo Promise Scholars Program

Interactive discussion on managing time effectively in college. Each participant will create a plan that includes class, work, and socializing. All are welcome. Each participants receives a gift. Light refreshments. View flyer.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at 3 p.m., "Our Space" in 1320 Adrian Trimpe Building.

Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities National Internship Program

Jonathan D. Santeliz, the national executive director for the HACU Internship Program, will present many opportunities the HACU National Internship Program has to offer for 2018. The internship program is open to all students. Most of the internships are based in the Washington, D.C. area.

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., Room 2014 Bernhard Center.

Creativity, Innovation, and Student Success: Getting the Most out of Your Educational Experience

This workshop is led by Dr. Harold T. Swift, who is an education administrator in the Kalamazoo Public Schools district  as well as an author, sports writer, and former Future Faculty Fellow. This event jointly organized by the State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency's King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program, Mentoring for Success Program, Michigan GEAR UP Program, and Visitor Professors Program. This workshop is open to all interested participants. View flyer.

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

Multicultural Review

The Multicultural Review is one of the largest events held on campus during homecoming week.  Western students display their talents in poetry reading, music, dancing, and much more. This program attracts a large and diverse audience including members of the Kalamazoo Community.

  • Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

Alma Latina 40-year celebration

The Alma Latina radio program first went on air on April 2, 1977 on WMUK-FM. This year we are celebrating the program’s 40-year anniversary with a reception at the WMUK-FM studio. This is the longest Spanish-language radio show in the Kalamazoo area. Over the past forty years, a great number of WMU student volunteers helped keep the program going. Alma Latina is very proud of the format of its music, which plays music from every corner of Latin America. This reception is free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in WMUK-FM Studio.

Lavender Graduation 

The Office of LBGT Student Services will host their annual Lavender Graduation ceremony to celebrate and recognize lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer graduating students.

Lavender Graduation was created in 1995 by Dr. Ronni Sanlo at the University of Michigan and has since grown to be celebrated at universities nationwide. Studies have shown that LGBTQ students have a disproportionate rate of attending or completing college if there is a lack of support in their respective communities, families, or universities. Lavender Graduation acknowledges that disparity, celebrates LGBTQ students’ identities, and recognizes their academic achievements. 

  • Wednesday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Wesley Campus Ministry.

"Our Space" Study and Popcorn Sessions

Popcorn, tutoring, and open study hours for students are held within the "Our Space" lounge in the Adrian Trimpe Building on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning in January through April, 2018.

  • Wednesdays January through April 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.