Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 3.00 Jeff Spoelstra
Sustainability Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
3,318

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
0

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
0

Name of the employee educators program:
Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Communities

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
0

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Faculty Development collaborated to offer Everyone Counts Diversity Learning Communities. The program began in February 2010 as a way of engaging faculty, graduate students with assistantships, and staff members on diversity through the Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative. As such, the inaugural program focused on race and ethnicity and empowered participants to explore this topic in a supportive community. These learning communities serve to equip staff members, faculty members, part-time instructors, and graduate students with assistantships.

Each year participants will focus on a topic area of diversity. In this year-long experience, participants will engage in regular meetings within a diverse group of 8-12 people who discuss literature on their diversity topic area, share best practices, listen to guest speakers, attend workshops and conferences, and dialogue around challenges and opportunities. While we believe this D&I program will not count for credit, we believe it is still valuable and have updated the headcount to zero to be more accurate credit-wise.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Faculty Development select hosts.

Participants are listed here: https://wmich.edu/diversity/everyone-counts-diversity-learning-communities. All employees are welcome to join.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

Internal training by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Faculty Development.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination):

Paid staff are available to facilitate these events.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of employees served and how employee educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours employee educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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