Western Michigan University partners with Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) throughout 20 Kalamazoo Public schools to help kids stay in school and achieve in life. Here are just a few ways WMU has worked with CIS and the Kalamazoo Public Schools to support our 12,000+ kids:
- WMU students serve as interns through WMU’s School of Social Work and Interdisciplinary Health Services, tutor students through America Reads, serve as AmeriCorps VISTAS and youth development workers, and more.
- Western Michigan University Medallion Scholars from Lee Honors College impacted attendance at Milwood Magnet Middle School.
- Medical students from WMU School of Medicine helped Hillside Middle School students see potential career options for themselves.
- Western Michigan University’s Soga Japan Center has brought Japanese culture to students throughout a number of Kalamazoo Public Schools.
We look forward to our continued partnership with WMU and what the future will bring with Dr. Montgomery at the helm.
Dr. Montgomery earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and both master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University. He comes to WMU from Georgetown University where he served as professor of economics and dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy since 2010. No stranger to Kalamazoo, he has coauthored research with CIS Board Member Randall Eberts of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research—not to mention that his son is a recent WMU grad!
You can learn more about WMU’s new president, Dr. Edward Montgomery, by clicking on the links below:
Official WMU biography: http://wmich.edu/president/biography
Go here for Second Wave Media’s “Nine questions about Dr. Edward B. Montgomery, WMU’s ninth president.”
WMUK’s Gordon Evans interviewed Dr. Montgomery in May and rebroadcast it last week on WestSouthwest. You can listen to it here.