WMU Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Manager, DEI and Culture

Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
Posted Date 8 hours ago(12/4/2023 1:16 PM)
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# of Openings
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62,315 - 72,715


The Manager of DEI and Culture will work directly with the Associate Dean for Health Equity and Associate Dean for Culture to advance the DEI and Culture mission of the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed). This position will assist in creating a campus environment that educates and affirms diversity and supports WMed's campus development to become a more inclusive campus. This manager’s responsibilities will be primarily internal facing, helping to implement DEI and culture programming for our WMed community, which will include inviting speakers and trainers with local and national expertise. The manager will work with WMed's diverse faculty, staff, residents, and students. The manager will work in collaboration with other department and office leaders that are designated to DEI work within their areas as well as in collaboration with the program specialist for culture and health equity and community affairs. Experience working with culturally and ethnically diverse student communities is essential.


This position will have excellent interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail and experience/knowledge for program evaluation. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently and as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem-solving.


  • Provide guidance in the strategic planning, development, execution, management, and evaluation of Culture, DEI, Wellness, and Belonging strategies, while providing guidance to senior leadership and managers throughout the organization.
  • Manage strategic priorities to increase employee retention at WMed related to DEI, Culture, and Belonging in partnership with HR.
  • Coordinate regular reviews of policies and practices related to Culture/DEI/Wellness strategic priorities.
  • Collaborate across WMed to understand key strategic workstreams, priorities and deliverables for Culture, DEI, and Wellness.
  • Key role: Oversee the implementation of several  trainings and initiatives to support the DEI and Culture:
    • Trainings: (a) WMed Ally Training Program,- includes regular check-ins and continuous quality improvement as well as helping to plan facilitated conversation series as part of the Courageous Conversation series ( minimum quarterly events)
    • (b) Courageous Conversations series, -includes help with meeting with panelists to outline program
    •  (c) Culture Microlearning.
    • Initiatives: (a) DEI curriculum and policy review as part of the DEI strategic committee and sub-groups
    • (b) programming to create a sense of connection and belonging (such as events to gather and promote individual and organizational well-being).
  • Collaborate with student groups, campus departments, and community partners to determine needs and plan for cultural and educational initiatives as deemed appropriate.
  • Enhance current programs and create new programming that promotes diversity and inclusiveness and builds belonging at WMed.
  • Develop, implement, and effectively communicate initiative updates with the input of key partners (HR, Communications, SAC, FAC, etc.) and leadership.
  • Manage Culture/DEI budget.
  • Manage and create reports regarding Culture/DEI/Wellness initiatives for the organization.
  • Assist with proposing operating and program budgets.
  • Assist with marketing, communications, and community outreach.
  • Support departmental and campus initiatives that promote cultural humility and multicultural excellence.
  • Assist with strategic planning activities and initiatives consistent with relevant goals and objectives of WMed’s DEI and Culture Initiatives and generate related reports.
  • Assist with program evaluation and the assessment of current operations for continuous improvement.
  • Stay informed of national trends and current publications on relevant DEI and culture topics.
  • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquire knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or a Social Sciences or Humanities discipline preferred.
  • 3-5 years of full-time professional experience in programming and outreach efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or wellness, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Strategic planning experience.
  • Experience/knowledge for Program evaluation methodology
  • Experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Supervisory experience (student supervision may be required).






  • Content familiarity and a commitment to stay current on issues pertaining to culture, DEI, and wellness.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to track details across multiple complex projects.
  • Ability to engage in strategic planning processes.
  • Ability to coordinate/facilitate workgroups.
  • Strong written/verbal interpersonal and communication skills, including presentations and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, understanding the needs of various stakeholders.
  • Ability to listen to others and maintain professionalism and confidentiality with sensitive information.
  • Ability to role model exemplary ethical and professional behaviors and the medical school’s values for faculty, students, residents, and staff.
  • Ability to listen, foster teamwork, and accept accountability.
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)


We are committed to excellence and health equity through transformative medical education, high-quality, patient- and family-entered care, innovative research, and community partnerships within a just culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is health equity for all in Southwest Michigan through innovation in the practice and study of medicine.


The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon a $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed is a recipient of the Empowering Futures Gift, a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school. WMed contributes to the economic vitality of Southwest Michigan through the services we provide as well as the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an annual estimated economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.


WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The medical school offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. We train physicians in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support our educational mission, we have Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.


WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.


The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.


WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. 


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace. 


EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.



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