The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, established by the Board of Trustees in 1998, promotes and supports efforts towards globalization and internationalization of the academic environment of Western Michigan University. The Institute works closely with the International Education Council of the WMU Faculty Senate, as well as with international education committees and projects within and across colleges. Specific activities and responsibilities include:
- International Partnerships: The Institute administers more than one hundred official partnerships between WMU and educational institutions around the world, and assists university faculty and staff in maintaining and developing partnerships for research, faculty and student exchange, and other types of collaboration.
- Academic Programs: The Institute houses an undergraduate major program in global and international studies, and several minor programs in international and area studies in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences; occasional interdisciplinary courses in support of these programs are also offered. The Institute collaborates with all WMU colleges, departments, and interdisciplinary programs to strengthen global and international academic offerings through conferences, seminars, and by hosting several research centers and institutes.
- Faculty Development: The International Faculty Hiring Initiative utilizes designated salary funds to enhance global and international expertise in departments through faculty hiring. The International Faculty Education and Development Fund, as well as other resources, assists in faculty research presentation and curriculum development focused on international education. The Institute website hosts numerous research databases and directories.
- As a partner in the WMU Committee for Developing Leadership in Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion, the Institute works to enhance the efforts of the council as an integral part of its own efforts to achieve a truly global university.
- Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS): The University has provided English as a Second Language programming since 1975 through its Center for English Language and Culture for International Students, which currently has an enrollment of more than 200 students. The CELCIS program offers international students year-round intensive ESL courses in five levels, short-term intensive programs for guest students on campus and overseas, and credit-bearing English language classes. CELCIS also conducts an intensive training session and provides consultation services for international teaching assistants and faculty, and mentoring for pre-service ESL teachers. The program is engaged with the Southwest Michigan community through training services for business professionals, tutoring services for non-native English speakers, and consulting services for local educators about ESL instruction or cultural concerns. CELCIS is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation and complies with the guidelines and regulations of the following organizations: CEA, TESOL, UCIEP, AAIEP, and NAFSA.
- Community Outreach: The Institute is intended to become a resource and information center on globalization and internationalization for schools, public agencies, and citizen groups, a partner with public and private sector organizations with global involvement seeking collaboration with the university, and a focus for interinstitutional partnerships in global and international academic initiatives.