Engaged Citizens

In academic year 2011-12, some 28 Civic Engagement Scholars (CES) are leading 20 different service-learning programs in collaboration with some 17 community partners. According to Breigh Montgomery, Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning, Institute programming this year will focus on food justice – with CES for MiRA (Migrant Rights Action), Farms to K, El Sol Elementary School Garden, Community Garden/Nutrition Liaison, and Club Grub at Woodward Elementary School.

Other programs use creative expression for empowerment among incarcerated youth and returning citizens; promote health (including provision of Spanish interpreter services in clinical settings and reproductive health education to young women); educate public school children about nutrition and gardening; encourage critical dialogue about access to arts; advocate for fair and local food; foster adult literacy; and reduce educational disparities and promote college access by working with hundreds of Kalamazoo Public School students in schools, community-based organizations, and on our campus.

This year’s civic engagement scholars and programs are:

  • Luis Basurto-Jimenez (Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies Medical Spanish Interpreter Program),
  • Zena Blake Mark (Keeping the Doors Open Math Enrichment Program ),
  • Ebony Brown (KDO),
  • Fanny Cruz (Helping Youth Through Personal Empowerment),
  • Faiza Fayyaz (Autism Awareness/Young Adult Program),
  • Raven Fisher(Community Advocates for Parents and Students),
  • Angela Frakes (Partners in Art),
  • Paul Garza(El Sol Elementary School Parent Liaison),
  • Alexander Griffin (Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative),
  • Amy Jimenez (El Sol Elementary School Tutoring Program),
  • Emily Katz(Woodward Elementary School Tutoring Program),
  • Komal Khan (KDO),
  • Colin Lauderdale(Farmworker Legal Services/Migrant Rights Action),
  • Roxann Lawrence (CAPS),
  • Jack Massion(HYPE),
  • Jay McMillan (Goodwill Adult Literacy Tutoring),
  • Anna Miller (Razas),
  • Ellen Murphy(Nutrition/Garden Liaison),
  • Catherine Oldershaw (Heartbeat),
  • Jamie Patton (Woodward Elementary School Tutoring Program),
  • Ian Powell (El Sol Elementary School Garden),
  • Meredith Quinlan (Women & Gender),
  • Dana Robinson (KCMS Medical Spanish Interpreter Program),
  • Chelsey Shannon (Rising Up),
  • Taylor Stamm (Partners in Art),
  • Charlotte Steele (Farms to K), and
  • Anna Witte (Woodward Club Grub).
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