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Civic Engagement & Service-Learning

Engaging students, faculty, and community members in sustained partnerships that foster collaborative learning and civic participation in a diverse, democratic society

The programs of the The Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Civic Engagement strengthen the community and promote academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility among our students. Some course-based service-learning projects only occur during a 10-week quarter; most projects are ongoing and take place within the context of reciprocal partnerships with not-for-profit agencies, public schools, government entities and grassroots efforts. Many partnership endeavors span both academic service-learning and co-curricular work in order to provide continuity and cohesiveness.

“Be not simply good; be good for something."
~ Henry David Thoreau
More than 600 Kalamazoo College students work in the community every year, most through service-learning courses. But each year approximately 200 students are engaged in ongoing projects outside of courses. They earn minimum wage through federal work study placements or work as “volunteers,” committing to at least three hours per week throughout the term. Most work the full academic year.  These ongoing co-curricular programs are coordinated (and frequently designed) by K student leaders, who hold Civic Engagement Scholarships .   Many others also hold Americorps scholarships.  All students who participate in service-learning programs are required to attend structured reflection sessions and workshops in order to learn from their community experiences and connect them to issues of social justice.  

Civic Engagement News

STORIES Wins at North by Midwest

toriesTHUMB EDITOR’S NOTE (May 24): “The Stories They Tell” won the Kalamazoo Film Society’s “Palm d’Mitten” Award for best local film. And the documentary won second place for best feature film at this weekend’s NxMW Film Festival in Kalamazoo! Pictured (below) … Continue reading

Diamonds in the Rough

iggensThumb Tom Higgins ’92 returned to his alma mater in early April as part of a visit coordinated by the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society. Higgins talked about “How Undergraduate Research Experiences Can Change Students’ Lives.” He should know.  … Continue reading

K Awarded Top Civic Engagement Honor

CEThumb Kalamazoo College is Michigan’s 2016 Engaged Campus of the Year! Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) recently announced K’s selection for the honor by a team of national reviewers at MiCC’s Awards Gala, held at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center in East … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Center for Civic Engagement

CEAnniv The Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) turns 15 this year, and its hard to imagine better origins. It began as a joint brainstorming effort between students, faculty and several community partners with the intent on redefining … Continue reading

Pro Voice: “You are not in her shoes.”

Throughout Winter Quarter 2016, students in the Kalamazoo College “Feminist Psychology of Women” course have interviewed a range of individuals associated with Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan. “ProVoice: The Abortion Monologues — You Are Not in Her Shoes,” a … Continue reading