Social Justice News

NAACP Cites Work of College, President

resEWO On any given day you can find a Kalamazoo College student playing ping pong, shooting baskets or serving up a hot meal at the Douglass Community Association. A center for social, recreational and community development activities in the city’s Northside … Continue reading

“Autism in Love” a First of Four

ndieFilmThumb Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) will partner with Media Arts Academy of Kalamazoo to host free community sneak previews and discussions of films to be aired on the award-winning weekly PBS series Independent Lens, beginning with … Continue reading

K Expert on Anti-Semitism and the EU Addresses Colloquium in England

Amy Elman, the Weber Professor in Social Science, traveled to Bristol, England, in September as an invited speaker at an international colloquium on contemporary anti-Semitism. Her talked was titled “The Enduring Significance of an Abandoned Definition: the EU’s Working Definition … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership Goes to Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement 2 Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia), the only LGBTQ Latino organization in the United States that focuses on racial justice through a trans and queer lens, is the winner of the 2015 Kalamazoo College Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice … Continue reading

Meet the finalists for the 2015 Kalamazoo College Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership

Meet the finalists for the 2015 Kalamazoo College Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership. Learn more about each finalist here: https://reason.kzoo.edu/csjl/prize/finalists. One finalist in this juried competition will receive the $25,000 Global Prize. The recipient will be announced by … Continue reading

Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College

Social justice recognizes the inherent dignity of all people and values every life equally. It calls for both personal reflection and social change to ensure that each of us has the right and the opportunity to thrive in our communities, regardless of our identities. Those who strive for social justice believe in the triumph of our shared humanity.

Social justice leadership is at the heart of a Kalamazoo College experience.

It traces back to the mid-1800s when K leaders James and Lucinda Stone embraced educational opportunities for women and welcomed anti-slavery activists such as Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson into their home and classrooms.

It’s evident in the diverse, inclusive student body, and in the student who model social justice in the student organizations they lead.

It lives in the ranks of K faculty and staff members who incorporate its tenets in coursework, civic engagement programs, and other experiential programs at home and abroad.

2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership

On October 11, 2015, we announced the winners of the 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership.
Kalamazoo’s long commitment to social justice and leadership development is most evident in the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, made possible through a generous endowment grant from the Arcus Foundation.

The Arcus Center supports initiatives proposed by students, staff and faculty, provides forward-thinking programming, offers fellowships for emerging and veteran social justice leaders, and hosts annual signature events with global reach. The work is rooted in a set of values collectively developed by the College community:
  • Inspire Unity
  • Spark Intellectual Growth
  • Nurture Leadership
  • Build Community
  • Embrace Change
Through the Arcus Center, Kalamazoo College will develop leaders who will engage in civil rights, human rights, and social justice leadership work in our community and around the world.
"We are excited by the opening of the new ACSJL building, the first structure ever designed with social justice as its conceptual framework. We are inspired to ask: How do we create a strong foundation on which future generations can do the important work of creating a more just world? What can the process of construction teach us about the use of new resources and new ideas? How do we build justice collaboratively?"
— Mia Henry, executive director, and Lisa Brock, academic director