Social Justice News
Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo CollegeSocial 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.
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
"We are excited by the opening of the new ACSJL building, the first structure ever designed with social justice as its conceptual framework. Our (2014-2015) theme is therefore Building Justice and 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