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Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

What the Grant will Fund

Among the numerous ACSJL programs that the $23 million grant will support are:
  • two endowed Social Justice Faculty Chairs. Current chairs are held by John Dugas in political science and Adriana Garriga-Lopez in anthropology-sociology.
  • fellowships for “K” faculty and staff to support projects and scholarship related to social justice leadership.
  • four-year Enlightened Leadership Scholarships awarded to one “K” student each year.
  • annual Visiting Fellowships for scholars, activists, artists, thought leaders, and visiting faculty, as a way to introduce new scholarship, energy, and social justice activity and engagement to the campus and Kalamazoo community.
  • annual Spring Lecture Series featuring a prominent or provocative speaker to deliver a lecture to our campus and community.
  • a Social Justice Leadership Fund that provides grants to students, faculty, and staff who propose innovative social justice projects and programs.
  • summer internships that offer qualified “K” students the opportunity to integrate social justice theory with practice as interns at social justice organizations across the U.S. and abroad.
  • the Catalyst Project, a community-outreach and support initiative that will provide consulting and technical support to selected Kalamazoo-area social justice organizations.
  • the Praxis Center, an online resource center for scholars and practitioners of social justice work and leadership that will be launched later in 2012.
The grant will also fund ACSJL staff positions, including co-directors Jaime M. Grant (executive director) and Lisa Brock (academic director).