Social Justice News
Chokwe Lumumba ’69, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, died on February 25, 2014. He was 66. He came to K from Detroit, Michigan, as Edwin Taliaferro. He majored in political science, played football and basketball, and was instrumental in the creation … Continue reading
Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) honored Associate Professor of Art Sarah Lindley with its biennial MiCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award, the highest honor that MiCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan. Lindley has made outstanding contributions in … Continue reading
Wood is used in one way or another on just about every home or building, from frame to trim, from siding to roof, and to finely crafted accents. But chances are you’ve never seen a building with log “bricks” laid … Continue reading
“Students of color at colleges across the country have been organizing for years to foreground their experiences of racism – raising a broad range of issues from campus life, to curriculum, to hiring practices and faculty representation of people of … Continue reading
Aaron Saari ’98 was recently hired as the new part-time pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs, Ohio. A bible scholar and theologian, Aaron is the author of “The Many Deaths of Judas Iscariot,” a book about the … Continue reading
Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College
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 that models social justice in the many student organizations that they lead. It runs through the ranks of K faculty and staff members who embed its tenets in coursework, service-learning programs, and other experiential programs at home and abroad.
Kalamazoo’s long commitment to social justice and leadership development is most evident in our new Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, made possible through a generous endowment grant from the Arcus Foundation.
"Social justice leadership means valuing each and all our lives, and assuring that we all have the right and the opportunity to thrive in our communities."Through the ACSJL, Kalamazoo College will develop leaders who will engage in civil rights, human rights, and social justice leadership work here in our community and around the world.
— Jaime Grant, Executive Director, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
"The work of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is consistent with Kalamazoo College's history, mission, and liberal arts tradition. It demonstrates how we do more in four years, so our students can do more in a lifetime."
— Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College