Social Justice News

Kalamazoo College Lecture Will Focus on the Holocaust

orisBergen The 2015 Edward Moritz Lecture in History coincides with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and the end of World War II. The lecture will occur Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Dewing Hall Room … Continue reading

K Goes Test Optional

Spring at Kalamazoo College After the current 2014-15 admission cycle, Kalamazoo College will no longer require ACT or SAT standardized test scores to be part of a prospective student’s application. The change will affect students applying for enrollment in fall 2016. The change makes … Continue reading

Spring Break Update and Message From Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran Spring Break 2015 at Kalamazoo College begins Wed. March 18 at 12 noon. The following message was sent to all K students, faculty, and staff on Monday March 16… Dear Members of the Campus Community: As some of you prepare … Continue reading

K Seniors Win Davis Project for Peace Grant

llisonKennedy Kalamazoo College seniors Jasmine An and Allison Kennedy will receive a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant to implement a five-week creative writing and leadership workshop for previously incarcerated individuals in Kalamazoo. Both women are fellows at the Arcus Center … Continue reading

Miles to Go: Toward an Equitable, Inclusive Campus Learning Experience

In recent weeks, three separate events embedded in a much broader historical context have brought to light the need for greater attention and resources devoted to shaping our campus climate and continuing to foster a  community that is safe and … 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 Collaborative Social Justice Leadership

Please join us for second Global Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership to be held October 9-11, 2015 on Kalamazoo College Campus. Please stay tuned for more information.
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. 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