Social Justice News

Kalamazoo College Announces 10 Finalists for 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership

Global Prize_MAP_FINAL 5.0 Kalamazoo College is pleased to announce the ten finalists for its 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership, a juried competition hosted by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL), in which one project will receive a $25,000 … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College Receives 87 Entries from 22 Countries and 18 States for 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership

GP_MAP_FINAL 5.0 Kalamazoo College has received 87 entries from 22 countries to its 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership. Entry deadline for the juried competition was April 17. Ten finalists will be announced in early July and vie for a … Continue reading

Author and Journalist David Finkel Delivers Kalamazoo College Commencement Address June 14

Hat Toss at K by Keith Mumma David Finkel, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of “The Good Soldiers” and “Thank You for Your Service,” will deliver the commencement address to the Kalamazoo College graduating class of 2015 on Sunday June 14 at 1:00 p.m. on the … Continue reading

NINE PARTS OF DESIRE in the Dungeon Theatre

inePartsThumb When Nine Parts of Desire premiered in New York City in the early 2000s, Gloria Steinem wrote, “The female half of Iraq has come to America.” It is with this philosophy in mind that Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents … Continue reading

Adding Voice to VISIONS

isionsThumb A committee of six faculty and staff members is offering a three-part multicultural training titled “VISIONS + Voices,” which is open to all Kalamazoo College employees. The sessions build upon diversity training offered in previous years to faculty and staff … 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