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Profile of Courage

DavidFranceThumb In May of 2013 alumnus David France ’81 returned to Kalamazoo College’s campus to present his Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” David has recently written and published a book of the same title, How to Survive a Plague: … Continue reading

Conference Honors K Student’s Research

SarahBraggTHUMB Sarah Bragg ’17 won an award for her poster detailing research on barriers to HIV testing. She presented the poster at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida, this month. Her work was awarded in the … Continue reading

Civic Engagement Conference Promotes Global Citizenship

CivicEngagementTHUMB About 75 people from 17 private liberal arts higher-education institutions and 11 nations met Oct. 23-25 at Kalamazoo College for a civic engagement conference. “Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts: Local Practice, Global Impact,” an Institute of the Global Liberal … Continue reading

“Without Borders” Conference Imagines World Where All Life May Thrive

WOBThumb The tension between what is politically possible under the world’s current political and economic systems and what is ecologically necessary exposes an urgent need for change, said journalist and activist Naomi Klein, keynote speaker for the conference, “Without Borders, Post-Oppression … Continue reading

GLAA Institute on Campus Will Explore Global Community-Based Learning

CCEThumb On October 23-25 Kalamazoo College will host the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) Institute on Civic Engagement. The institute is titled “Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts: Local Practice, Global Impact,” and its Sunday evening (October 23) keynote address, “Seeking … 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 Transformative Social Justice Leadership

On October 11, 2015, we announced the winners of the 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership.
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. 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