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Social Justice News

Bring Some Friends With Curious Minds

ilensThumb Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Berry (and members of his “Voting, Campaigns and Elections” class) knew that the 2016 William Weber Lecture in Government and Society was too big an opportunity not to share widely. The late January event … Continue reading

Morowa Yejidé ’92, author of “Time of the Locust,” will give a reading at Kalamazoo College on Feb. 16

orowa Yejide_2 The Kalamazoo College Department of English will host a reading and discussion with author Morowa Yejidé ’92 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 205 Monroe Street, on the K campus. The event … Continue reading

Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

ilensThumb Martin Gilens will deliver the 2016 William Weber Lecture in Government and Society on January 25 at 8 p.m. in the Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room on the Kalamazoo College campus. The event is free and open to the public. Gilens … Continue reading

Alumnus Will Lead Effort to Solve Flint Water Crisis

arveyHollinsThumb Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has chosen Harvey Hollins III ’87 to coordinate the state’s response to the Flint water crisis. Hollins directs the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, which was formed in 2012. The problem with the city of … Continue reading

K Philosopher Writes About Syrian Refugees

axCherem Max Cherem, philosophy, has contributed a thoughtful reflection to a “Philosophers On” segment focused on the Syrian refugees. Since 2011, more than 10 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes, and more 4 million have fled their homeland, 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