Social Justice News

“Boycott, Divest, and Sanction” movement against Israel will be discussed at Kalamazoo College conference

Without Borders image From the 1950s through the 1980s, global activists organized economic boycotts, academic boycotts, and divestment campaigns to pressure South Africa’s government into abandoning its official policy of racial segregation, known as apartheid. Today, a growing movement uses similar tactics against … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College Conference Gathers Experts on Immigrant and Undocumented Youth

ithoutBordersThumb Amidst the controversy surrounding the nearly 60,000 undocumented and unaccompanied youth who have migrated to the United States in recent months, primarily from Central America, international experts on immigrant and undocumented youth will convene at Kalamazoo College. Their gathering is … Continue reading

“Conference/Un-Conference” at Kalamazoo College To Examine Political, Ideological, Cultural, and Social Borders

With/Out Borders Art Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is still accepting registrations to the “With/Out – ¿Borders? Conference” scheduled for September 25-28, 2014 at the College. Registration information and a conference schedule can be found at https://reason.kzoo.edu/csjl/withoutborders, or by contacting … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College Selects Mia Henry as Executive Director for Its Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Mia Henry named executive director for Kalamazoo College''s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. (KALAMAZOO, Mich.) July 14, 2014 – After a national search, Kalamazoo College has named Mia Henry as executive director of its Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. She will begin her duties in Kalamazoo on August 11. Since 1998, Henry … Continue reading

Outstanding Community Advocates

Roxann Lawrence (left) and a CAPS student Seniors Roxann Lawrence and Raven Fisher have integrated community service into their undergraduate academic learning in ways that are unmatched by most college students in the state of Michigan. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Roxann and Raven are co-recipients of … Continue reading

Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College

With/Out – ¿Borders?

The 2014 With/Out – ¿Borders? Conference aims to question, interrogate and complicate the very notion of borders from a number of intersectional, cartographical, ideological, political, cultural, and social locations. Register and learn more here.

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."
— Jaime Grant, Executive Director, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
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.
"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