Social Justice News

A Strong Sustainability Finish

RM_logo_2013 The Recyclemania 2014 tournament is “in the books;” and Kalamazoo College finished first in two categories–the Per Capita Classic, and Bottles and Cans. Recyclemania is the annual friendly competition among 461 universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada dedicated … 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

K Alum and Social Justice Warrior Dies

Chokwe Lumumba ’69 Chokwe Lumumba ’69, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, died on February 25, 2014. He was 66. He came to K from Detroit, Michigan, as Edwin Taliaferro. He majored in political science, played football and basketball, and was instrumental in the creation … Continue reading

Art Professor Honored for Civic Engagement

Associate Professor of Art Sarah Lindley received the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Service Learning Award Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) honored Associate Professor of Art Sarah Lindley with its biennial MiCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award, the highest honor that MiCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan. Lindley has made outstanding contributions in … Continue reading

New Arcus Center at Kalamazoo College Attracting Attention

Arcus Logs 10 Wood is used in one way or another on just about every home or building, from frame to trim, from siding to roof, and to finely crafted accents. But chances are you’ve never seen a building with log “bricks” laid … Continue reading

Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College

Global Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership

Kalamazoo College announces a $25,000 biennial prize that will honor innovative and collaborative projects in social justice and human rights anywhere in the world. Prize details

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