Social Justice News

Jewish Studies Program Sponsors Panel Discussion

SDiscussionThumb On Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Studies program at Kalamazoo College will host a panel discussion titled, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions: Alternative Narratives.” The discussion will take place in the Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room and is free and … Continue reading

Breaking down and crossing borders at “Art & Borders” performance

A willing audience member becomes part of the performance at "Art & Borders," Friday at K. For a moment, it was hard to distinguish reality from performance. Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Michèle Ceballos Michot walk through a door in a wall of windows and onto a concrete porch at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Gómez-Peña lights … Continue reading

With/Out ¿Borders? Opens Thursday

onferenceThumbnail More than 500 social justice advocates, scholars and leaders ranging from civil rights icons and eccentric artists to young organizers and poet laureates will be on the Kalamazoo College campus, as well as locations throughout the city, this weekend, Sept. … Continue reading

Arcus Center Building Dedication is Open to the Public, Friday Sept. 19, 4:00 p.m.

ACSJL 9-18 2 Kalamazoo College hosts a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 P.M., Friday Sept. 19, for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership building at 205 Monroe St., at the corner of Academy St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. The 10,000 sq. ft. … Continue reading

Working Together to End Violence

admillaCodyThumbnail Kalamazoo College’s Ethnic Studies program is collaborating with the student organization, Sexual Safety and Support Alliance, and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) to present “Working Together to End Violence.” The event will occur on Friday, September 26, … 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