Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is an initiative of Kalamazoo College whose mission is to develop and sustain leaders in human rights and social justice through education and capacity-building.

Goals

Increase the capacity of K students, faculty and staff, as well as local and global partners to exercise effective leadership for human rights and social justice.

Model social justice in our workplace values, our relationships with partners, and in the development of innovative initiatives.

Foster widespread considerations of social justice by engaging transformative theories and practices in collaboration with the College and local community.

Develop frameworks for integrating social justice leadership into liberal arts education; this will ensure that Kalamazoo College is at the forefront of work in social justice within the higher education community.

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Arcus also participates in events hosted by members of the Kalamazoo local community that focus on integrating various aspects of social justice with community activism and dialogue.

Contact:

205 Monroe St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (Physical)

1200 Academy St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (Mailing)

(269) 337-7398.

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

https://reason.kzoo.edu/csjl/

Change Agent Consulting

Change Agent Consulting (CAC) is a full service consulting, training, and coaching agency providing services anywhere and everywhere the need arises. Change Agent Consulting understands how diversity & inclusion can be utilized as a tool to maximize performance, build stronger teams, and produce better internal and external work outputs/outcomes. Unlike other diversity & inclusion efforts,

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CAC individualizes the experience through assessment and the industry you represent. They create a process that is safe and effective at identifying organizational strengths and opportunities in the areas of diversity.

Programs:

Organizational Assessment
Diversity & Inclusion Planning
Implementation Tools
Training & Facilitation

Contact:

Demarra Gardner
PO Box 51445
Kalamazoo, MI 49005

(269) 779-0415

change.agent.consulting@gmail.com

Change Agent Consulting

http://www.changeagentconsult.com

Douglass Community Association

Mission

Ensure that effective, efficient, and quality opportunities in behavioral health, recreation, and youth and family development are available on the Northside of Kalamazoo.

The Douglass Community Association, named in honor of Frederick Douglass, was founded in 1919 to address the social, recreational, and cultural needs of African American soldiers stationed at Fort Custer and their families returning to segregated Kalamazoo from World War I. The DCA's vision is to be a center for diverse and world-class services which empower the residents of the Northside and the greater Kalamazoo area to enhance their quality of life.

Mainly a social service organization, The Douglass serves as a meeting location for many community events related to Race/Racism.

Programs:

Fredrick Douglass Recovery center

Douglass Youth & Community Services

Contact:

1000 W. Paterson St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

​​Tel: 269.343.6185

dcakalamazoo@gmail.com

http://www.dcakalamazoo.com

ERAC/CE - Eliminating Racism Claiming/Celebrating Equality

Mission

The mission of ERACCE is to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within Southwest Michigan institutions by providing education, networking, technical assistance and supportive resources to the region. We define Southwest Michigan as including Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Branch Counties. We also support and collaborate with antiracism work in other regions of Michigan as we are able.

ERACCE is a resource for Southwest Michigan institutions interested in building authentic, just, and accountable multicultural diversity.

Get Involved!

ERACCE sponsors and hosts quarterly regional 2.5-day Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism workshops in Kalamazoo. One-day workshops include Critical Cultural Competency, Introduction to Systemic Racism, Introduction to Food Justice, Introduction to Anti-bias, Anti-racism Education, and a 10-day workshop, Anti-Bias, Anti-racism Education Workshop (ABAR).

In addition, ERACCE offers, in partnership with Crossroads, an innovative process for creating Anti-racism Teams made up of institutional leaders, employees, and other stakeholders.

Contact:

(269) 459-9156 (office).

eracce@eracce.org

facebook.com/eracce

http://www.eracce.org

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan

Mission

The Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan promotes integration and works to eliminate housing discrimination through education, advocacy and enforcement of the fair housing law.

The Center works to ensure equal housing opportunities for residents regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, familial status, religion, age or marital status in 9 counties of Southwest Michigan.

Programs

• Investigates complaints based on discrimination

• Obtains evidence through testing and enforcement activities

• Trains housing providers, real estate professionals on the fair housing laws

• Trains bankers, mortgage brokers on the fair housing laws

• Presents conferences and workshops to the community to build knowledge
  of fair housing laws

Get Involved!

Individuals can become involved by volunteering as a tester or becoming a cooperating attorney.

Contact:

Cornerstone Building
405 W Michigan Ave, Suite #6
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007

(866) 637-0733
(269) 276-9100 (local)

info@fhcswm.org

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan

http://www.fhcswm.org

Good Food Battle Creek

Good Food BC is a group of organizations and individuals who work together to promote healthy food choices through education, support of local producers, and create access to good food for all people.

Our shared vision is that all residents have access to and are knowledgeable about affordable, fresh and nutritious food, and healthy lifestyles.

Our work ranges from supporting urban gardening and farmers markets to food safety and food justice. We also serve as a channel of support to existing work going on in Battle Creek and encourage you to share with us your events, news and information.

 

 

 

Contact

goodfoodbattlecreek@gmail.com

Good Food Battle Creek

Hispanic American Council

Mission

The Hispanic American Council, Inc. (the Council) is a nonprofit community organization established to advocate for the well-being of the Hispanic population in Southwest Michigan.  As a liaison between potential clients and service agencies, the Council seeks to meet the needs of a special population often hindered by language barriers, cultural differences, and unfamiliarity with service agencies and institutions. Throughout the programs and services offered, the goal of the Council is to assist Hispanics in attaining self-sufficiency and a higher level of social and economic well-being.  The Council also strives to nourish and encourage the diverse cultural heritage of the Hispanic population.

Programs

• Hispanic Liaison Services

• Language Services

• Counseling Services (bilingual)

• Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, and other issues of Safety

• Help with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes: Pantry Referral

• Helping with workplace discrimination

Get Involved!

An individual or organization can become involved by volunteering
in any of the above areas.

Contact

930 Lake St # A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

(269) 385-6279 (office)

lori@hispanicamericancouncil.org

http://hispanicamericancouncil.org

ISAAC-Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy
& Action in the Community

Our Mission

ISAAC is an interfaith organizing network of congregations and strategic partners working together to build a more just community.

Largest faith-based organizing group in Southwest Michigan, with over 20 member congregations & organizations! Most racially and religiously diverse organizing group in Kalamazoo.

Programs:

• 2015 Friends of Transit

• 2015 Friends of Transit

• Affordable Housing

• Early Childhood & k-12 Education

• Youth Violence & Drug prevention

Get Involved!

Individuals can become involved by supporting the different initiatives and serving on any of the above committees. Monthly meetings are open to the public, and individuals can volunteer at the ISAAC office.

Contact

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
247 West Lovell St. (between Rose and Park St.)
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269)-341-4213

isaackalamazoo@gmail.com

http://isaackalamazoo.org

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Mission

To make life better for all through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever.

The Community Foundation provides essential funding to programs that ensure all of our children have an equitable chance for success in school, that nurture and prepare all of our young people for life beyond school, that support individuals and families from all walks of life, that enhance community prosperity in every corner of Kalamazoo County, and make life better for all.

Get Involved!

People can become involved and support the KCF mission of equity by applying for one of their community grants. You may also donate and serve as funders to the Community Foundation or specific initiatives.

Contact

402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3888

(269) 381-4416

info@kalfound.org

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

http://www.kalfound.org

Kellogg Community College
Center for Diversity and Innovation

Mission

To foster leadership and innovation for an equitable Battle Creek by inspiring, supporting, and connecting diverse community leaders; and, to provide comprehensive support for community change initiatives that promote equity, leadership, and engagement in Battle Creek Center for Diversity and Innovation seeks to ignite a fundamental transformation in the city of Battle Creek towards the elimination of racial disparities.

Get Involved!

The Center offers films and discussions, speakers, White Men and Allies learning labs, coaching for Community Transformation training, workshops, panel discussions and performances among other learning opportunities.

 

Contact:

Jorge Zeballos - Executive Director, KCC CDI
450 North Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017

(269) 965-3931 Ext. 4415

Email zeballosj@kellogg.edu

Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College

http://www.kellogg.edu/community/kcccdi

Lewis Walker Institute for the
Study of Race and Ethnic Relations

Mission

The mission of the Walker Institute is to engage in research, teaching and service to promote:

Understanding of race and ethnic relations, with a special emphasis on the causes of disparities and the contexts in which conflicts as well as shared purposes and perspectives arise;

Appreciation of the diverse peoples and cultures of the United States, with special emphasis on the peoples and cultures of Michigan;

More equitable and inclusive communities and institutions, especially in this region of the state and throughout Michigan.

Get Involved!

The Institute offers workshops, seminars, and special events.  In addition, they offer  local research related to racial disparities. The Lewis Walker Institute also provides  WMU credit courses in Race and Ethnic relations.

Contact Information

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008

(269) 387-2141
(269) 387-2789 Fax

(269) 387-2142  |  Dr. Timothy Ready – Director

(269) 387-5285  |  Dr. Douglas Davidson – Associate Director

Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations

Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations

http://wmich.edu/walkerinstitute

Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Mission

The Department of Civil Rights works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws and investigates and resolves discrimination complaints. It also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives, and equal.

The Department of Civil Rights investigates and resolves discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.

Get Involved!

The Department offers workshops and trainings on civil rights laws. They also offer services to individuals experiencing any form of discrimination

Contact:

Grand Rapids Office
State Office Building, 4th Floor
350 Ottawa, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 356-0380

Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Michigan Department of Civil Rights

http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr

Michigan United

Mission

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. We are committed to a participatory democracy at every level, an economy that works for the many, and a society that dismantles racism while uplifting our common humanity. To ignite the power of our communities and shift the balance of power, we cultivate the leadership of those directly affected by injustice, and build popular institutions for the future.

The coalition has 50 faith, labor, business, social service and civil rights members all across Michigan, fighting for the rights of immigrant workers, families, and students.

Get Involved!

Become involved by becoming a member, and volunteering for one of their many initiatives and coalitions. Attend a monthly Justice meeting  and join a committee.

Programs

• Immigration Reform

• Housing Justice

• Worker’s Rights

• Legal Services

• Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform

Contact

1009 E. Stockbridge
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

1 (877) 507-7774

Michigan United

Michigan United

http://www.miunited.org

NAACP-Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch

Mission

In 1946, 87 culturally diverse residents established the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch to mirror the national mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The men and women of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch (MKB) continue to advocate for equality, civil rights, voter mobilization and monitor equal opportunities for all people in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Get Involved!

Become involved by becoming a member of the local NAACP metropolitan chapter, attend monthly branch meetings, volunteer for different initiatives, and attend sponsored events.

Programs

• Economic Stability

• Education

• Health

• Public Safety/Criminal Justice

• Voting Rights & Political representation

Contact:

1000 W. Paterson Street  |  Kalamazoo, MI 49007
PO Box 51473  |  Kalamazoo, MI 49005-1473

(269) 343-4105

info@naacpkalamazoo.org

NAACP-Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch

NAACP-Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch

http://www.naacpkalamazoo.org

Mothers of Hope

Mission

As dedicated women primarily from Kalamazoo, Michigan, we embody the power that mothers possess to support our families and the focused determination to affect positive change in our community.

Our charge is simple... empower mothers in an effort to better our community.

Through our various efforts, we are committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods are well educated and equipped with all the knowledge and resources available to guarantee a better quality of life for all people here in Kalamazoo.”

Get Involved!

Become involved by donating or volunteering. Attend a “Sistah’s Circle Roundtable” or a “Real Life. Real talk Men’s group. Also attend their yearly Ultimate Family Reunion.

Contact

1000 W. Paterson Street | Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269) 343-6185 x-218

mothersofhope1@gmail.com

Mothers Of Hope

Mothers Of Hope

http://www.mothers-of-hope.org

Western Michigan University
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mission

To ensure equitable access for all, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership by working collaboratively with the University community to identify and overcome institutional barriers and affirm the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each member of our community.

Get Involved!

The multicultural center provides information on diversity, ethnic, and cultural issues through speakers, events, exhibits, and displays scheduled by University groups and organizations

 

 

 

Contact

Western Michigan University
1003 Adrian Trimpe Building, Mail Stop 5372
Kalamazoo MI 49008

(269) 387-6313

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (WMU)

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (WMU)

https://wmich.edu/diversity

YWCA of Kalamazoo

Mission

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Programs:

• Anti-violence

• Crisis Hotline & Response

• Counseling & Support Group

• Advocacy for Survivors

• Emergency Shelter

• Nurse Examiner

• Affordable child care

• YW-Children's Center

Get Involved!

• Racial justice

• Racial Justice Library

• Racial Justice Events & Happenings

• People Who Think Film Series

• Other Community Racial Justice or Diversity Programs

Contact

YWCA Kalamazoo
353 E. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269) 345-5595

info@ywcakalamazoo.org

YWCA Kalamazoo

YWCA Kalamazoo

http://www.ywcakalamazoo.org

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Society For History And Racial Equity
471 W. South Street, Suite 42A
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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