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Community Reflection

Community Reflection Winter 2016-- Every Friday of the Quarter at 11am in Stetson Chapel

Week 1, Friday, January 8(Dis)abilities at K

Join us for a reflection on what it means to be a person with a disability. We will ask why our culture is uncomfortable with disabilities.   Students with disabilities will speak from their own experiences on campus and draw awareness to the very real experience of living with a disability at K College.

Week 2, Friday, January 15MLK Day

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Reflection is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to speak from their own experience/heart on this year’s theme: Equity in Action Uniting Community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”—MLK Jr.

 Week 3, Friday, January 22Submission and Passivity: Are they one in the same?

This community reflection will focus on complicating the connotations of submission, a word often associated with passive compliance, conformity or subordination. In what ways is submission dangerous? Can it be empowering? 

 Week 4, Friday, January 29How Does your Identity Shape your Experience at K?

Join Kalama-Africa in reflecting on the diverse experiences of African students at Kalamazoo College and the way culture shapes our experiences and expectations.

Week 5, Friday, February 6Midwinter Break Day – No Community Reflection

 Week 6, Friday, February 12Valentine’s Day: Lots of Types of Love

Join the Interfaith Student Leaders in a reflection on the variety of forms of love and the myriad ways we express it. This won’t be a typical romantic Valentine’s Day reflection, but one that pushes you to think about what love means in a variety of contexts.

Week 7, Friday, February 19Black Religiosity and Spirituality

There many diverse ways in which Black individuals express their religion and spirituality.   Join the Black Student Organization in a reflection showcasing the ways in which our African origins have impacted and been incorporated into the contemporary American experience.

 Week 8, Friday, February 26Perspectives on Acquaintance Sexual Assault and Harassment

Join members of S3A as they reflect on experiences of acquaintance sexual assault and harassment at Kalamazoo College. We all have a stake in campus culture and the prevention of sexual assault.

 Week 9, Friday, March 4Stress Relief Sing Along

Come sing along to classic songs while learning a little bit about how to maintain your sanity in a stressful time. The music will be loud, the fun will be extreme. Keep the winter blues away with some great music and friends.

Week 10, Friday, March 11—Latino, Hispanic, or Chicano?

The media frequently misidentifies the communities and identities of various brown people. Join LSO, MeCha, and Hermanas Unidas for a reflection on the right to self-expression within the identity that best fits each individual.  



Interested in applying for a week of Community Reflection time? 

You and/or your group need to fill out the application you find below.  All applications are due Monday of 8th week the preceding quarter.  Decisions are typically made by the end of 9th week.  Applications are judged on a variety of characteristics.  The selection committee tends to favor events that lead listeners/participants through a thoughtful, reflection on a matter of meaning or importance.  The committee tends to reject applications that come across as an advertisement for a group or a subject.  We hope that everyone who leaves community reflection feels that they have been challenged to think and feel in a new way.    If you have any other questions, contact Chaplain Candido at

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