The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is a new initiative at Kalamazoo College that seeks to develop emerging leaders and sustain existing leaders in the field of human rights and social justice, thereby creating a pivotal role for liberal arts education in engendering a more just world.
Toward that end, we offer Visiting Fellowships or Sabbaticals for activists, artists, public intellectuals and faculty. These Fellowships provide an opportunity to rest, recharge, renew, reflect and develop new approaches to social justice activism and scholarship. In turn, Visiting Fellows will bring experience, insights, opportunities, and new perspectives to the Kalamazoo College community. For academic year 2012-2013, we will award one or two Visiting Fellowships; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Fellows are expected to be in residence in Kalamazoo for the duration of their fellowships. Length of stay may range from three to nine months, with remuneration and other support adjusted accordingly. While in residence, fellows are expected to participate in or contribute to the Center’s activities, including seminars, colloquia, public lectures, and classroom lectures, while retaining the bulk of their on-campus time for their own pursuits. Teaching is not required, but Visiting Fellows may propose to teach a course if they wish. Fellows are also encouraged to propose workshops, programs, or other projects that will engage diverse members of the Kalamazoo College community. Arcus Center staff will work with Fellows in developing these projects.
The program offers a stipend of up to $4,000 per month and free accommodation at our ACSJL guest house. Cost sharing proposals—through other grants where available or sabbatical pay—are welcome. Visiting fellows will receive roundtrip transportation, a research or learning account, housing, and an office. Additional needs should be noted in the application, such as studio space, support for collaborations, or other support.
The Arcus Center is particularly interested in supporting the leadership of those most impacted by the injustices that their scholarship or activism seeks to address. Applicants will be assessed based on their commitment to and experiences with social justice activism or scholarship; scholarly or movement contributions to date; and the value of the fellowship to future work. We welcome applicants at any stage of their work/life, including emerging scholar/activists and those whose experiences do not fit traditional trajectories of academia, art, or activism.
Please direct all inquiries to Arcus Center Executive Director Jaime Grant. A link to the application form can be found on the bottom of this page. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For consideration to be a Visiting Fellow during the 2012-2013 academic year, please submit your application to the Arcus Center by March 1, 2012, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Kalamazoo College is to prepare graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world. The College was founded in 1833, and is among the 100 oldest colleges in the country. K, as it is called locally, is nationally known for the K-Plan, which combines a challenging liberal arts curriculum with an extensive study abroad program and an emphasis on experiential learning.
Kalamazoo College is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a mid-sized city just 35 miles from Lake Michigan and approximately 140 miles from both Chicago and Detroit.
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership was established through a grant from the Arcus Foundation, whose founder, Jon Stryker, is a K College alumnus and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
- Visiting Fellow Application (75 KB PDF Document)Application for ACSJL Visiting Fellowship