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Welcome to the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)!

Affirming the central goals of the College, the CCE engages students, faculty, and community members in sustained partnerships that foster collaborative learning and civic participation in a diverse, democratic society. By forging a link between critical civic engagement and learning, the CCE works to strengthen the community, invigorate the educational experience, and promote a more just, equitable & sustainable world.

The smART Program: Saturday Studio

The CCE is so happy to collaborate with and support smART facilitators in the planning for this innovative new program working with local youth on art and social justice. Thanks to our KPS art staff partners who helped to make the connections with the high school students. Looking forward to the exhibition in the upcoming Art Hop on June 3rd at Kalamazoo Studio in the Park Trades Building.

Read more about the program in the latest issue of The Index here.

JCEHE BOOK REVIEW: Service Learning and Literary Studies in English by Grobman & Rosenberg (2015)

JCEHE BOOK REVIEW Service Learning and Literary Studies in English by Grobman & Rosenberg (2015)

Dr. Zak Montgomery, K ‘02, recently published a book review in the prestigious journal, Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. He was the CCE’s very first Civic Engagement Scholar, and led a Spanish-English bi-lingual program at Kalamazoo Central High School. 

Dr. Montgomery is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Wartburg College where he holds the Harry and Polly Slife Chair in the Humanities, and has been honored many times for his community-engaged scholarship: 

Global Alliances Institute for Civic Engagement Conference 2016 


Kalamazoo College hosted the Global Alliances Institute for Civic Engagement Conference where dozens of students and staff from around the globe came together to explore many dimensions of work and reflections upon the promise and difficulties of cross-national collaborations through the collection of panels, case studies, and workshops.

Recently, the Kalmazoo College BeLight eZine released an article! Read all about it here!

Our Programs

About two thirds of Kalamazoo College students work in the community every year, through service-learning courses and in co-curricular programs.

Through our co-curricular programs, students can earn minimum wage through federal work-study, or work as “volunteers” committing at least two hours per week throughout the term.  These co-curricular programs are coordinated (and frequently designed) by Civic Engagement Scholars (CESs), “K” student leaders, who work with the CCE as professionals.

The CCE is now recruiting students to work in our partnership programs in 2016-17. These paid positions require are least three hours per week and are available to students who qualify for federal work study. For more information, check out the available positions.


Have additional questions? Curious about something not covered on the webpage? If so, feel free to contact Susmitha Daggubati, Program Associate for the CCE.