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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.

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


The CCE Staff, Students, and Community Partners at the 2017 The Links, Incorporated Awards Luncheon

We are thrilled to announce that the Kalamazoo Chapter of the Links, Incorporated has honored the Center for Civic Engagement with its inaugural “Services to Youth” 2017 Civic Award at the Leaders, Links, Legacy banquet.  In a December 3 ceremony at the Radisson Hotel, the Board of the Links, Inc. cited the CCE’s deep commitment to young people,  “consistent engagement of students, faculty, and community partners for the purpose of invigorating the educational experiences of youth in our community,”  and dedication to reducing racial disparities in academic achievement.

Though formally established in 2001, the CCE’s first partnership began with our neighbor, the Woodward School, in 1998.  The CCE now works with over 40 different community organizations each year to address health equity, arts in public life, immigrant rights, neurodiversity, reproductive health access, food justice, and many more issues.  But in this “Promise Community,” we maintain a focus on education through partnerships with KPS schools, Communities in Schools, Community Advocates for Parents and Students (CAPS), Fire, the Young Adult Program of KRESA, Fair Food Matters gardens, and others.

The Links, Inc., Inaugural Civic Awards also honored Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity with the National Trends and Services Award, the Brass Band of Battle Creek with the Arts Award, Dr. Richard Roach of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine with the International Trends and Services Award, S.A.F.E. Place Battle Creek with the Health and Human Services Award, and posthumously, Dr. Russell G. Mawby with the Legacy Award.

Randy and Raven at the 2017 Links Incorporated Awards Luncheon

At the 2017 Links Incorporated Awards Luncheon






Have additional questions? Curious about something not covered on the webpage? If so, feel free to contact Emily Kowey, Post Baccalaureate Fellow for the CCE.