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Kalamazoo College is Michigan’s 2016 Engaged Campus of the Year!


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

Our Programs

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

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 hold Underwood Stryker CCE Civic Engagement Scholarships.

Hail and Farewell:

Best wishes, Kururama Sanchez!


The CCE and our many campus and community partners bid a fond farewell to Ms. Kururama Sanchez, who is off to graduate study this fall at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Kururama worked closely with a number of programs, including Young Women’s Leadership (YWCA) and HYPE (Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home) and with our CESs, and she made valuable contributions to our work with voter education, international student engagement, and data analysis. We have appreciated Kururama’s keen insights and dedication to community-based learning – to be continued at the Center for Engaged Academic Learning at UM.   Thank you, Kururama, and we wish you, Ario, Amani, and Ismael all the best.     

Welcome, Susmitha Daggubati!


We are delighted to welcome to our staff Ms. Susmitha Daggubati, K ’16 (Biology, with a concentration in Community and Global Health). She brings much experience with CCE programming, gained as a CES for Woodward, both in her junior and senior years. In addition to leading, recruiting, training, supervising, and facilitating structured reflection with peers working at Woodward, Susmitha developed new data-gathering and reporting strategies. She has also conducted research with many community-based organizations, and WMU’s School of Medicine, on the Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative to address Kalamazoo’s high rates of black infant mortality, and has worked as a teacher and tutor of math and science. We look forward to continuing to work with our colleague Susmitha.



Are You Ready to Cast Your Vote? 

The Center for Civic Engagement reminds Michigan residents who want to vote absentee that they must submit absent voter ballot requests to their city or township clerk in writing prior to the August primary and November general elections. Retrieve your absent voter ballot application from the Michigan Secretary of State website here

Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed must be received by the city or township clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.

The deadline to submit your request for an absent voter ballot for Michigan's August 2 primary is Saturday, July 30. The deadline to submit your request for an absent voter ballot for the November 8 general election is Saturday, November 5. More important election dates and deadlines available here

Students whose residence is out of state can figure out their options for voting this summer and in November by visiting this useful site:  to  easily research each state’s voter laws and determine whether they want and are able to  vote absentee, or by registering in Michigan, etc.

The CCE is committed to assisting students to register and vote as a most basic exercise of their rights. We look forward to organizing a vibrant Get Out the Vote campaign in the fall. Details are forthcoming.


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