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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.

Our Programs

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


OPENING: Federal Work Study Positions with the Center for Civic Engagement 

Looking for a job in the Kalamazoo Community this fall? Have work study? Fill out this form:

Through our co-curricular programs, students can earn minimum wage through federal work-study, or work as “volunteers” committing at least three 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 2017 - 2018. These paid positions are ususally five to ten hours per week and are available to students who qualify for federal work study. For more information, please fill out this form and view the available positions.


CCE News: Staff Changes 

The Center for Civic Engagement is pleased to welcome two new staff members this summer. Moises Hernandez (K’ 17; Critical Ethnic Studies) and Emily Kowey (K’ 17; Political Science) will be starting in August as Post Baccalaureate Fellows, working with 12 programs, including two new programs that will begin this fall – FIRE Historical Society and the Food Recovery Network. Moises and Emily both worked as Civic Engagement Scholars, Moises with El Sol Elementary and Emily with the Coalition for Reproductive Justice. They are very excited to begin this new role with the CCE, supporting the work of the CESs and other students on campus and in the community.

The CCE also wants to announce that Susmitha Daggubati (2016 – 2017 Program Associate) and Kacey Cook (2016 – 2017 Assistant Director; 2015 – 2016 Post Baccalaureate Fellow) will be leaving this summer. Kacey and Susmitha dramatically improved the Civic Engagement Scholar experience and the preparation of CESs to lead and learn from civic engagement in the Kalamazoo community.   

The CCE is sad to see them leave but excited to hear about their next steps – Kacey is currently teaching canoeing at a student summer camp in northern Michigan and Susmitha is spending the summer in India before attending medical school at Michigan State University this fall.  




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.