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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.

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.

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance Institute on Civic Engagement

“Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts: Local Practice, Global Impact”

Sunday, October 23, 2016 through Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

For faculty and staff who are interested in participating, please register here.

Access the conference brochure here

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The Center for Civic Engagement at Kalamazoo College is honored to host the Global Liberal Arts Alliance Institute on Civic Engagement "Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts: Local Practice, Global Impact."



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 2:00 PM the Saturday before the election.

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.

Visit, a non-partisan website maintained by the National Association of Secretaries of State for information about your voter registration status, polling sites, and absentee and early voting.

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.


Welcome, Keshia Dickason!

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