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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.


Successful report by Kalamazoo College Profressor and team of student researchers leads to passage of Kalamazoo County ID program: 

Kzoo County ID Report

The Center for Civic Engagement wishes to congratulate Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Francisco J. Villegas and his team on the passage of the Kalamazoo County ID Program. Dr. Villegas and a team of seven Kalamazoo College students worked tirelessly this year to produce the report The Kalamazoo County ID Program: Needs, Barriers, and Possibilities. This comprehensive report was a vital component in the proposal to the Kalamazoo County Commission, which was presented by a task force led by Commissioners Ron Kendall and Tracy Hall. The report outlined how an ID program could be implemented within the County, and included strategies for implementation, evidence of community support and endorsement, the cost of the program and IDs, as well as suggestions and best practices for the development of the program here in Kalamazoo.  The report, in addition to the countless hours of community members advocating for this program and drawing stupendous community support, led to the eventual approval of this program on July 5th 2017 with a 6-5 Commission vote.

The Kalamazoo County ID feasibility report was generously funded by The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The CCE was happy to support this program by funding the Kalamazoo College student researchers, Alejandra Morales, Elizabeth Munoz, Sarena Brown, Madison Butler, Paige Chung, Neelam La, and Kiavanne Williams, who worked with Dr. Villegas.

Read more about what this program means for the residents of Kalamazoo County here:

Watch the decision here:

Download and read the full report here



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.