2012-2013 Civic Engagement Scholars
Maddie Gillentine, the CES for the Autism Awareness/Young Adult Program (YAP), is a Senior Biology Major at K with a Psychology Minor and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Concentration. Having two older brothers on the autism spectrum inspired her to both pursue a degree in biology as well as be a CES! The Autism Awareness Group on campus works on spreading autism knowledge in our campus and Kalamazoo communities while the Young Adult Program is a partnership with West Campus, a component of KRESA. At West Campus, students 18-26 on the autism spectrum have the opportunity to continue their education, focusing on social, job, and independence skills. With the weekly Kalamazoo College Young Adult Program, the young adults from West Campus are given the opportunity to use and work on their social skills with our K College students. This gives our students the opportunity to understand more about autism, with a focus on adapting our own and our communities' viewpoint of autism as another way of thinking and being, as opposed to a disability. We do a variety of activities on campus, ranging from lunch to karaoke to swimming, and every single day with YAP is a new and exciting experience for everyone involved! Each week, while our students leave with a better understanding of autism and a positive attitude, with multiple students exclaiming its the highlight of their week, the West Campus students leave with a fun, educational and useful experience.
Callie Daniels-Howell is a sophomore Anthropology and Sociology major and the CES for Club Grub at Woodward Elementary School in Kalamazoo. Callie and a small team of K students create and facilitate Club Grub, an afterschool program for second and third graders which focuses on nutrition, food, and gardening. Callie loves being a part of Club Grub as it is a unique and concrete way to work for food access and justice in Kalamazoo through educating and inspiring young children to be passionate and engaged in what they eat. The best part of Club Grub for Callie is watching the kids excited to cook, ready to try new foods and deepening their appreciation for food grow throughout their year together.
Andrea Satchwell & Sashae Mitchell
Cesar Gutierrez, Victoria Sebastien & Daisy Villa
My name is Cesar Gutierrez. I am as Junior. As a Civic Engagement Scholar, I work with the Principal at El Sol Elementary, a Spanish and English Dual Language Elementary School to help run the local food pantry at the school. With the Principal, I try to get parent to become more active in their children's schooling, whether it be after school events to help get parent informed about ways to support their children through school and ways to get to college. I love working with children as well as their parents to figure out ways parents can help out their children through schooling.
Katherine Rapin is a sophomore and the CES for Farms to K. Farms to K advocates for just, local, and sustainable food on K’s campus and beyond. Katherine and her group members organize creative, educational events related to food justice. She has always been passionate about food – growing, cooking, baking, and eating – and loves getting others excited about it. She believes that we need to revolutionize the corporate food system we’ve established in the U.S. and this is the drive behind her Farms to K work.
Bridgett Colling is a Human Development and Social Relations major and a member of the class of 2013. She is the 2012-2013 CES for Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative. Fire's mission is to foster economic and cultural development through the performing, visual, culinary and eco-friendly arts. Bridgett wanted to be a CES for Fire because she is passionate about poetry and radio, two mediums she works with every day at this organization. On a typical day, she helps train DJs for Fire's community radio station, creates marketing materials to promote spoken word events and works directly with the CEO and staff members to bring creative justice to Kalamazoo.
Gift Muture & Jessica McInchak
Jessica McInchak is a Senior and Anthropology and Sociology major. She is a co-CES for Keeping the Doors Open (KDO), a math and science enrichment program and partnership between K College and Kalamazoo Public Middle Schools. Jessica, Gift, and K's energetic team of KDO participants meet twice a week with 7th and 8th graders to build math skills through one-on-one mentoring and connect students to college-planning resources, like the Kalamazoo Promise. Jessica most enjoys the weekly group activities and field trips at KDO when the group has a chance to apply math to current social issues, like environmental science in the Kalamazoo Arboretum or community mapping in our own neighborhoods around Kalamazoo.
Grace Manger, a Sophomore at K, is the CES for the Medical Spanish Interpreting Program at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine Clinics. Grace and other K students attend appointments at the clinic alongside patients that speak Spanish only. Because most of the physicians and nurses do not speak Spanish, the K College interpreters bridge the language barrier and interpret between the physician and patient. Grace greatly enjoys using her Spanish skills in a practical way that makes healthcare more available to those who do not feel comfortable with their English skills to attend a doctor's appointment alone.
Allison Kennedy & Jasmine An
Jasmine An is a Sophomore Anthropology and Sociology major and a CES for the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (MPRI) Creative Writing Program. Jasmine, her co-CES Allison Kennedy and K student volunteers facilitate creative writing workshops at the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP), a residence facility for adult probationers and parolees. Through the MPRI program, Jasmine and her co-CES use Creative Writing's huge potential for self expression and personal empowerment to listen to and amplify voices that are typically silenced or lost. Every workshop, Jasmine is humbled by the participants' willingness to put pen to paper and share the honest stories of their lives.
Allison Kennedy is a sophomore and the CES for Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative Creative Writing. Creative Creative Writing Workshops work on building identity through writing with a purpose of personal excavation. A usual workshop is composed of reading aloud poems, discussing them, writing for 15 minutes and then sharing. Long term projects include an annual book of participant's work and outings to open mics at Fire A Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative. Most participants enjoy the release of creative expression and feel inspired by what other participants write. She believes that change can't begin until everyone speaks.
Mariah Hennen, a Kalamazoo College Sophomore majoring in Anthropology and Sociology with a Political Science minor, is the CES for Migrant Rights Action (MiRA). MiRA’s objective is to educate the Kalamazoo campus on migrant rights and the importance of a just food system, while forging coalitions with community organizations and advocating for the improvement of working and living conditions for migrant farmworkers in Michigan. Mariah believes all people have the right to live and work in a safe environment and that it is the responsibility of all who eat to ensure that farmworkers are treated with dignity. An average day for Mariah includes working with MiRA’s members and community partner, Farmworker Legal Services, to coordinate and plan events. She loves the opportunity to collaborate with dedicated individuals on and off Kalamazoo’s campus while raising awareness about the importance of migrant rights and a just food system.
Cheyenne Harvey & Audrey Slough
Audrey Slough is an art student at Kalamazoo College, anticipating graduating with a BFA this June. She is one of two Civic Engagement Scholars for Partners in Art this year, a program that focuses on social justice issues related to art, including art access, the role of public art in our lives and communities, and collaborative creative expression with community members. Audrey is thrilled that she is able to work with Partners in Art this year because it provides her the opportunity to connect with people in the Kalamazoo community through art making and discussion centered on how art impacts our lives. Currently, she is working with partners on “Paint the Plate,” a project dedicated to bringing different groups within the Kalamazoo community together through art making and conversation. Audrey is thankful for the opportunity to share her love of art with people from all over the city and for the chance to develop and realize her own projects with Partners in Art.
Maya Edery is an Anthropology/Sociology major and a member of the class of 2015. She is the 2012-2013 CES for SMART Girls at the Kalamazoo Boy's and Girl's Club, a program that aims to empower 9-12 year old girls by building positive relationships with mentors and through lesson plans about healthy relationships, body image, friendship, and many other topics. She works with four other Kalamazoo College mentors at the club each week, and is grateful to have the opportunity to build relationships with the other mentors and with program participants. Maya wanted to be a CES for SMART Girls because she had an incredible time as a mentor with SMART Girls during her first year at Kalamazoo College and wants to continuing sharing, growing, and learning about female empowerment with the mentors and girls in the program.
Swim for Success
Kacey Cook & Jensen Sprowl
Co-CES for Woodward Elementary Service-Learning Program, Jensen Sprowl, is a Senior studying Anthropology/Sociology and Studio Art. Jensen started out working at Woodard through the General Psychology course her Freshman year. She knew she was in the right place when she would return from running around the playground with the students and have more energy than before arriving. Woodward has been a critical component in her development as a Social Justice Leader; allowing her to establish and foster personal relationships with students, faculty, and staff at the school. The diverse opportunities to work in classrooms, on the playground, as tutors/mentors in an after-school program, and to reflect with community have presented unique experiences to actively improve academic achievement among Woodward students. She credits the unique energy and enthusiasm of the students with whom she works as the reason she keeps coming back!
Kacey Cook is a sophomore and a co-CES of the Woodward Elementary program. K participants at Woodward have the option of spending time on the playground, in the classroom, or as part of the PALS after-school program, building reciprocal relationships and promoting academic agency. Working with kids has always been a passion of Kacey's and she feels that it is vital that we, as a community, work to remedy the systemic injustices that millions of children face in our schools everyday. She believes that the teachers, children, and participants all benefit from the program, as we foster a sense of community and work together towards common goals.
Gardening & Nutrition/ Garden Club (El Sol)
Monika Egerer is a Senior Biology major and is the 2012-2013 Gardening and Nutrition CES. Her interest in gardening and in building sustainable food systems has led her to be active on and off-campus in gardening and food initiatives at and around Kalamazoo College. She has been active in the current campus food bid process and is also a leader of one of the campus gardening organizations, Digging In Renewable Turf (D.I.R.T.). She also organizes the El Sol Elementary Garden Club, a Service-learning program for second graders led by K students. Off-campus she works with several organizations in the Kalamazoo community including community gardens and non-profits in the city. Overall she finds herself engaged in an exciting and purposeful movement at an exciting time for the campus and for the greater community.