Events

Fall Quarter 2021

Week 1:

Thursday, September 16th – 7:30-8:30pm, Dewing 103

More Than a Job, First-Year Forum

The Center for Civic Engagement partners with over 15 organizations in the city of Kalamazoo. Come meet some of our Civic Engagement Scholars (student leaders) as they discuss the work they do and why they got involved. An opportunity to learn more about Kalamazoo and how you can get involved in these paid federal work study opportunities.

Week 2:

Tuesday, September 21st – 7:30-8:30pm, Dewing 103

Not a Bubble, First-Year Forum

The Center for Civic Engagement collaborates on initiatives that address health and educational equity, food justice, neurodiversity, reproductive rights, and neighborhood revitalization. Hear from CCE’s Civic Engagement Scholars (student leaders) to learn how you can get involved.

Week 3:

Monday, September 27th – 7:30-8:30pm, Dewing 103

More Than a Job, First-Year Forum

The Center for Civic Engagement partners with over 15 organizations in the city of Kalamazoo. Come meet some of our Civic Engagement Scholars (student leaders) as they discuss the work they do and why they got involved. An opportunity to learn more about Kalamazoo and how you can get involved in these paid federal work study opportunities.

Friday, October 1st – 11am-12pm, Chapel

What is Democracy? Community Reflection with K Votes

Join K Votes and community speakers to understand the various aspects of democracy and how they allow for civic participation. Voting ties into having a complete understanding of democracy and the long-term impact it has in different communities. Understanding what democracy means helps a person better carry out their civic duties and gives them a broad grasp of their role and ability in their community. There is no certain age to learn about the impacts and role of a democracy and how one can be a vital part of it. This reflection will be led by the student leader of K Votes, Mahum Khan K’24.

Week 4:

Thursday, October 7th – 7:30-8:30pm, Dewing 103

Why We Vote!, First-Year Forum with K Votes

Join K Votes to look at what changes when communities have high voter turnout. Many youth feel their vote is not going to make a difference, so they do not engage with out political system. K Votes wants to show you how your vote and actions make a difference in your community. Join K Votes to learn about what changes when communities have high voter turnout and the impact your vote has on the communities around you. This forum will be led by the student leader of K Votes, Mahum Khan K’24.

Friday, October 8th – 11am-12pm, Chapel

Religion and Reproductive Freedom, Community Reflection with Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF)

Reproductive freedom is about the right to control one’s own gender, sexuality, work, and reproduction. Religious communities have played both heroes and villains. Come learn more about the story of reproductive justice in Kalamazoo. Sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan and Religious and Spiritual Life. This forum will be led by the student leader of Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF), Em Wendel K’24.

Week 6:  

Wednesday, October 20th – 7:30-8:30pm, Dewing 103

I Know What You Did Last Summer, First-Year Forum

The Center for Civic Engagement partners with the Center for Career and Professional Development to offer opportunities for first-generation students and students with high financial need in applying for internships with local community organizations. Come learn about the experiences that the Community Building Interns (CBIs) had this summer and how you can be involved this upcoming summer.

Week 8:  

Thursday, November 1st – 7:30-8:30pm, Hicks Banquet Room

Redistricting and Gerrymandering, First-Year Forum with K Votes

Join K Votes to examine the redistricting process in Michigan and learn more about gerrymandering. This is a topic that many voters do not have knowledge of or do not consider, and learning about how it may be impacting you is crucial. Learn about how redistricting is impacting your vote and your voice, plus ways that you can directly become involved in the process. This forum will be led by the student leader of K Votes, Mahum Khan K’24.

Week 9:  

Tuesday, November 9th – 7:30-8:30pm, Dewing 103

Pathways at K: New Opportunities in Experiential Learning, First-Year Forum

Join Center for Civic Engagement staff to learn about the new Experiential Learning Pathways at K, like the Food and Farming Justice and Cities Pathways. These pathways engage with alumni and community and provide students with space and structure to connect what they learn in the classroom with internships, student collaboration, and community engagement.