Notable LGBT funder the Arcus Foundation has given Kalamazoo College $23 million to endow the "Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership." The grant will "support a broad array of activities including: student scholarships and two endowed professorships, student internships and leadership development programming, faculty and staff fellowships, public lectures and conferences, local and global partnerships, and residencies for social justice scholars and practitioners," according to a press release from the college.
"The breadth of the grant makes it exceptional," said Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran. "The entire Kalamazoo College community is extremely grateful to the Arcus Foundation and its founder, Jon Stryker, for their belief in the mission of the College and the Arcus Center. Their support will help put Kalamazoo on a path to become a higher education leader in the field of social justice and leadership development."
Former Director of the Task Force's Policy Institute, Jaime Grant, has been tapped to lead the center's programming and day to day operations. A proven leader with decades of experience, Grant's sex-positive, trans-inclusive, and firm stance on racial equality inside the movement bodes well for both the college and often overlooked areas of the LGBT community.
"The founding of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is right on time for LGBT advocates," Grant says. "As social movements gain steam around the globe - the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Occupy Higher Education - this cutting edge education and training ground within a leading undergraduate liberal arts institution will be a destination for LGBT social justice thought leaders and advocates who are wrestling with social justice writ large - integrating frameworks on sexual orientation and gender identity into broad based movements for change."
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