College awards grants to students attending protests and marches

MICHIGAN — The Kalamazoo College Arcus Center is giving students grants, ranging from $50 all the way up to $1,500, to fund their engagement in “social justice leadership issues,” including conferences, training, and protests.

Grants are given to students who wish to “take action on the issues that prospective applicants care most about,” and includes training and “travel for actions.”

“The ACSJL will accept grant applications on a rolling basis,” a website states, reminding that it is important for applicants to consider the timeliness of their request. Group applications (of five or more individuals) are also encouraged.

Campus Reform reported that the college program has given grants to send students to an immigration rally in Washington, D.C., as well as the Women’s March in January.

Kalamazoo’s ACSJL also sent 40 students to a “2.5-day anti-racism workshop” and six students to a three-day “black male summit” in Akron, Ohio, Campus Reform reported.

Campus Reform asked the organization why it funded students traveling to the Women’s March in January since conservative and pro-life women were excluded from that event.

The school responded with the following statement:

“Social justice is about valuing lives equally. The Women’s March on Washington, being about women’s rights, certainly fits that bill. The application process for such opportunities doesn’t consider information about political parties or affiliations, meaning the center is non-partisan. Anyone with interest in a social justice experience has equal consideration.”

On the college’s website, its Social Justice Leadership Fund is described as follows:

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership’s Social Justice Leadership Fund (SJLF) provides grants to Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff who are interested in becoming more engaged in social justice leadership issues and practice. The Fund provides opportunities to learn about a variety of social justice and human rights issues, develop new skills in organizing and leadership, and take action on the issues that prospective applicants care most about.

Grant funds can be used to support capacity-building experiences, advocacy efforts, partnership development, and collaborative projects that develop the leadership of the individuals applying, such as:

Conferences (to attend or present)

Trainings

Travel for Actions

Organizational Team Building

Senior Individualized Project (SIP) Research & Presentation Opportunities

Housing, Travel, and General Expenses Support for Summer and Winter Internships (Please note stipends can be acquired for summer internships through the CCPD)

The group put out a Twitter post on Monday, reminding students to hurry and apply for the social justice grants:

Earlier tweets have also heavily promoted the program:

The following promotional tweet includes a poster demonstrating how students can take the first steps, and go from advocate to activist:

The following tweet referenced the events in Charlottesville:

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