ONEplace is a catalyst of community success. We envision a day when a critical mass of Community Leaders are working individually & collaboratively to successfully address deeply entrenched community problems. Success is not understood as solving a problem once and for all. Rather, success is a state of continual improvement in which a community admits and addresses their problems and opportunities in a spirit of cooperation.
ONEplace services include leader development intensives (Emerging Leader Academy & Peer Learning Groups), facilitated content (onsite/virtual training equity focused workshops/sessions for Boards and Staff, and no cost first level consulting (Direct Assistance). Our website houses an Employment Opportunities page listing hundreds of local nonprofit job opportunities and other resources. Sign up for our weekly newletter(https://kpl.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=276cfa2ab23bffd34058bac28&id=87e28bc93d&group%5b5141%5d%5b16384%5d=true&group%5b5141%5d%5b8192%5d=true) to be notified of our upcoming events!
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Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is an initiative of Kalamazoo College whose mission is to develop and sustain leaders in human rights and social justice through education and capacity-building.
Increase the capacity of K students, faculty and staff, as well as local and global partners to exercise effective leadership for human rights and social justice. Model social justice in our workplace values, our relationships with partners, and in the development of innovative initiatives. Foster widespread considerations of social justice by engaging transformative theories and practices in collaboration with the College and local community. Develop frameworks for integrating social justice leadership into liberal arts education; this will ensure that Kalamazoo College is at the forefront of work in social justice within the higher education community.
Arcus also participates in events hosted by members of the Kalamazoo local community that focus on integrating various aspects of social justice with community activism and dialogue.
205 Monroe St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (Physical)
1200 Academy St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (Mailing)
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (Facebook Page)
Change Agent Consulting
Change Agent Consulting (CAC) is a full service consulting, training, and coaching agency providing services anywhere and everywhere the need arises. Change Agent Consulting understands how diversity & inclusion can be utilized as a tool to maximize performance, build stronger teams, and produce better internal and external work outputs/outcomes. Unlike other diversity & inclusion efforts,
CAC individualizes the experience through assessment and the industry you represent. They create a process that is safe and effective at identifying organizational strengths and opportunities in the areas of diversity.
Diversity & Inclusion Planning
Training & Facilitation
PO Box 51445
Kalamazoo, MI 49005
Change Agent Consulting (Facebook Page)
Douglass Community Association Mission
Ensure that effective, efficient, and quality opportunities in behavioral health, recreation, and youth and family development are available on the Northside of Kalamazoo.
The Douglass Community Association, named in honor of Frederick Douglass, was founded in 1919 to address the social, recreational, and cultural needs of African American soldiers stationed at Fort Custer and their families returning to segregated Kalamazoo from World War I. The DCA’s vision is to be a center for diverse and world-class services which empower the residents of the Northside and the greater Kalamazoo area to enhance their quality of life.
Mainly a social service organization, The Douglass serves as a meeting location for many community events related to Race/Racism.
Fredrick Douglass Recovery center
Douglass Youth & Community Services
1000 W. Paterson St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
ERAC/CE – Eliminating Racism Claiming/Celebrating Equality
The mission of ERACCE is to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within Southwest Michigan institutions by providing education, networking, technical assistance and supportive resources to the region. We define Southwest Michigan as including Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Branch Counties. We also support and collaborate with antiracism work in other regions of Michigan as we are able.
ERACCE is a resource for Southwest Michigan institutions interested in building authentic, just, and accountable multicultural diversity.
ERACCE sponsors and hosts quarterly regional 2.5-day Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism workshops in Kalamazoo. One-day workshops include Critical Cultural Competency, Introduction to Systemic Racism, Introduction to Food Justice, Introduction to Anti-bias, Anti-racism Education, and a 10-day workshop, Anti-Bias, Anti-racism Education Workshop (ABAR).
In addition, ERACCE offers, in partnership with Crossroads, an innovative process for creating Anti-racism Teams made up of institutional leaders, employees, and other stakeholders.
(269) 459-9156 (office).
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
The Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan promotes integration and works to eliminate housing discrimination through education, advocacy and enforcement of the fair housing law.
The Center works to ensure equal housing opportunities for residents regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, familial status, religion, age or marital status in 9 counties of Southwest Michigan.
Individuals can become involved by volunteering as a tester or becoming a cooperating attorney.
405 W Michigan Ave, Suite #6
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
(269) 276-9100 (local)
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan (Facebook Page)
Good Food Battle Creek
Good Food BC is a group of organizations and individuals who work together to promote healthy food choices through education, support of local producers, and create access to good food for all people.
Our shared vision is that all residents have access to and are knowledgeable about affordable, fresh and nutritious food, and healthy lifestyles.
Our work ranges from supporting urban gardening and farmers markets to food safety and food justice. We also serve as a channel of support to existing work going on in Battle Creek and encourage you to share with us your events, news and information.
Good Food Battle Creek (Facebook Page)
Hispanic American Council
The Hispanic American Council, Inc. (the Council) is a nonprofit community organization established to advocate for the well-being of the Hispanic population in Southwest Michigan. As a liaison between potential clients and service agencies, the Council seeks to meet the needs of a special population often hindered by language barriers, cultural differences, and unfamiliarity with service agencies and institutions. Throughout the programs and services offered, the goal of the Council is to assist Hispanics in attaining self-sufficiency and a higher level of social and economic well-being. The Council also strives to nourish and encourage the diverse cultural heritage of the Hispanic population.
An individual or organization can become involved by volunteering in any of the above areas.
930 Lake St # A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269) 385-6279 (office)
ISAAC-Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community
ISAAC is an interfaith organizing network of congregations and strategic partners working together to build a more just community.
Largest faith-based organizing group in Southwest Michigan, with over 20 member congregations & organizations! Most racially and religiously diverse organizing group in Kalamazoo.
Individuals can become involved by supporting the different initiatives and serving on any of the above committees. Monthly meetings are open to the public, and individuals can volunteer at the ISAAC office.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
247 West Lovell St. (between Rose and Park St.)
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
To make life better for all through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever.
The Community Foundation provides essential funding to programs that ensure all of our children have an equitable chance for success in school, that nurture and prepare all of our young people for life beyond school, that support individuals and families from all walks of life, that enhance community prosperity in every corner of Kalamazoo County, and make life better for all.
People can become involved and support the KCF mission of equity by applying for one of their community grants. You may also donate and serve as funders to the Community Foundation or specific initiatives.
402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3888
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (Facebook)
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (Twitter)
Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation
To foster leadership and innovation for an equitable Battle Creek by inspiring, supporting, and connecting diverse community leaders; and, to provide comprehensive support for community change initiatives that promote equity, leadership, and engagement in Battle Creek Center for Diversity and Innovation seeks to ignite a fundamental transformation in the city of Battle Creek towards the elimination of racial disparities.
The Center offers films and discussions, speakers, White Men and Allies learning labs, coaching for Community Transformation training, workshops, panel discussions and performances among other learning opportunities.
Jorge Zeballos – Executive Director, KCC CDI
450 North Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 965-3931 Ext. 4415
Kellogg Community College (Facebook)
Kellogg Community College (Twitter)
Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations
The mission of the Walker Institute is to engage in research, teaching and service to promote:
Understanding of race and ethnic relations, with a special emphasis on the causes of disparities and the contexts in which conflicts as well as shared purposes and perspectives arise;
Appreciation of the diverse peoples and cultures of the United States, with special emphasis on the peoples and cultures of Michigan;
More equitable and inclusive communities and institutions, especially in this region of the state and throughout Michigan.
The Institute offers workshops, seminars, and special events. In addition, they offer local research related to racial disparities. The Lewis Walker Institute also provides WMU credit courses in Race and Ethnic relations.
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008
(269) 387-2789 Fax
(269) 387-2142 | Dr. Timothy Ready – Director
(269) 387-5285 | Dr. Douglas Davidson – Associate Director
Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations (Facebook)
Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations (Twitter)
Michigan Department of Civil Rights
The Department of Civil Rights works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws and investigates and resolves discrimination complaints. It also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives, and equal.
The Department of Civil Rights investigates and resolves discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.
The Department offers workshops and trainings on civil rights laws. They also offer services to individuals experiencing any form of discrimination
Grand Rapids Office
State Office Building, 4th Floor
350 Ottawa, N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Michigan Department of Civil Rights (Facebook)
Michigan Department of Civil Rights (Twitter)
Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. We are committed to a participatory democracy at every level, an economy that works for the many, and a society that dismantles racism while uplifting our common humanity. To ignite the power of our communities and shift the balance of power, we cultivate the leadership of those directly affected by injustice, and build popular institutions for the future.
The coalition has 50 faith, labor, business, social service and civil rights members all across Michigan, fighting for the rights of immigrant workers, families, and students.
Become involved by becoming a member, and volunteering for one of their many initiatives and coalitions. Attend a monthly Justice meeting and join a committee.
1009 E. Stockbridge
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
1 (877) 507-7774
Michigan United (Facebook)
Michigan United (Twitter)
NAACP-Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch
In 1946, 87 culturally diverse residents established the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch to mirror the national mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The men and women of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch (MKB) continue to advocate for equality, civil rights, voter mobilization and monitor equal opportunities for all people in the greater Kalamazoo area.
Become involved by becoming a member of the local NAACP metropolitan chapter, attend monthly branch meetings, volunteer for different initiatives, and attend sponsored events.
1000 W. Paterson Street | Kalamazoo, MI 49007
PO Box 51473 | Kalamazoo, MI 49005-1473
NAACP-Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch (Facebook)
NAACP-Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch (Twitter)
Mothers of Hope
As dedicated women primarily from Kalamazoo, Michigan, we embody the power that mothers possess to support our families and the focused determination to affect positive change in our community.
Our charge is simple… empower mothers in an effort to better our community.
Through our various efforts, we are committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods are well educated and equipped with all the knowledge and resources available to guarantee a better quality of life for all people here in Kalamazoo.”
Become involved by donating or volunteering. Attend a “Sistah’s Circle Roundtable” or a “Real Life. Real talk Men’s group. Also attend their yearly Ultimate Family Reunion.
1000 W. Paterson Street | Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 343-6185 x-218
Mothers Of Hope (Facebook)
Mothers Of Hope (Twitter)
Western Michigan University Office of Diversity and Inclusion
To ensure equitable access for all, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership by working collaboratively with the University community to identify and overcome institutional barriers and affirm the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each member of our community.
The multicultural center provides information on diversity, ethnic, and cultural issues through speakers, events, exhibits, and displays scheduled by University groups and organizations
Western Michigan University
1003 Adrian Trimpe Building, Mail Stop 5372
Kalamazoo MI 49008
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (WMU) – Facebook
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (WMU) – Twitter
YWCA of Kalamazoo
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
353 E. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
YWCA Kalamazoo (Facebook)
YWCA Kalamazoo (Twitter)