Racial Equity Organizations

This information originally appeared in the program for our 2015 Community Meeting at Miller Auditorium on November 3, 2015. Click on the link below to view and download a PDF of the program.

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Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

205 Monroe Street / Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269 337.7398 / arcus-center@kzoo.edu / https://reason.kzoo.edu/csjl

The mission of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College is to develop and sustain leaders in human  rights and social justice through education and capacity-building.  They envision a campus and world where: every person’s life is  equally valued, the inherent dignity of all people is recognized, the opportunity to develop one’s full potential is available to every person, and systematic discrimination and structural inequities have been eradicated.  

Black Lives Matter / Kalamazoo


Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of black life. It was created in response to the anti-black racism that permeates society and also black movements, and works to (re)build the black liberation movement. Black Lives Matters hosts national conference calls focused on issues of critical importance to black people working hard for the liberation of black people, connects people working to end the various forms of injustice impacting black people, and creates space for the celebration and humanization of black lives.

Douglass Community Association

1000 West Paterson Street / Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269 343.6185 / dcakalamazoo@gmail.com / dcakalamazoo.com

Founded in 1919, the Douglass Community Association wants all Kalamazoo youth, adults and families — especially those who live in Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood — to have the intellectual, physical, and emotional supports they need to achieve full potential. They seek to be a leader in achieving racial equality and social justice, provide opportunities for positive behavioral health and human development, and identify unmet needs and find resource and services to help meet these needs (within the scope of their mission). 

ERACCE / Eliminating Racism & Claiming/Celebrating Equality

525 East Kalamazoo Avenue / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
269 459.9156 / eracce@eracce.org / eracce.org

ERACCE provides organizing, training, consulting, and technical assistance to institutions interested in dismantling racism and building accountable, just, and authentic multicultural diversity. A key strategy for institutional change is creating internal antiracism teams that have the capacity to analyze internal policies and procedures and help create an intervention strategy to dismantle oppressive systems and practices. Through this work ERACCE strives to create and strengthen structures of accountability to antiracist communities of color and other socially oppressed groups, both within the institution and in the wider Southwest Michigan community. 

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan

405 West Michigan Avenue  / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
866 637.0733 / info@fhcswm.org / fhcswm.org

The Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan believes all people should be empowered to claim their right to equal treatment in housing choice. They work to promote inclusive communities; eliminate limitations created by discrimination; and ensure equal housing opportunities for residents regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, familial status, religion, age or marital status. They promote integration and work to eliminate housing discrimination through education, advocacy and enforcement of the fair housing law. 

Hispanic American Council

930 Lake Street, Suite A / Kalamazoo, MI 49001 
269 385.6279 / hispanicamericancouncil.org

The Hispanic American 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. Through 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.  

ISAAC / Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community

247 West Lovell Street  / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
269 341.4213 / isaackalamazoo@gmail.com / isaackalamazoo.org

ISAAC is a faith-based community organizing group made up of congregations and organizations united to accomplish what they believe cannot be done as individuals or single congregations. 
ISAAC focuses its collective people-power on the most pressing issues of injustice in Kalamazoo County, and through task forces and engagement with public officials, works to identify root causes of and possible solutions for those injustices. 

Kalamazoo 4 Justice

kalamazoo4justice@gmail.com / facebook.com/kalamazoo4justice

Kalamazoo 4 Justice seeks to change the social and political landscape through community engagement, public dialogue, and direct action regarding all forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice, as they intersect with racism, both locally and nationally.  

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

269 488.4400 / kvcc.edu

Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s mission is to enrich the lives of its students and communities through quality educational programs and services, and maintains a learning environment built upon the inclusivity of ideas of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds.  

Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP

1000 West Paterson Street / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
269 343.4105 / info@naacpkalamazoo.org / naacpkalamazoo.org

As advocates for underrepresented people in the greater Kalamazoo area, the men and women of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch support equality, civil rights, voter mobilization and monitor equal opportunities for all people in the public and private sector in the greater Kalamazoo area.  They are committed to serving the community with justice and compassion, and work independently and together with other organizations to effectively ensure all residents regardless of race, creed, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion live in a community free of discrimination in Kalamazoo and throughout Southwest Michigan.

Michigan United

1009 East Stockbridge / Kalamazoo, MI 49001 
877 507.7774 / miunited.org

Michigan United is a statewide organization of churches, labor and community groups that works to ensure that our economy works for the many, our civil rights are protected and our democracy is strong.  Together, along with its member institutions and individuals, Michigan United seeks to affirm the fundamental dignity of working families, shape our political future, and achieve an economically and racially just society for our communities.

Mothers of Hope

1000 West Paterson Street / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
269 348.7754 / mothersofhope1@gmail.com / mothers-of-hope.org

Mothers of Hope empowers and strengthens women, families and communities to rise above the effects of substance use disorders, poverty, violence and systemic inequities. The organization offers culturally sensitive programs that are designed to restore individuals, families and communities impacted by substance use disorders, poverty, violence and systemic inequities.

SHARE / Society for History and Racial Equity

471 West South Street, Suite 42A / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
269 381.9775 / sharekazoo.org

Formerly known as the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society, SHARE is emerging with an expanded mission and vision. SHARE has several initiatives that educate the community on the importance of our region’s African American heritage, and acts as a clearing house for information on activities and services in our region that center on racial equity. In addition, SHARE continues to research and document the history of African Americans in Southwest Michigan. SHARE also fosters connections and conversations on race and works to provide awareness of racism and the broad societal benefits of its elimination. 

Walker Institute

1104 Welborn Hall  / Western Michigan University 
269 387.2141 / wmich.edu/walkerinstitute

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 people and cultures of Michigan; and more equitable and inclusive communities and institutions, especially in this region of the state and throughout Michigan.

Western Michigan University / Office of Diversity and Inclusion

1003 Adrian Trimpe Building / Western Michigan University 
269 387.6313 / wmich.edu/diversity

Diversity at Western Michigan University encompasses inclusion, acceptance, respect and empowerment. This means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the contributions we have to offer all the more valuable. To ensure equitable access for all, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides online resources; hosts events; and works collaboratively with the university community to identify and overcome institutional barriers and affirm the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each member of the university community.


353 East Michigan Avenue / Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
269 345.5595 / info@ywcakalamazoo.org / ywcakalamazoo.org

The YWCA has actively worked to eliminate racism and empower women since 1858. It is on the leading edge, willing to act and move forward when it comes to what is important for the well-being of women and families in communities, both in the nation and in the world. To advance racial equity in Kalamazoo, the YWCA provides online resources, presents the People Who Think film series, hosts racial justice events and gatherings, and facilitates other community racial justice and diversity programs. 

If you know of or represent an organization you think should be included in this list, please contact Sandy Barry-Loken at 269.381.4416 or sbarry-loken@kalfound.org.

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