ACSJL Building

Niswishkoden akiing omaa ayaayang: Ojibweg, Odawag gaye Boodawewaadomiig. Anishinaabemowag. Giikanaamozo Gabegiikendaasogamigong ate bangii ishgoniganing gaa ishkonigaadeg wi apii Majibineshiwish miinawaa wiiji-anishinaabeg bi endaawaad.

We gather on the land of the Three Fires Confederacy: the Ojibwe, the Odawa and the Potawatomi. They speak Anishinaabemowin. Kalamazoo* College itself is located on a part of the reservation established for Match-e-be-nash-she-wish and his band of Potawatomi. *This term means to surround with smoke and is/ reflects the way mist would rise off the river in the area. Another term sometimes used is gaziigamize, the term for boiling sap.

Building Hours

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Arcus Center building is closed until further notice.

205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 (Physical)

1200 Academy St. Kalamazoo, MI 49006 (Mailing)

Making Reservations

2019 – 2020

There is no charge to use the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) building and it is intended to be a community convening space.

The Hearth and Work Room (West Wing) are not reservable* and are open for the campus and community to enjoy informally during regular building hours, except during special events.

All other reservable spaces are also open for informal use when not reserved.

For Kalamazoo College Faculty, Staff and Students

Kalamazoo College staff, faculty, or student organization leaders may reserve the space using EMS. Kalamazoo College students without access to EMS may request use of the space by emailing Rhiki Swinton at

Classes scheduled by the registrar and ACSJL-led/Co-sponsored events have priority in using the building. Campus community members who are using the building space for events that do not involve the ACSJL staff must appoint an event manager and are solely responsible for arranging media, setting up the room, providing food, and cleaning up. Members of the K College community, who would like to request ACSJL co-sponsorship of an event, please fill out our Campus Support Form.

For The Greater Community

Members of the wider Kalamazoo community may request the use of the ACSJL building during regular building hours for gatherings and events related to social justice and social justice leadership. Community members using the space are solely responsible for setting up the room, providing food, cleaning up, and may need to provide proof of liability insurance if the ACSJL (or another K College unit) is not a co-sponsor of your event. Due to space constraints, the building is not available for weekly meetings for community groups and entities.

Outside of regular building hours, community events and meetings held in the building must be done in partnership with ACSJL staff, or another K college faculty, staff or student. The partnership is defined by collaboration in concept development, planning, and implementation of a particular program or initiative.  

For groups and organizations that would like to request the ACSJL co-sponsorship of an event, community members should fill out our Community Support Form

To have your local social justice event listed with the ACSJL, please see our Justice in Community page.

The ACSJL is unable to grant use of other spaces on campus to community members for events in which the center is not a partner. Requests to use other spaces on campus should be directed to the Facilities Coordinator at or 269.337.7047. We welcome requests to co-sponsor events at other off-campus sites. The ACSJL can co-sponsor but is unable to partner on fundraising events.

Spaces Available for Reservation

See building layout document here.

Room 140, the Small Seminar North Room (Max 13 people, fully enclosed room with permanent circular conference table)
Room 122, the Large Seminar South Wing, lower level (Max. 40 people, open area with curtains enclosure available. Can be set lecture or classroom style.)
Whole Building, excluding office wing (Max. 140 people, including 122, 140, the Hearth and West Wing)*

*For special events done in partnership with the ACSJL or another college department or organization, the whole building can be reserved (excluding the office wing). 

Parking Information

The parking area directly in front of the front entrance of the building is reserved as accessible parking spaces. Those who do not require accessible parking may park along the West side of Monroe Street (opposite side from ACSJL) and on both sides of Academy Street.