Community Reflection

Community Reflection takes place on Fridays from 11:05-11:45am in Stetson Chapel.

Spring 2024

Week 1, Friday, April 5
Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week—Students involved with this global event explain their passion and concern. Sponsored by The Climate Action Plan Committee and the Environmental Stewardship Center.

Week 2, Friday, April 12

Why We Play — Join student-athletes for a reflection on the life lessons learned through sport. This annual reflection serves to share the greater purpose and meaning of athletics. Sponsored by the Athletic Department

Week 3, Friday, April 19
Resistance Through Word and Art-– Cultivate an appreciation of Palestinian poetry. Join Students for Justice in Palestine as they reflect on resistance through word and art.

Week 4, Friday, April 26
Founders DayCelebrating 191 years of community!

Week 5, Friday, May 3
Yom HaShoah: Remembering the Holocaust and its LegacyJoin us as Jewish students reflect on the history and context of the Holocaust as well as share experiences of antisemitism and its effect in their own lives. Sponsored by Hillel

Week 6, Friday, May 10
Destigmatizing Help: Collaboration and the Writing Center— Everyone needs help at some point, and collaboration adds value to your work. Join the Writing Center for a reflection on this important campus resource.

Week 7, Friday, May 17
Beyond the Pipes— The pipe organ is more than a piece of the building and definitely more than just a player of “old” music. Join our campus organists for a deeper appreciation and understanding of K’s organ and the beautiful music it can make!

Week 8, Friday, May 24
K’s Sustainability Struggles– Reflect on efforts to engage students in sustainability practices that will equip the campus and individuals to move into a better future. Sponsored by ECO.

Week 9, Friday, May 31
The CauldronJoin us for the unveiling of the 2023-24 edition of The Cauldron. The authors/artists of these distinguished works will then present their award-winning pieces.  Sponsored by The Cauldron

Week 10, Friday, June 7
Keeping Up with KCCSR: The Year’s Accomplishments—Stay informed on KCCSR’s activities throughout the year and plans for next year…town hall style. Bring those questions!

Winter 2024

Week 1, Friday, January 12
MLK Day –Join our campus community for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Reflection sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.–CANCELED FOR WEATHER

Week 2, Friday, Friday, January 19
Learning About Palestinian CultureLearn about Palestinian culture including food, dance, history and clothing. Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine

Week 3, Friday, January 26
Why We Create Art-Join students from diverse artistic mediums to discuss how and why they pursue their passion for art at K.  Sponsored by the Theater, Art and Music Departments

Week 4, Friday, February 2
Exploring Sexuality Through Identity—Explore a broad range of topics under the umbrella “sexuality,” such as orientation, ability, relationships, and more! Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement & Wellness and CARE

Week 5, Friday, February 9
LoveMatic: Lessons from 50 years of Hip Hop—Come to learn about how the lessons of Hip Hop can foster and build a greater understanding between members of the K Community. Sponsored by Lumumba Shabazz

Week 6, Friday, February 16 Midwinter Break Day – No Community Reflection

Week 7, Friday, February 23
Accessibility in our Community— There are many different types of disabilities, and they can take different forms, visible or invisible, permanent, temporary, or situational.  Come explore what accessibility means and how we can all play a role in making our communities more inclusive for those with disabilities.  Sponsored by The Exploring Technology for Accessibility First-year Seminar

Week 8, Friday, March 1
Our English Stories: Language Learning and Newcomers in Kalamazoo Public Schools—Everyone has a story of learning English. Reflect on how learning English is integral to full participation in society, and what that means for ourselves and others. Sponsored by the Multilingual Center

Week 9, Friday, March 8
Swim for Success—What is the history of swimming? Come learn how K’s Swim for Success program is working to overcome a racist history of exclusion by expanding access to the sport. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement

Week 10, Friday March 15
Winter Sing A Long— Come sing along to classic songs while learning a little bit about how to maintain your sanity in a stressful time.  The music will be loud– the fun will be extreme.  Keep the winter blues away with some great music and friends.

Can’t make the reflection in person? Checkout the livestream here!

Fall Quarter 2023

Week 1, Friday, September 15
Ways and Why we Engage—It is essential that we partake fully in our communities, especially in politically charged times. Come learn how you can participate in creating equitable, joyful community with the Center for Civic Engagement.

Week 2, Friday, September 22
MythBusters: Religious People –Is it true that most K students aren’t religious? Do religious students reject science? What counts as religious and what is spiritual? Sponsored by the Interfaith Student Leaders

Week 3, Friday, September 29
Introducing the Strategic PlanHow does the college prepare graduates to better understand and live in a complex world? How does the institution live out it’s values as an employer and an educator? Gather for this community engagement regarding where we are and where we are going as we live together on this fair arcadian hill. Sponsored by the Dean of Students, Malcolm Smith and Provost, Danette Ifert Johnson.  

Week 4, Friday, October 6
Asking for HelpIt can be scary to ask for help, especially when you are new and faculty office hours are intimidating. Yet, we all exist in an ‘economy of help’–one person to another. Come learn more. Sponsored by Professors Dani Arias-Rotondo & Quincy Thomas.

Week 5, Friday, October 13
Fall Break Day No Community Reflection

Week 6, Friday, October 20
Intimate Partner Violence Awareness—October is Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month. We will remember those in our community who face violence as well as the history of K’s own struggle to become a place free of violence. Sponsored by SPEAK and Religious and Spiritual Life

Week 7, October 27
Conflict & Communication—Most of us hate conflict, but without it, we can’t get what we need. Learn how to engage in productive conflict and practice a skill that will serve you throughout your life.

Week 8, Friday, November 3
Honors Day ConvocationThis service is a time to present special awards to students for their accomplishments in a particular area during the previous academic year. Please come and support your fellow students as they receive their awards.

Week 9, Friday, November 10
Resilience Hear faculty, staff and students talk about their experiences of failure and rejection and what they learned from those experiences. Sponsored by Religious and Spiritual Life

Week 10, Friday, November 17

Transgender Day of Remembrance Service— A service to memorialize those murdered as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Sponsored by Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership and Religious and Spiritual Life

Community Reflection Application

Interested in applying for a week of Community Reflection time? APPLY HERE