Building a Community of Belonging Forum 2012
The Arcadia Institute, the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, the Southwest Michigan Council of Boy Scouts, and the Portage District Library have partnered to bring the third annual Building a Community of Belonging: A Forum of The Arcadia Institute and its Community Partners to Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 15, 2012.
The purpose of the Forum is:
- To increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities with people who do not have disabilities.
- To develop a community map to strengthen our whole community through expanded opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in activities as they choose.
- To broaden the concept of inclusion beyond the focus on individuals with disabilities as a mean to make Kalamazoo a community where all people belong.
This year, the Forum will feature John McKnight, co-author of The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. John McKnight is a well-known community organizer and has worked for many years on issues of social service delivery systems, health policy, the inclusion of marginalized people and institutionalized racism.
The Building a Community of Belonging Forum is a project of the Arcadia Institute and its Partners, planned by representatives of the community, to facilitate discussion and create opportunities.
Jill Angel, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, commenting on the 2010 Building a Community of Belonging Forum.
The following list features community organizations that have contributed financially to the Building a Community of Belonging Forum. We encourage you to learn more about their contributions to Kalamazoo and the neighboring areas by visiting their web sites.
Building a Community of Belonging Forum Partners
The Arcadia Institute
YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo
Southwest Michigan Council of Boy Scouts
The Portage District Library
Support for this forum was provided by a grant from the
Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Interested in hearing more about the Forum? Listen to these stories.
We also invite you to learn more about the 2011 Building a Community of Belonging Forum.