Mission, Vision, and Learning Objectives

Mission Statement

The JLC is an interdisciplinary collective through which students develop their scholar and activist identities. We cultivate critical thinkers who value solidarity and work in pursuit of racial justice and social change.


The JLC seeks to push boundaries in discussions about identity, knowledge and inclusion. We will be an active and informed community partner, one that facilitates and elevates education, outreach, and collaboration toward a more just world.

Learning Objectives

The Curtis Institute of Race and Belonging offers cultural, social, and co-curricular programs and contributes in varying ways to an academic engagement with key foci on race and belonging, which includes curriculum development, research, and a regular lecture series. Additionally, the programs and initiatives of the Curtis Institute will assist to recruit and retain and develop creative measures to engage diverse student populations at Albion College.

We offer a number of programming and learning initiatives to provide you with the tools and resources necessary to effectively create change in your community. Our main area of focus is race and belonging, however full inclusion in the human experience regardless of identity for all people is our goal.

It will accomplish this goal through the development of interdisciplinary scholarship, course development, and effective programming that will inspire teaching and learning that continues the critical engagement with regional, national and global issues of race belonging for every Albion College graduate.

We teach to the entire student – visuals, sounds, lived experiences, and most importantly, your voice is utilized in creating learning environments that suit your needs.

Students in the Curtis Institute for Race and Belonging will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and impacts of Race and Belonging at the individual, community, and systemic levels
  • Foster and nurture community partnerships through collaborative programming and engagement
  • Discuss pertinent topics on race and identity on local, national, and international levels
  • Develop competencies that promote social change at Albion College and beyond