Anne Dueweke

Anne Dueweke worked at Kalamazoo College, her alma mater, for over twenty years. During most of that time, she served as director of faculty grants and institutional research. Other roles included director of the Academic Resource Center and director of student fellowships. Throughout her time at Kalamazoo, she served as an academic advisor to many students and was very involved in outcomes assessment and reaccreditation work. Dueweke led a number of equity and inclusion initiatives, including student focus groups on race, campus climate studies, and the committee that drafted Kalamazoo College’s first land acknowledgement statement. In 2016, she received the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award, and from 2015-2021 she held a fellowship from Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Dueweke currently works as a resource developer for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Books by Anne Dueweke:

Kalamazoo College Uncovers Its Racial and Colonial Past

At a time when many individuals and institutions are reexamining their histories to better understand their tangled roots of racism and oppression, Reckoning: Kalamazoo College Uncovers Its Racial and Colonial Past tells the story of how American ideas about colonialism and race shaped Kalamazoo College, a progressive liberal arts institution in the Midwest. Beginning with its founding in 1833 during the era of Indian Removal, the book follows the development of the college through the Civil War, the long period of racial entrenchment that followed Reconstruction, minstrel shows performed on campus in the 1950s during the rise of the Civil Rights movement, Black student activism in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, the quest for multiculturalism in the 1990s, and the recent activism of a changing student body. This close look at the colonial and racial history of one institution reveals academia’s investment in White supremacy and the permutations and contradictions of race and racism in higher education. Though the details are unique to Kalamazoo, other predominantly White colleges and universities would have similar historical trajectories, for in the end our institutional histories reflect the history of the United States. By examining the ways in which a progressive, midwestern college has absorbed, resisted, and perpetuated American systems of colonialism and racism, the book challenges higher education to use this moment to make the deep, structural changes necessary to eliminate disparities in experiences and outcomes among students of color and their White peers. Reckoning is a volume that can be used in a variety of courses that deal with topics such as History of Education, Social Justice in Higher Education, and more.

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