Mia Henry


Mia Henry is the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She is also the owner and operator of Freedom Lifted, a small cultural tourism business dedicated to providing social movement history tours, mostly in Alabama and Mississippi. Mia has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, training facilitation, intergenerational community organizing, and civic and history education. In the 2000s, Mia served as the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS), a nonprofit organization that supports youth-led social change and youth-adult partnerships in community organizing. Since her work with CFS, Mia has been a consultant nationally with NGOs and museums to design leadership development initiatives for youth and adults. She has also worked in evaluation and assessment to measure impact of programs with social change goals. Mia is deeply passionate about social movement history, positive youth development, and civic engagement through an anti-oppression lens. She uses her roles at the Arcus Center and Freedom Lifted to make meaningful connections between social movements of yesterday and today. Mia earned her B.S. from Rutgers University and her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Relevant Projects

Currently helping local communities digitize social movement history tours in their area; Serving as a clearinghouse for such tours; building best practices/shared values for cultural tourism


Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College; Freedom Lifted Civil Rights Tours


Humanities, For-Profit, Academic, Tourism


United States


freedomlifted.com; https://reason.kzoo.edu/csjl