Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

Kale Williams Scholarship

$25,000 Fundraising Goal to Endow the Scholarship


In honor of Kale Williams and his career as a social justice advocate and scholar-in-residence, CURL is leading an effort to endow the Kale Williams Human Rights Scholarship Fund. The fund will support continued commitment by future generations of students to his work and ideals.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2015, to endow the Kale Williams Human Rights Scholarship Fund and ensure that it becomes a permanent part of the University’s support for undergraduate students at CURL who are emerging as leaders in human rights. 

Once the scholarship fund reaches $25,000, the University will match this amount, dollar for dollar, doubling the reach of each donation made to support the scholarship and endowing the fund so that it will continue in perpetuity.

Your generous support contributes to a legacy of learning and research. ‌

Make a Gift 

Click here and select the "CURL - Kale Williams Scholarship Fund" option. 

By Mail:
Gift Processing
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60611-2196 

Make checks and money orders payable to Loyola University Chicago (direct the gift to CURL - Kale Williams Scholarship Fund).

For questions about other giving options—including recurring gifts, planned giving, and employer gift matching—please contact Kurt Peterson, director of development, at 312.915.7607 or kpeterson5@LUC.edu

About Kale Williams

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Kale Williams became a pacifist and a tenacious advocate for human rights and nonviolent social change. He joined the Chicago office of the American Friends Service Committee, where he challenged racial segregation and helped address injustice in Chicago’s low-income communities, the need for assistance to Native Americans in the Southwest, famine relief in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, and opposition to the Vietnam War. 

In Chicago, he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to secure fair-housing opportunities for all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or income. After the 1966 open housing marches, Williams co-founded the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, where he served as executive director for over 20 years. After service there, he was invited to Loyola University Chicago as a visiting professor of applied ethics and later was appointed the senior scholar in residence at Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). He served in that position for more than 10 years and inspired numerous students and faculty. In addition to teaching and writing, he coordinated the Chicago Freedom Movement 40-year anniversary events, which examined the movement’s legacy and unfulfilled dream of a fully just and inclusive city.