Third Week Newsletter


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Participation in civic engagement creates collaborative partnerships, further develops leadership skills, and allows students to blend their academic interests with practical experience. Most importantly, community-based learning experiences foster meaningful relationships and in depth exploration of your passions. The Civic Engagement Center located within the Institute for Global Citizenship offers students numerous opportunities through these various interest areas:

Arts for Social Change
College Access
Economic Justice
Environment and Sustainability
Global Opportunities
Health and Wellness
Immigrant and Refugee Resources
Public Policy
Spanish Language
Women and Gender Resources
Youth and Tutoring

The Center for Civic Engagement also offers other service programs such as Opportunities Abound, Leaders in Service and off-campus employment connections

The Lilly Program for vocational and Ethical Leadership is an opportunity for students to reflect on the meaning and purpose of their life’s work, through civic engagement and examination of personal values, ethics, and vocation. Specifically, the Lilly Summer Program offers summer research or internship positions with supplemental community living and mentorship that supports vocational-based reflection. The Ethics and Professions series offers workshops with faculty and community leader discussions regarding various moral and ethical issues present in various professional fields.  Chiasma is a community of students who are considering religious vocation who work together to explore ways one forges meaningful life-work that is spiritually inspired.

Other Institute of Global Citizenship Initiatives include:

International Roundtable
Academic Concentration in Global Citizenship
Global Citizenship in the News
Sandwiches and Scholarship
WHO Collaboration
Professional Development Seminars
Davis Projects for Peace
Institute of Global Citizenship Counsel
Action Fund
Live It Fund

The Twin Cities offers a wealth of internship opportunities. Internship experiences applies academic learning from the classroom to lived experiences in the "real world"

 More than 90% of Macalester students participate in civic engagement initiatives before graduating. From the local to the global, these experiences have an impact on the participants and the communities that they serve. 

To hear civic engagement stories in the students' own words check out the Live it Fund student blog and this interview from the Davis Project for Peace. 

Don't worry if you are still trying to find your footing.  There is still plenty of time to get connected with civic engagement opportunities this fall, but if you would rather wait until you feel more settled academically, in the spring semester, another Taste of Service volunteer fair will connect representatives from various nonprofit organizations with Macalester students who are searching for local volunteer opportunities.

As you check out the wealth of civic engagement opportunities available at Macalester ask yourself what social justice issues are you passionate about?  How do you want to connect those passions with the your academic experience?  What are your personal strengths and how can you use them to change the world?



"Take your academics seriously, but also be sure to give yourself some time for non-academic experiences, relaxation, and sleep. If you only study all the time, you'll exhaust yourself. Take some time out to be with friends, go to events on or off campus, and get sleep. The point of college is to learn, but that learning doesn't just happen in the classroom." - Niko Martell ('13)

"Sometimes the most unexpected spots on campus can be the best for studying if you need to be by yourself. Library feel crowded? Head to a comfy chair in the Leonard Center. Upstairs Campus Center too distracting? Check out the basement." - Bea Rendon ('13)

"Don't be afraid to approach professors for class advice, help, or just to talk." - Fernanda Canessa ('15)



  • Library
  • Campus Center
  • Olin Rice
  • Kagin Commons
  • 4th Floor Old Main
  • Leonard Center (inside or out)
  • CRSL Basement
  • Open Classrooms
  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Dupre/Doty/Wallace Formal Lounge
  • The Link
  • Outside

Campus Center Outside Olin Rice

CRSL Old Main Formal Lounge

Open Classroom Library Leonard Center Kagin Commons



  • What are your classes like?
  • Are they what you expected? Does studying look/feel the same as it did in high school?
  • What has been your greatest achievement? What has been your greatest struggle?
  • What is the most valuable thing you've learned thus far?

SOCIAL MEDIA: An Academic Approach

  • Did you read something interesting in class? Tweet a link or share it on your news feed on Facebook. Social media is a great way to help your friends and family stay connected with what you are learning at Mac.
  • Have you checked if your professors use Twitter? It is a great networking resource, and it may be useful in connecting with faculty and staff at Mac.
  • Follow news sites, both national and local, on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on recent stories.
  • Are you a part of a student organization? Do they have a Facebook or Twitter? If they do, make sure you connect via social media. If not, be the one to start the trend!