Civic Engagement Center

Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6030 (fax)


Academic-Year Hours
Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

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Macalester students, faculty and staff are actively involved in public scholarship and civic learning locally, nationally and internationally.

The "esprit de corps" of the campus is engagement -- of ideas and action towards a more just and responsible world. More than 90 percent of our students participate in some form of community-based work before they graduate. We work in reciprocal partnership with community organizations in the Twin Cities to provide learning experiences that will also enrich the community.

ETC Circles

ETC Circles provide a courageous community in which to have conversations about seeking transformation in your daily life. At the opening retreat, students learn skills in mindful listening, asking deep questions, self-reflection, and community building. Small groups then meet weekly throughout the semester using these reflection skills to help each other pursue change in their lives. 

The experience begins with a retreat on Fri, Sept 9 (6:00-8:30 pm) and Sat, Sept 10 (10 am - 5 pm)

Sign up by September 6. 2016! More information and registration 

Civic Engagement Center Brings MLC Training to Campus

Macalester students that are planning to teach or volunteer with adult non-native speakers in the community should be sure to attend this training from Minnesota Literacy Council. You will receive great teaching resources and become certified to volunteer teacher in a Minnesota ESL classroom. Saturdays September 10 and 17.  Registration online before September 7.

Please view the "First in Our Families" short films created by Macalester students, staff and alumni. The films focus on the reflections and experiences of first generation students at Macalester and beyond.  This work is a product of a First Generation Digital Storytelling Workshop hosted by Jane Van Galen and Class Action during Fall semester 2015. 

Carnegie Foundation Seal

Macalester is one of only 361 institutions that has been awarded the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for excellence in civic engagement.