Civic Leadership Programs

Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6040
651-696-6030 (fax)

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

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

The Civic Engagement Center offers students many entry points to community involvement. Students can participate in leadership programs that develop citizenship skills through trainings, reflection, and meaningful work.

Students can also pursue individual or group service experiences consistent with their interests and passions.

  • Leaders in Service
    This program is made up of approximately 40 sophomores through seniors who educate the campus about social issues, nurture relationships with local nonprofit partners, and recruit volunteers. Students participate in a retreat at the beginning of each semester and participate monthly as a group in civic education and leadership development.
  • Bonner Scholars
    The Bonner Community Scholars Program is a joint program between the Civic Engagement Center, the Department of Multicultural Life and the Lilly Project for Vocation and Ethical Leadership. Through sustained partnerships the work of the Bonner Foundation strengthens student development, community impact, and campus infrastructure while promoting civic engagement, community building, diversity, international perspective, spiritual exploration, and social justice. The Bonner Scholar Program seeks to transform the lives of students by providing “access to education and opportunities to serve.”
  • Off-Campus Student Employment
    More than 50 students each year earn their financial aid awards at local nonprofits and meet monthly for discussion and training on social change. Students serve as liaisons between their organization and the college and attempt to link the assets and resources of both institutions.
  • Lives of Commitment
    Engages a select group of first-year students in weekly community service and intentional reflection on issues of social justice, ethical and religious commitments, and the integration of values with work. This program is sponsored by the Lilly Program for Work, Ethics and Vocation.
  • Opportunities Abound Student Leader Program
    Macalester students have several opportunities to connect with a variety of youth groups who visit Macalester. Opportunities Abound leaders can indicate a preference for working with elementary, middle, or high school youth. During the year long commitment leaders are supported through monthly training sessions (held the first Tuesday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m.) that include topics such as developing multicultural competencies in working with youth, the role of a mentor and boundary issues, college test preparation and the college application process.

In addition, The Civic Engagement Center advises students, faculty, and staff about volunteer opportunities available with community partners. The CEC works closely with individuals to help match their schedules, interests, and volunteer goals with a partner organization.