The Ametrica Project brings domestic and international students together to promote the development of greater intercultural sensitivity through dialogue and a series of ephemeral escapades.

This is the fourth year of the Ametrica Project. The most important aspect is for dialogue about diverse issues to take place among students from around the world – allowing students to look at these issues through different lenses. Facilitated by the Department of International Student Programs (ISP), this out-of-classroom program is both theoretical and experiential. Ametrica explores diverse cultural similarities and differences. Each student in the program (whether international or domestic) will work in small groups (4-8) with ISP mentors. The ISP mentors will facilitate weekly programs in conjunction with Macalester faculty, staff and institutions around the Twin Cities during the fall semester. Topics explored will include, but not be limited to, family, peace, politics, law and order, economics, health, race and love.

Ideally, international and US students will be equally represented as participants within the program as in past years. Participants will build valuable international relationships through Ametrica, which can be a critical stepping-stone for the rest of your experiences during and after your time at Macalester College. This year the structure of the program will change dramatically to include several trips to off-campus locations for small group meetings. The meetings will both be at interesting locations in the Twin Cities and homes of alumni, faculty and administrators. Our goal is for each participant to go to with a different group of students on each journey. The planned outings include going to a location in the arts (e.g., museum, theater, concert), a surprise location, the home of an alum(na), and home of a member of the Macalester faculty or staff. Finally, participants will spend an evening leading younger students at a St. Paul community center.

The Ametrica Project requires members to arrive on August 26th for Preorientation for International Students. The Ametrica Project ends November 1.

Required during PO4IS (Pre-Orientation for International Students)

Monday, August 26,                 

Arrive to Macalester

We will have your dorm room ready for you to move in and pick you up at the airport if you are flying into Minneapolis. Please complete this arrival form found at this link. 

Tuesday, August 27

9 to 11 am: Initial Ametrica Project meeting (all participants)

11 to 11:30am  : Ametrica meeting (US citizen participants only)

After 11:30am on Tuesday : Take part in all PO4IS activities 

(on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Ametrica During Fall Semester 

Below I first list date specific programs (A), and next programs done in small groups at various times (B).

(A) Specific programs 

September 12 (Thur): Large group (Friends and Family) 

September 26 (Thur): Large group (Lying, Cheating, Stealing and Superstitions)

October 1 (Tues): Lisa Wade from Oxidental College (Hooking Up)

October 17 (Thus): Large group (Perceptions of America and world) 

October 25 : Fall Break Trip (Chicago - Optional)

November 1 : End of Program Celebration

(B) Small group programs at various times

  1. Present once to children at West 7th Community Center on a Monday or Tuesday evening
  2. Dinner at home of a Macalester Administrator
  3. Dinner at home of a Macalester Alum(na)
  4. One van excursion to location outside of inner Twin Cities
  5. One bus excursion to Twin Cities location of interest
  6. Attend at least one Friday Talk and Tea (TNT)

In addition to the above mentioned required programs, there are also Mentor Program activities that we strongly recommend you attend, but not required:

Fridays in September: Talk and Tea (Kagin)
3 (Tues) Ice Cream Social (Kagin)
10 (Tue) Senior Info Session (Davis Ct)
12 (Thu) Country Spotlight on: Ecuador (The Loch)
21 (Sat) Minneapolis Institute of Art
26 (Thu) Country Spotlight on: Myanmar (The Loch)
28 (Sat) Winter Clothes Fashion Show (Weyerhaeuser)

Fridays in October: Talk and Tea (Kagin)
4 (Fri) Internships and Resumes (Kagin)

Fridays in November: Talk and Tea (Kagin)
1 (Fri) Mentors End-of-Program /Senior Dinner (Kagin)

7 (Thu) Country Spotlight on: Sierra Leone (The Loch)