- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
Chuck Green Fellowship
This six-month fellowship, named for retired political science professor Chuck Green, combines a spring seminar on community-based issues with an on-site summer project.
I chose to work with the African Development Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis because of its dedication to promoting economic justice, but after agreeing to work with them, I realized I was a bit stuck.
The ADC provides recent African immigrants with micro-loans for small businesses. They also assist African immigrants with homeownership and recently launched programs in business consulting and youth engagement. But I had no experience or relevant coursework in finance and no practical experience with homeownership or business.
So I decided to listen to the needs of the ADC’s staff and clients in designing my project. They expressed the desire for an online banking system, so that loan recipients could manage their payments from home.
For emerging entrepreneurs, managing time well is the means to success, so their commute to make payments in person detracted from valuable work or family time. Despite my lack of previous experience in finance or computer science, I decided to create an online banking system. I quickly gathered a toolbox of resources, making contact with a software developer in India, consulting Macalester professors, and reading up on existing online banking systems. After two months, many phone calls to New Delhi, and the constant encouragement of the ADC, I succeeded in implementing this software. Now, over 200 loan recipients are able to make their loan payments online.
While nothing about my fellowship experience at the African Development Center was easy, it was the most rewarding work I have done. A Macalester education encourages you to think in a unique way, pushing you to pursue and achieve things you never thought you could have.