Macalester has long said that civic engagement and internationalism are two of its core values. The college’s students embrace those values too and are determined to live them.
To help them do so, the Live It Fund was begun this year by the Institute for Global Citizenship’s Student Council. The council asked students to define global citizenship and then propose a project that would enable them to live it out. Twenty-one proposals came in from 27 students, featuring partnering organizations from St. Paul to Cambodia. The council picked six projects and funded them at amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000. The money came from the President’s office, and the hope is that many of the projects will find future funding from other sources in order to continue. Following are the six projects chosen for this summer. Keep an eye on the Macalester website next fall as we report on how they succeeded.
• Macalester World Cup Soccer Camp
Danny Calderon ’11
Roughly 100 middle school kids will watch the World Cup games, learn about the culture and customs of the countries those teams represent, and practice soccer skills taught to them by collegiate soccer players.
• B.R.E.A.K.I.N. (Bringing Real Education to At-Risk Kids in Impoverished Neighborhoods)
James “Flo” Zhou ’13, Ty Hong ’13, Stephen Peyton ’13, Mary Pheng ’13
These four students will be supporting the work of Tiny Toones Youth Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which brings education to disenfranchised youth through hip hop culture and break-dancing. They’ll teach and learn at the center and upon their return will share what they’ve learned about Cambodia’s history, culture and contemporary challenges. They also will connect Mac’s growing hip hop community to Tiny Toones.
• Si Se Puede! The Struggle for Social Justice Am ong Migrant Farm Workers
Marichel Mejia ’11
Mejia will intern with the United Farm Workers for America at its Delano, California, office and help the group organize migrant farm workers in their campaign for workers’ rights. She will also interview migrant farm workers and report on the challenges and struggles they face and how the UFW tries to help.
• Dakota Birthright
Terence Steinberg ’11
Santee Sioux Reservation members will join Steinberg in canoeing the reverse route of their 19th century exile from Minnesota to Nebraska. This voyage is being developed with the Minneapolis American Indian Center and Santee community elders, and will become a model for future trips.
• Drafting an Amendment for the Budget Law in China
Robert Woo ’12
Woo is organizing a summit in his native China to engage scholars, policy wonks and citizens in reviewing the country’s budgetary law and to facilitate drafting a new one that would better reflect the best interests of both the government and its citizens.
• Access College
Jonas Buck ’13
Buck is making an informational film explaining the college application process to make it more understandable and accessible to a wider range of kids. He plans to make his film, which will draw on the experience of both students and college counselors, available over the Internet.