Leadership Programs


Ametrica Project | Bonner Community Scholar Program
Lives of Commitment | Pluralism and Unity Program

Ametrica Project

The Ametrica Project brings domestic and international students together and develops intercultural sensitivity by its participants gazing upon the world 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 will be part of small group activities (4-6 people) coordinated by ISP mentors. The ISP mentors will facilitate on campus programs and ephemeral escapades in conjunction with Macalester faculty and administration during the fall semester. Activities during the fall 2014 included dinners at homes of Macalester faculty, staff and alumni.  We have not chosen our fall 2015 topics yet. A sampling of past topics have been family, friends, humor, politics, religion, law and order, economics, health, taboo, pop culture, race, love, lying and cheating, identity and much much more.

Ideally, the program participants will be made up of an equal number of international and US students.  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. The deadline is Wednesday, June 24th.

For more information and to apply for the Ametrica Project, visit the International Student Program website

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Bonner Community Scholars Program

The Bonner Community Scholars Program is a four-year civic engagement program that provides leadership programming, academic support, engagement opportunities and a social network.

Being a Bonner Scholar involves a commitment not only to service, but also to learning how to be an effective change agent for one’s campus, community, and beyond. Ideal Bonner candidates are passionate about civic engagement and eliminating systematic inequalities, demonstrate community involvement, embrace working in a team setting, have leadership potential, and a commitment to the Bonner mission of “Access to Education & Opportunity to Serve.”

Bonner is founded on six common commitments:
Civic Engagement - We participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.
Community Building - We establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.
Diversity - We respect and embrace the many dimensions of diversity in our private and public lives.
International Perspective - We develop international understanding that enables us to participate successfully in a global society.
Social Justice - We advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
Spiritual Exploration - We explore personal belief while respecting the spiritual practices of others.

Bonner invites all first-year students to apply and selects 12 new participants each year. First generation college students, Minnesota residents, and students who have participated in college access programs (eg. Upward Bound, College Possible, AVID, TRIO, etc) are strongly encouraged to apply. To be eligible for the program participants must have work-study as part of their financial aid package and a demonstrated commitment to community involvement.

The Bonner Program begins with a required pre-orientation retreat which takes place August 24-August 27, 2015. On this retreat, students build community with Bonners, meet key program staff, learn more about the Twin Cities as well as learning more about the expectations and benefits of being a Bonner Community Scholar.

Students chosen for Bonner cannot participate in pre-orientation MacWard Bound trips.

For more information and/or to apply:
Bonner Community Scholars Program

Applications should be received no later than 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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Lives of Commitment

Looking to find a close community of students who share your interest in community service and deep conversation? Want to get involved in the Twin Cities your first year? Then Lives of Commitment is for you!  These 35 first year students are passionate about getting involved in the community and engaging in meaningful dialogue about what is most important to them, be that social justice, ethical practice or religious commitments.  Participants strive to infuse their work in the community with their current values and discover new ones along the way.

Throughout the year, each student will spend 2-3 hours each week as part of a small group at one of six nonprofit organizations either working with immigrants and refugees and/or tutoring children. Distinguishing aspects of this program are the monthly dinners and regular small group dialogue about the motivations behind one’s commitments. The program begins with a required pre-orientation urban retreat for students where they become familiar with the Twin Cities (August 24-August 27, 2015). During the opening retreat students begin building a supportive community with other participants and spend time in the Twin Cities learning about dynamic local organizations and the ways Macalester engages in our diverse and vibrant community.

Students chosen for Lives of Commitment cannot participate in pre-orientation MacWard Bound trips.

For more information and/or to apply:
Lives of Commitment

Applications should be received no later than 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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Pluralism & Unity Program (P&U)

Mission & Description

The mission of the Pluralism & Unity Program (P&U) is to create a community of first-year students who are committed to exploring and understanding issues of race, culture, identity, and social justice. We ask the questions:

• Why do identities matter?

• What is multiculturalism?

• What is social justice?

This unique program provides first-year students an opportunity to build strong and effective
relationships within and across racial, ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds. Encompassing
all of Macalester’s core values (multiculturalism, internationalism, academic excellence, and
civic engagement), the P&U Program is an excellent opportunity to be part of what makes
Macalester so special - students, staff, and faculty from many different parts of the world;
the varied cultural backgrounds that each person brings; and the college’s location in a major
metropolitan area in the United States. Whatever our backgrounds and identities are, we all
have important stories to tell and important things to learn from one another.

Structure & Format
The P&U Program is designed as a co-curricular program for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Students selected to be a part of the P&U Program will learn about theories and engage in discussions related to social identities, social structures, and communicating across differences.  These intentional dialogues will deepen students’ understanding of how social identity works for them personally, provide perspective on effectively interacting across cultural differences, and encourage students to reflect on their position within community structures and institutions.  In addition, students will also participate in community engagements that will connect their learning to “real world” interactions at Macalester and with the culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods and communities that make up the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul.

Past participants’ experiences in P&U have encouraged them to become leaders on campus
and in the local community. Alums of P&U have become outstanding leaders in many campus
organizations (i.e., Macalester College Student Government, Caribbean Student Association,
Multifaith Council, Queer Union, Adelante!, and Feminists in Action) and have completed
internships and off-campus student employment at various local elementary schools, high
schools, and nonprofit organizations.

How To Apply to the P&U Program
To complete an application: Pluralism & Unity Program Application
To learn more about the Pluralism & Unity Program, please visit our website.
Questions? E-mail

Priority will be given to applications received by Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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