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Overview of Project Pericles® at Macalester College

The purposes of this project are fourfold:

  • to create an "engaged campus," deliberate in creating a multifaceted and systematic approach to campus / community connections
  • to deepen the impact of existing programs and increase the stature of our engagements in the community
  • to develop institutional norms, structures and practices that actively encourage and support civic engagement
  • to provide leadership for other liberal arts colleges.

The end result of these goals is to provide an educational experience for students, which fosters informed and involved citizen leaders who are committed to and prepared for a lifetime of civic engagement.

Project Initiatives

  • Macalester Pericles Governing Board
    Establishes a multi constituent governing board.
  • Engaged Departments Project
    Identifies and strengthens the civic engagement of academic departments.


  • Public Scholarship Across the Curriculum
    Promotes public scholarship in coursework through sponsoring faculty reading groups, course development assistance, and professional development workshops for faculty.
  • Engaged Campus Committee
    Renewing campus-wide engagement in the community. Produced a Civic Engagement Campus Inventory, documenting commitments and activities across campus.
  • Civic Structure Committee
    Develops an administrative system for coordinating the college's civic engagement efforts.
  • Political Participation Efforts
    This is a nonpartisan initiative to complete voter registration on and off-campus and to provide venues for dialogue on local, national and international social issues and hosting of candidate forums.
  • Host for National Conference
    Macalester was pleased to host the first national conference of Project Pericles program directors during the fall of 2004.

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