Macalester students, faculty and staff are actively involved in public scholarship and civic learning locally, nationally and internationally.
The “esprit de corps” of the campus is engagement — of ideas and action towards a more just and responsible world. More than 90 percent of our students participate in some form of community-based work before they graduate. We work in reciprocal partnership with community organizations in the Twin Cities to provide learning experiences that will also enrich the community.
Leadership and Pre-Orientation Programs
The Bonner Community Scholars Program is a four-year civic engagement program providing leadership programming, academic support, engagement opportunities and a social network.
Lives of Commitment is for students wanting to get involved in the Twin Cities and build a strong community with other first years who are passionate about making a social impact. Students volunteer weekly in small groups teaching English to immigrants and refugees or tutoring a child. Participants gather regularly for meaningful dialogue about their community work and to explore their larger life commitments through group dinners and smaller reflection circles.
Social Change Through Legislation
Countable is a place to get nonpartisan summaries of current and upcoming U.S. legislation. Get educated on issues, follow a bill and take action by contacting your representatives. It’s a good first stop for engaged citizenship!. www.countable.us
Please view the “First in Our Families” short films created by Macalester students, staff and alumni. The films focus on the reflections and experiences of first generation students at Macalester and beyond. This work is a product of a First Generation Digital Storytelling Workshop hosted by Jane Van Galen and Class Action during Fall semester 2015.
Macalester is one of only 361 institutions that has been awarded the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for excellence in civic engagement.
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