In 2019-2020, 19 Macalester departments offered 54 courses with civic engagement components taught by 38 different professors. The above example shows students teaching elementary school youth at Macalester's Ordway Field Station as part of the Outdoor Environmental Education course, taught by Professors Ruthanne Kurth-Schai and Jerald Dosch. Photo submitted by Jerald Dosch in 2019.

Election 2020: Mobilize Mac

Find Opportunities on Galaxy Digital

Even in these uncertain times requiring social distancing, there are many opportunities to safely engage with and volunteer to help in the Twin Cities. Are you an incoming student? Tell us your interests, and we’ll be in touch with related opportunities. All students can check out our online portal Galaxy Digital to view specific opportunities. Whether you just have a general idea of the issues you care about, or have a specific nonprofit in mind, there are multiple ways to find the right fit for you. Questions can be emailed to

Centering Black Lives

We deeply mourn the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and stand in strong opposition to ongoing racism and injustice locally, within the U.S., and around the world. We all must work to dismantle racism and white supremacy as we also work to reimagine, support and strengthen just and equitable communities. Click here to learn specific ways to support and join local efforts in meeting immediate needs and advocating for change In a fast-changing environment, these sites will have timely information on protests and needs.

Mac Solidarity

In this time of deep uncertainty and social unrest, the Mac community is finding strength from stories of action by our fellow community members. Visit our Mac Solidarity page to view these stories submitted by students, staff and faculty.

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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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