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.

Interested in Being Part of the CEC Student Leader Team?  Apply to be a CEC Issue Based Organizer for 2017-18!  Each student develops and maintains community partnerships, connects students to ongoing community engagement opportunities, and educates the larger campus about the issue area. Apply online using this Google form  Openings for next year are: Arts for Social Change; College Access; Economic Justice, Spanish Language Opportunities, Youth/Tutoring, Policy/Justice Work and Campus Outreach/Partnerships.

Get engaged!!  Check out the list of group volunteer and engagement opportunities that are currently happening as well as opportunities we are recruiting for. Download list here

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. 

Carnegie Foundation Seal

Macalester is one of only 361 institutions that has been awarded the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for excellence in civic engagement.

Academic-Year Hours
Monday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – Noon