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.

Mobilize Mac 2021

Centering Black Lives

As we reflect on the recent attempted auto-coup by violent right-wing white supremacists at the U.S. Capitol, we would like to highlight ways to work for justice and equity in the local Twin Cities community and our larger society. We allespecially those of us who identify as white — must work to dismantle racism and white supremacy as we also work to reimagine, support, and strengthen just and equitable communities.

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

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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