The Civic Engagement Center educates students on issues related to global citizenship, assisting them with their personal discernment of values, ethics, and commitments towards contributing to the public good in meaningful ways. The center works with the community in a spirit of respectful reciprocity and partnership. We connect the resources of the college with community needs and strengths from a commitment to institutional citizenship and to reinforce the capacity of local communities.

We believe that civic engagement enhances students’ understanding of issues of public concern, as well as their academic and civic development for a life of public contribution. Service to society is part of the mission of Macalester College and thus part of an institutional goal to educate thoughtful and contributing global citizens.

Philosophy behind the Institute for Global Citizenship

The Civic Engagement Center: