The Community Engagement Center sponsors annual events to encourage and help students become involved in the community.
This Matters at Mac: Civic Engagement
This orientation event for first-year students introduces them to civic engagement in the Twin Cities with various community organizations, helping provide context to meaningfully navigate the local context. Prior to 2021, this annual event was called “Into the Streets.”
Each year on September 17, Constitution Day is celebrated on campus. In collaboration with the DeWitt Wallace Library and other departments, the Community Engagement Center hosts a speaker or panel of speakers to discuss a timely topic as it relates to our Constitutional rights.
I’m First Day
Every year on Nov. 8, Macalester joins in the national I’m First celebration, marking the anniversary of the National Higher Education Act of 1965. At Mac, we celebrate all in our community who may not have experienced guidance navigating their undergraduate experience, including faculty and staff!
Community Engagement Fair
Fair held in the fall and spring that brings nonprofit organizations to campus. Students meet representatives from the organizations and learn about service and employment opportunities. By the time they graduate, 94% of Macalester students have participated in community-based service or projects.
Debating for Democracy (D4D)
Debating for Democracy is an annual training that is part of a larger series through Project Pericles, a consortium of colleges committed to civic engagement. Each year, Project Pericles offers day-long policy workshops that provide participants with the tools and tactics to empower people and affect social change.