Meet the 2017/18 Civic Engagement Center student workers!  Find out what they excited about and looking forward to this year.

  • WEBAbigailThomsen.JPGAbby Thomsen ’20
    Issue Based Organizer: Arts for Social Change
    Salt Lake City, Utah – Anthropology
    “I’m most excited to become part of a community of people just as passionate about knowing themselves, others, and the greater world, and who are just as passionate about making positive change.”

Cole Ware

  • Ariana Hones ’18
    Issue Based Organizer: Youth and Tutoring
    Ripon, Wisconsin – International Studies and English
    “I am excited to help people find community outside of Mac.”


Daniel Saphiere ’18
Issue Based Organizer: Spanish Language
Mazatlán, Mexico – Economics and Geography
“Having a work/study job that is personally fulfilling.



Ellie Hohulin ’19
Lives of Commitment Student Coordinator
Glen Ellyn, Illinois – Art History
“Meeting all the new first years who will volunteer through the CEC, and seeing them fall in love with the Twin Cities through volunteering!”

Tasneem Issa

Tasneem Issa ’18
Issue Based Organizer: 
Health and Wellness
Spring Lake Park, Minnesota – Biology with Neurobiology Emphasis, Minor in Chemistry and Data Science with CGH concentration
“Developing relationships with more people both on and off campus.”


Kevin Xiong ’18
Issue Based Organizer: College Access

Minneapolis, Minnesota – American Studies
“I am most excited to continue and expand the work that I have been doing in the CEC.”

Amelia Gerrard ’19
Issue Based Organizer: Immigrants and Refugees
Stillwater, Minnesota
“I am excited about seeing familiar faces and connecting with new people.”


Maya Swope ’18
Issue Based Organizer: Environment and Sustainability

Harrisville, New Hampshire
Environmental Studies | Geography Minor
“I am excited to work with the other wonderful CEC staff and to continue to develop relationships between Macalester students and their greater Twin Cities community.”

WEBMakaylaBarker.jpgMakayla Barker
Issue Based Organizer: Economic Justice

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Political Science and International Studies | Economics Minor
“I’m excited to get to know, and build relationships with more students and faculty, and also to explore and familiarize myself with different parts of the Twin Cities.”

WEBSarahChinski.jpgSarah Chinski
Issue Based Organizer: Youth & Tutoring 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa –  Astrophysics & Geology
“I’m excited to meet students specializing in different departments here at Mac, as well as develop a prosperous relationship with my fellow Youth & Tutoring coordinator!”

ShireenZainab110.jpgShireen Zaineb
Office Assistant

Mequon, WI –  International Studies
“I’m excited to do what I can to contribute to the CEC and become a part of this community!”



Maggie Mischka ’19
Office Assistant (Fall 2017)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Political Science, Latin American Studies
“Getting to know all the awesome CEC employees :)”



Sarah Nemetz ’18  
Student Coordinator for Reflection
Newton, Massachusetts – American Studies
“This year with the CEC, I’m most excited to be involved in the Let Your Life Speak events and to brainstorm new ideas and additions to the reflection and vocational programming!” 


Anna Rynearson ’19
Office Assistant (Spring 2018)
Political Science
“Making Copies of things.”


Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold ’19
Bonner Program Assistant (Fall 2017)
Waukegan, Illinois – Computer Science and History Major, Geography minor
“After getting my feet wet last year, I am eager to see my ideas come to fruition!


Molly Flerlage ’18  
Marketing Coordinator
Glen Arbor, Michigan – Environmental Studies
“I’m excited to work with all the new student staff!”


Salamong Xiong ’20  
Issue Based Organizer – College Access (Spring 2018)
Saint Paul, Minnesota – Physics
“I’m excited  to be working on college access and getting to know the Eastside Saint Paul community even better. ”

Lynda Chao ’18  
Bonner Program Assistant (Spring 2018)
“I’m excited  to  start learning about the ins and outs of the CEC, especially Bonner. ”