2021-22 Community Engagement Center Leaders in Service during their retreat (also pictured is Tulsi Patel, AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2020-21 academic year)

Program Description

Civic Engagement Organizers is the name of the Community Engagement Center student leaders who work to encourage community involvement by Macalester students. Most of these student employees are Issue Organizers who focus on a particular issue, such as Youth and Tutoring, Environment and Sustainability, or Immigrants and Refugees. Issue Organizers work with CEC staff and community partners to identify volunteer and engagement opportunities in the local community, and they work to recruit and support students to be engaged in the community on these issues. The Community Engagement Organizers e also work to educate the campus about their issue area and collaborate to organize events on campus that relate to civic engagement, such as the Involvement Fair and Volunteer Appreciation events.

The approximately 15 participating students come together throughout the school year for training, networking, and reflection on community engagement, leadership, and social change issues. Civic Engagement Organizers e form a vital bridge between Macalester College and local agencies and organizations in the Twin Cities.

Students participating in the Civic Engagement Organizers  program gain skills in organizing, managing group dynamics, creative problem-solving, and developing relationships with diverse groups of people and organizations. Student leaders often continue working in the areas they have been involved in after graduation, sometimes finding employment as a direct result of their work with the community.

Program Opportunities

  • Participate in training retreats and student staff meetings
  • Receive support from Community Engagement Center staff for community engagement and social awareness activities
  • Gain knowledge about nonprofits, the Twin Cities community, and social issues
  • Gain skills in volunteer management, event planning, and group dynamics
  • Take advantage of exciting opportunities to develop new campus-community relationships or on-campus programming