View of downtown Minneapolis, photo by Grace Clark

Community Engagement

When Macalester students begin engaging with a community partner, they are entering into a story that pre-dates them and will continue after they graduate. For this reason and many more, the Civic Engagement Center emphasizes ongoing, reciprocal relationships with community partners. The information below on each of our 10 Issue Areas includes interactive story maps providing multimedia information on their partners, as well as some local context highlighting the ways their respective issue area relates to the Twin Cities. Also listed below are student videos sharing their firsthand experiences engaging at their site, and how fellow students can get involved. Details on each Issue Area are listed under each story map and / or video(s), and include information on specific site partners as well as how to reach the student Issue Area Coordinator get involved!

Image shows George Floyd's memorial in front of Cup Foods on Lake Street. In front of a colorful mural of George Floyd, hundreds of colorful flowers and community art recognizing Floyd's life are laid.

 

Arts for Social Change Story Map
Watch Norah’s Video

Local youth visit a Macalester classroom as part of the College Access program.

 

Watch Shouayee’s Video on College Access
Watch Sun’s Video on Breakthrough

Photo showing protesters at Line 3 by Dio Cramer '20

 

Environment & Sustainability Story Map
Watch Anna’s Video

A Macalester student sits chatting with two elderly women.

 

Health & Wellness Story Map
Watch Zahra’s Video

Three Macalester students stand next to Mayor Carter (mayor of Saint Paul), holding signs that promote a fifteen dollar minimum wage.

 

Housing, Work, & Food Justice Story Map
Watch Alyssa’s Video

Two Somali men twirl women in hijabs around them in a dance on the street.

Immigrants & Refugees Story Map
Watch Emma’s Video
Watch Maddie’s Video about Literacy Minnesota

Photo showing children in class at the Bilingual Learning Center.

Watch Emma’s Video
Watch Gabi’s Video about CLUES
Watch Analeidi’s Video on Casa de Esperanza 

On Election Day Nov. 3, students tabled outside the Campus Center to answer questions and encourage voting. Photo by Julia Bintz '24.

Policy & Justice Story Map
Watch Lola’s Video
Watch Yuzuha’s Video on Mac-Groveland Council

Watch Ana’s Video about Reflection Programs
Watch Nathalia’s Video on Embody The Change
Watch Matthew’s Video on Perspective Collective

Children playing with arts and crafts materials

Youth & Tutoring Story Map
Watch Audrey’s Video
Watch Emily’s Video on the St. Paul Public Library

Find Engagement Opportunities

Galaxy Digital is the Civic Engagement Center’s online volunteer platform where you can search and sign up for engagement opportunities and events that align with your interests and schedule. As always, CEC staff and student leaders are happy to connect on Zoom, phone, or email to support you in connecting to opportunities that fit your interests!