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Community Engagement Center

Engage the issues that matter the most to you during your time at Mac

Apply for Off Campus Student Employment!

Off-Campus Student Employment (OCSE) is an opportunity for students to earn their financial aid awards while working with a local community partner. It’s designed to create and strengthen institutional partnerships between Macalester and local community organizations. The focus of our program is to encourage students to serve as a bridge between the local organization and Macalester, enabling both to build on the varied resources of the other.

Apply for the Action Fund!

The Action Fund supports off-campus community engagement projects proposed and led by students in direct collaboration with a local community-based organization. The projects all have action components, fulfilling unmet needs of Twin Cities’ communities, as well as learning/education components that promote reflection, meaning making, and sharing of lessons learned. Award amounts up to $5,000 or less are available per project.

From the Frontlines to the Fencelines

This pilot series was designed by Vivian Tran, ‘24, American Studies major as part of her Summer 2023 research assistantship with the Mississippi River Open School for Kinship and Social Exchange. Along with many others, this program was designed with the advising and mentorship of Sedric McClure, Co-Director of the Community Engagement Center and supported by the CEC, Program Board and the Mississippi River Open School for Kinship and Social Exchange.

CEC Hours

Academic-Year Hours

  • Monday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours

  • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m.-noon
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Macalester was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for excellence in community engagement in 2010.

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