Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant 

The Mellon Renewed Purpose Grant provides support for initiatives that deepen understandings of internationalism and multiculturalism and bring them into closer relationship. The original proposal to the Mellon Foundation notes that “Regrettably, the international and multicultural tenets of Macalester’s mission have for too long been seen as individual ‘pillars’ that are sometimes in conflict and competition rather than as intertwined and interdependent values.” The proposal also notes that “[d]uring the Institute’s infancy we focused our efforts primarily on internationalism and civic engagement”; “[u]ltimately, concerns that multiculturalism did not have an equal presence in the IGC reflected a broader split on campus between internationalism and multiculturalism.” The grant supports work to “bring multiculturalism and internationalism together in a substantive way that deepens our understanding and commitment to both. Our goal, and our challenge, is to exemplify the connectedness of multiculturalism and internationalism on campus and thereby ground the understanding in continual deliberation.” The proposal also connects work on internationalism and multiculturalism to “concepts of difference and diversity. As these are connected to issues of power and privilege, our community, as a whole, must continually engage with these ideas to support not only specific courses and pedagogy but also broader practices and policies on campus, as these may affect populations differentially.” The grant provides opportunities to “bring diversity and inclusion discussions” together with the IGC’s work to “emphasize all elements of the mission… academic excellence, multiculturalism, internationalism, and service to society.”

Grant Initiatives:

Collaborative Teaching

Support for faculty from two different disciplines to develop and teach a course together related to the Internationalism and U.S. Identities and Differences general education requirements.


  • Erik Davis, Religious Studies, and Khaldoun Samman, Sociology. “Fascism: Pathways of the Revolutionary Right”


  • Erik Larson, Sociology, and Katie Phillips, History. “American Indians and Global Indigeneity,” USID, INTL
  • Erika Busse-Cárdenas, Sociology, and Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, Theatre and Dance. “The Festival of Nations: Sociology of (Multi)Cultural Performance”
  • Wessam Elmeligi, Classics, and Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz, Spanish & Poruguese. “Hyphenating Identities: Multiculturalism in Al-Andalus and the Americas”


  • Penny Geng, English, and Mark Mazullo, Music. “Adaptations: Shakespeare, Verdi, and the Politics of Art,” INTL


  • Mary Heskel, Biology, and Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies. “Global Change Biology,” INTL
  • Jess Pearson, History, and Britt Abel, German Studies. The Holocaust, INTL, USID


  • (approved) Duchess Harris, American Studies, and Juliette Rogers, French. “Blacks in France / Noir-e-s en France,” USID, INTL
Course Development

Faculty Learning Community (FLC): 

The FLC provides space for faculty to develop ideas for courses to fulfill the INTL and/or USID general education requirements. Each participant produces material for a potential course, such as a reading list, course description, or full syllabus.


  • I-Chun Catherine Chang, Geography
  • Felix Friedt, Economics
  • Crystal Moten, History
  • Dianna Shandy, Anthropology
  • Althea Sircar, Political Science


  • Devavani Chatterjea, Biology
  • Geoffrey Gorham, Philosophy
  • Morgan Jerald, Psychology
  • Christie Manning, Environmental Studies
  • Alicia Muñoz, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Molly Olsen, Spanish & Portguguese
  • Jess Pearson, History
  • Khaldoun Samman, Sociology
  • Dan Trudeau, Geography
  • Joan Ostrove, Psychology and Annan IGC, facilitator

Course Development Grants

Grants support the development and teaching of new or significantly revised courses that will be proposed to fulfill the USID and/or INTL general education requirements.


  • Matt Burgess, English, “Identities and Differences in U.S. Literature,” revised, USID
  • Ernie Capello, History, “The Andes: Landscape and Power,” revised, INTL
  • James Dawes, English, “Justice,” revised, USID
  • Susanna Drake, Religious Studies, “Jesus, Peter, Paul, and Mary,” revised, USID
  • Daylanne English, English, “Charlottesville: Texts and Contexts,” new, USID
  • Felix Friedt, Economics, “Exporters and Multinational Corporations,” new, INTL
  • Michael Griffin, Media & Cultural Studies, “Structures and Cultures of International Journalism,” new, INTL
  • Arjun Guneratne, Anthropology, “The Anthropocene and the Human Prospect,” new, INTL
  • Joanna Inglot, Art & Art History, “Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in American Photography,” revised, USID
  • Andrew Latham, Political Science, “Religion and World Politics,” revised, USID, INTL
  • Katie Phillips, History, “Imagining the American West,” revised, USID
  • Dianna Shandy, Anthropology, “Race, Racisms, and Decolonization: Lessons from South Africa,” new, USID, INTL
  • Althea Sircar, Political Science, “Decolonizing Academia,” new, USID, INTL


  • Morgan Adamson, Media & Cultural Studies, “Oppositional Cinemas,” revised, USID, INTL
  • Holly Barcus, Geography, “Migration, Home and Identity(ies): Exploring Geographies of Place, Culture, and Belonging,” new, USID, INTL
  • Jay Bowman, Geography, “Human Geography of Global Affairs,” Revised, INTL
  • Michael Griffin, Media & Cultural Studies, “Media, War and Conflict,” new, INTL
  • Morgan Jerald, Psychology, “Understanding Race and Racism,” new, USID
  • Alicia Muñoz, Spanish & Portuguese, “Spanish for Heritage Speakers,” new, USID
  • Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz, Spanish & Portuguese, “Shared Legacies, Disparate Journeys? Brazil and the U.S. Since the Abolition of Slavery,” new, USID, INTL
  • Roopali Phadke, Environmental Studies, “Energy Justice,” new, USID
  • Jenna Rice Rahaim, International Studies, “Muslim Women Writers (Part 2),” new, USID
  • Khaldoun Samman, Sociology, “Class and Racial Segmentation and the Cultural Industries in the U.S.,” new, USID, INTL
  • Althea Sircar, Political Science, “Disability and Intersectionality,” new, USID, INTL
  • Linda Sturtz, History, “Enslavement, Resistance, and Emancipation in Comparative North American and Caribbean Perspective,” new, USID


  • Karin Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies, “Critical Prison Studies,” revised, USID
  • Erika Busse-Cárdenas, Sociology, “Struggles for Reproductive Rights and Justices: A Global Perspective,” new, USID, INTL
  • Paul Dosh, Political Science, “Urban Latinx Power in the U.S.,” revised, USID
  • Susanna Drake, Religious Studies, “Queer Christians,” new, USID
  • David C. Moore, International Studies, “Global Contagions, Past and Present,” new, INTL
  • Alicia Muñoz, Spanish & Portuguese, “Latinx in the Midwest,” new, USID
  • Jessica Pearson, History, “Making Modern Europe,” new, INTL
  • Katrina Phillips, History, “American Indian History Since 1871,” USID
  • Michael Prior, English, “Introduction to Asian American Literature,” new, USID
  • Kirisitina Sailiata, American Studies, “American Culture in the Atomic Age,” new, USID, INTL
  • Khaldoun Samman, Sociology, “Social Theories for Our Politically Challenging Times,” new, USID
  • Amy Sullivan, History, “US Since 1920: Fear, Anxiety, Safety, and Security,” new, USID
  • Joëlle Vitiello, French & Francophone Studies, “Food in France and Francophone World: Local and Global,” new, INTL
  • Vanessa Voller, International Studies, “Introduction to “Glocal” Health: Public Health and Covid-19,” new, USID, INTL


  • Xavier Haro-Carrión, “Neotropical Landscapes,” new, INTL
Faculty and Staff Development

Faculty development initiatives provide opportunities to learn and reflect on pedagogical and curricular issues related to internationalism, multiculturalism, and community engagement. With these initiatives, faculty connect their own work to practices for institutional transformation as new knowledges enter and re-shape academic spaces.

Early Career Faculty Group / Junior Faculty Seminar

Space for BIPOC faculty to discuss pedagogies and issues in classes, navigating departments and campus dynamics, balancing teaching and scholarship, work/life balance, and other topics of shared interest.


  • Erika Busse-Cárdenas, Sociology
  • I-Chun Catherine Chang, Geography
  • Penelope Geng, English
  • Lizeth Gutierrez, American Studies
  • Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies
  • Arthur Mitchell, Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Crystal Moten, History
  • Lisa Mueller, Political Science
  • Althea Sircar, Political Science
  • Alicia Muñoz, Spanish and Portuguese, facilitator


  • Erika Busse-Cárdenas, Sociology
  • Ariel James, Psychology
  • Morgan Jerald, Psychology
  • Sierra Lomuto, English
  • Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies
  • Arthur Mitchell, Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Crystal Moten, History
  • Gitch Onsongo, MSCS
  • Althea Sircar, Political Science
  • Donna Maeda, Annan IGC and American Studies, facilitator


  • I-Chun Catherine Chang, Geography
  • Penny Geng, English
  • Xavier Haro-Carrión, Geography
  • Ariel James, Psychology
  • Morgan Jerald, Psychology
  • Arthur Mitchell, Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Lisa Mueller, Political Science
  • Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies
  • Gitch Onsongo, MSCS
  • Michael Prior, English
  • Morgan Sleeper, Linguistics
  • Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies, facilitator


  • Erika Busse-Cárdenas, Sociology
  • I-Chun Catherine Chang, Geography, co-facilitator, Spring
  • El Hadji Diop, French and Francophone Studies
  • Lian Duan, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
  • Tia-Simone Gardner, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Penny Geng, English, co-facilitator, Spring
  • Xavier Haro-Carrión, Geography
  • Ariel James, Psychology
  • Morgan Jerald, Psychology
  • Pamela Klasova, Classical Mediterranean and the Middle East
  • Mina Kinukawa, Theater & Dance
  • Lisa Mueller, Political Science, co-facilitator, Spring
  • Ahoo Najafian, Religious Studies
  • Getiria Onsongo, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
  • Joslenne Peña, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
  • Kiri Sailiata, American Studies
  • Morgan Sleeper, Linguistics
  • Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies, facilitator, Fall

Mid-Career BIPOC Faculty Group (beginning Fall 2021)

Advanced Faculty Seminar

  • 2017-2018 Bringing Student Access and Success Together with Faculty Development. Staff members who have deep knowledge of classroom issues from working closely with first generation and BIPOC students as they learn to navigate the institution connected with faculty around pedagogical development. The group also hosted consultant Dr. Kenjus Watson, who returned in Spring 2019 to co-facilitate the Intergroup Dialogue initiative.
    • Karin Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies
    • Julie Dolan , Political Science
    • Ruth Janisch, Civic Engagement Center, Annan IGC
    • Donna Maeda , Annan IGC
    • Sedric McClure, Department of Multicultural Life
    • Joan Ostrove, Psychology
    • Shilad Sen, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
  • 2019-2020 Retention of BIPOC Faculty. Research and recommendations on best practices, examining relationships between hiring practices and retention. Research on requiring diversity statements as a practice that structures the valuing of experience and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the work of department members.
    • Karin Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies
    • Olga González, Anthropology, Facilitator
    • Cláudia Nascimento, Theater & Dance
    • Getiria Onsongo, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
    • Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz, Spanish & Portuguese
    • Khaldoun Samman, Sociology
    • Xin Yang, Asian Languages & Cultures

Academic Leadership Seminar (ALS)

A collaborative project between the Annan IGC and Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, the Academic Leadership Seminar provides opportunities for faculty participants to gain deeper understanding of the work of different areas of the campus as they take on larger leadership roles (such as department chair) and sit on committees with broad campus purviews.


  • Peter Bognanni, English
  • Rivi Handler-Spitz, Asian Languages & Cultures
  • William Hart, Religious Studies
  • Lesley Lavery, Political Science
  • Michael McGaghie, Music
  • Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Art & Art History
  • David Shuman, Mathematics, Statistics, & Computer Science
  • Karin Vélez, History
  • Joan Ostrove, Serie Center, Psychology, co-facilitator
  • Donna Maeda, Annan IGC, American Studies, co-facilitator

Pedagogies and Practice

As the campus engaged in workshops with consultant Dr. Jamie Washington, who offered a framing and approach to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion under the theme, “Transforming Macalester, Transforming Ourselves: Strategies for Creating Equitable Learning Environments,” Pedagogies and Practice groups have provided space for faculty and staff to put what they learned into practice and to reflect on their ongoing efforts.


  • Group One. Focus: Setting the tone from the beginning of courses
    • John Bowman, Geography
    • Devavani Chatterjea, Biology
    • James Dawes, English
    • Teresa Mesa, Spanish & Portuguese
    • Chris Wells, Environmental Studies
  • Group Two. Focus: Effective practice. How to learn and develop from what goes well. Inclusivity statements for syllabi, developing scenarios for future development opportunities
    • Leslie Myint, MSCS
    • Beth Severy-Hoven, Classics, Mediterranean and the Middle East
    • Mario Solis-García, Economics
    • Emma Törzs, English
    • Dan Trudeau, Geography
    • Anna Williams, Physics & Astronomy
  • Group Three. Focus: Long-term planning and best practices for institution-level DEI work
    • Erika Busse-Cárdenas, Sociology
    • Kata Chillag, International Studies
    • Olga González, Anthropology
    • Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, Theater & Dance
    • Dianna Shandy, Anthropology
  • Group Four. Focus: Understanding how one’s identities shape interactions and ways of engaging with different issues
    • Elizabeth Jansen, Biology
    • Arthur Mitchell, Asian Languages & Cultures
    • Gitch Onsongo, MSCS
    • Amy Sullivan, History


  • Group One: MAX Center
    • David Ehren
    • Stephanie Alden
    • Xander Gershberg
    • Rebecca Graham
    • Jake Mohan
  • Group Two: Chemistry
    • Kelsey Boyle
    • Susan Green
    • Amy Rice
    • Marc Rodwogin

Departmental Deep Dives

Opportunities for academic departments to deepen efforts to build more equitable learning environments, building on Dr. Jamie Washington’s campus workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion, under the theme, “Transforming Macalester, Transforming Ourselves: Strategies for Creating Equitable Learning Environments.”


  • Biology: Day-long workshop with consultant Dr. Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island, Marine Ecologist and STEM pedagogy expert. Workshops on “Inclusive Pedagogy and “Inclusion and Curriculum Design” and a talk on teaching for meaning and designing STEM courses for inclusion.
  • German Studies: Activities to create more inclusive climates in classrooms and to make curriculum more diverse and inclusive, considering the negative treatment of racially and ethnically defined groups from guest workers in the 1950s to refugees and asylum seekers in German-speaking countries.
    • Attendance at the “Diversity, Decolonization and the German Curriculum” conference, St. Olaf, March 1-3.
    • Screening and discussion of “Millis Erwachen /Milli’s Awakening,” with Dr. Natasha Kelly, German academic activist and artist/filmmaker. Film addresses the history of Black people in Germany, focusing on Black women, and highlighting eight Afro-German women artists.


  •  Spanish & Portuguese, “Anti-Blackness and Latinidad,” Speakers: Shantee Rosado, Alex Palacios, Marcela Michelle, Oct. 6, 2020, building on departmental work to design a new course, “Spanish for Heritage Speakers”

Pedagogy: Working with Multilingual Students on Writing

Special project by Jake Mohan, Writing Counselor and Instructor, Macalester Academic Excellence (MAX) Center, to develop pedagogical materials for working with multilingual students.


Support for attendance at conferences related to internationalism, multiculturalism, community engagement, anti-racism, decolonization, diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Diversity, Learning, and Student Success, Pittsburgh, March 28-30. Nancy Bostrom, Assessment


  • Assessing General Education, Higher Learning Commission, Detroit, Sept. 26-27. Nancy Bostrom, Assessment; Andrew Beveridge Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Adam Johnson, Institutional Research; Andrew Latham, Political Science; and Donna Maeda, Annan IGC and American Studies
  • Imagining America, Albuquerque, Oct. 18-20. Paul Schadewald, Civic Engagement Center/Annan IGC; Eric Carroll, Art & Art History; Olga González, Anthropology, Annan IGC; Linda Sturtz, History; Marjorie Trueblood, Department of Multicultural Life
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Transforming STEM Higher Education, Chicago, Nov. 7-9. Devavani Chatterjea, Biology; and Joseph Benson, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science


  • HERS Academy: Duchess Harris, American Studies, Political Science
  • AAC&U Annual Meeting Jan. 20-23. Donna Maeda, Annan IGC, American Studies
  • International Sociological Association, Feb. 17-21. Lisa Gulya, Sociology
  • AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Mar. 24-26. Susana Blanco-Iglesias, Spanish & Portuguese; Hana Dinku, DML; Olga González, Anthropology and Annan IGC; Ruth Janisch, Annan IGC; Sedric McClure, DML; Bethany Miller, Institutional Research; TK Morton, DML; Dana Suttles, Hamre Center for Health and Wellness; Marjorie Trueblood, DML; Harry Waters., Jr., Theater and Dance and Annan IGC
  • Faculty Women of Color in the Academy, April 9-10. Ariel James, Psychology
  • Global Studies: Life After Pandemic, June 5-6. Molly Olsen, Spanish and Portuguese
Institutional Work


  • Internationalism, Multiculturalism: Strategies to Build Bridges with Complexity. This group examined how efforts around internationalism and multiculturalism are shaped by their institutional structure. The group looked at the history of internationalism and multiculturalism at Macalester, considering how specific conceptualizations of each were connected to the formation of the Institute for Global Citizenship. The relationships between concepts and structures led to the discussion of creating opportunities for the campus to develop deeper understandings of the particular conceptualizations of internationalism and multiculturalism, and how these shape efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion. A prevailing conceptualization of both internationalism and multiculturalism that focused on cross-cultural understanding hinders the understanding of relations of power that structure dynamics between racial groups, for example.
    • Ruthann Godollei, Art & Art History
    • Bill Hart, Religious Studies
    • Joanna Inglot, Art & Art History
    • Scott Legge, Anthropology
    • Sedric McClure, DML
    • Kevin Morrison, Center for Study Away/Annan IGC
    • Luyen Phan, International Student Programs
    • Joëlle Vitiello, French and Francophone Studies
    • Olga González, facilitator, Annan IGC, Anthropology

Working Groups

  • 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022. Community-Based Scholarship & Teaching. This group works on policy and practice to support community-based scholarship and teaching. The group identifies challenges for faculty interested in developing work in this area. They are looking at specific issues related to community-based scholarship and teaching in tenure and promotion review processes. They have developed materials to build shared understanding of community-based scholarship as scholarship, as well as processes through which community-engaged scholarship develops. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the group worked with the Faculty Personnel Committee to examine language in the Faculty Handbook for potential policy changes related to this work. The committee gave a presentation and facilitated discussion about community-based scholarship and teaching and the policy work with FPC at a Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching event, “Tenure in a Post-2020 Landscape? Supporting Innovative and Emerging Forms of Scholarship,” on March 26, 2021.
    • Holly Barcus, Geography
    • Eric Carroll, Art & Art History
    • John Kim, Media & Cultural Studies
    • Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies
    • Jaine Strauss, Psychology
    • Linda Sturtz, History
    • Dan Trudeau, Geography
    • Paul Schadewald, co-facilitator, Civic Engagement Center/Annan IGC
    • Karin Trail-Johnson, co-facilitator, Civic Engagement Center/Annan IGC
Community Partnerships


  • Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies. Partner: Ed Lib Minnesota.  “Educational Justice in the Twin Cities.” This partnership works to build capacity of the organization to bring together teachers of color to build solidarity and to work on Ethnic Studies mandates in the state.


  • John Kim, Media & Cultural Studies. Partner: Confluence Studio. This partnership develops mutual aid efforts in Minneapolis. Located near George Floyd Square, Confluence Studio developed community space for gatherings, music and arts events, community gardening, and programming around mutual aid.
  • Karin Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies. Partners: Asian American Organizing Project and Tricycle Buddhist Justice Reporter/George Floyd Trial Watch. This partnership developed podcasts about Asian American activism, relationships to spirituality and Buddhism, and the trial of the police officer for the murder of George Floyd.
    • New Narratives: Justice for George Floyd.
      • Episode 1: In May 2020, the presence of Tou Thao, a Hmong police officer, at George Floyd’s murder raised important questions for the AAPI community. Now, almost a year later, as the trial of Derek Chauvin unfolds,… hosts Anya Steinberg and Siena Iwasaki Milbauer… unpack… it from an Asian American lens.
      • Episode 2: What does it mean that a Hmong police officer stood by as an accomplice to the murder of George Floyd? Vayong Moua, the Director of Racial and Health Equity at Blue Cross Blue Shield, talks about the Hmong community’s unique position in Minneapolis, illuminates their experiences with police brutality, and discusses what solidarity could look like between the Hmong and Black communities in Minneapolis.
Annan IGC Faculty Fellow: Building Intellectual Community / Community of Insurgent Knowledges
  • Spring-Summer-Fall 2020: Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies. Student summer project team: Chi Anigbogu, Will Ennin, Swopnil Shrestha, Austin Ahlman

    • Faculty Fellow Lozenski connected and supported student interests through a participatory design process. After speaking with Macalester community members about their commitments and experiences in building community, students developed an analysis of power relations that help and hinder institutional transformation of campus climate to address negative student experiences. They then created ways to think about building community based on collective empowerment, with an eye toward collective liberation, to counter internalized and damaging power relations based on norms of competitiveness. The team considered ways to build infrastructure for students to support each other’s intellectual endeavors, as well as personal and communal well-being.
  • Spring-Summer 2021: Duchess Harris, American Studies. Co-teacher: Hana Dinku, Department of Multicultural Life. Student summer researcher: Biibi Muse.
    • Development of American Studies 194: Ethnic Studies and Campus Activism. The course is built to connect first-generation, BIPOC, and other interested students with BIPOC faculty to learn about their research and courses. Students learn about the history of Ethnic Studies and its origins in student and community activism as they also learn the tools and strategies for those efforts.
  • Fall 2020-Spring 2021: Erika Busse Cardenas, Sociology.
    • (In development): Building communities of insurgent knowledges through reading groups and sharing food and culture. Connecting with the team building community including and beyond first-generation and BIPOC academic cohorts. Building ideas for mentor development.
Immersive Faculty Development

Urban Faculty Colloquium (UFC)

The UFC is designed to bring a group of faculty and staff off-campus to engage with place and community partners in order to learn about communities and to develop practices of reciprocal relationship-building that brings academic knowledge in closer relationship with community knowledges.

  • Local UFC, 2018-2019. Organizer/Facilitator: Paul Schadewald, Civic Engagement Center/Annan IGC
    • Annan Institute for Global Citizenship: Examining and moving beyond assumptions regarding public understandings of different neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Presentation and discussion led by Dr. Brittany Lewis (‘09), research associate with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), UMN and Ed Goetz, Director of CURA, on gentrification and displacement in Minneapolis. IGC visits to Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis, to learn about their work with local artists and youth t develop artistic and practical job skills. Meeting with DeAnna Cumming, CDO, and Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer, on the organization’s strategies for engaging the community to have a voice regarding development in the neighborhood.
    • Deep Dive in preparation for the 2019 International Roundtable on “Incarceration (Un)Interrupted: Reclaiming Bodies, Lands, and Communities.” IRT Planning group engagement to 1) connect with current and potential community partners who work on issues related to the IRT theme; engage with local sites related to these issues; 3) build community among participants.
      • Engagement with Tonja Honsey, Executive Director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Wilder Foundation Changemakers of Community Equity Program Fellow.
      • Visit to Fort Snelling; meeting with MInnesota History Center staff members Kevin Maijala, Director of Experience Development, and Bill Convery, Exhibits & Collections, to learn about educational initiatives to complicate understandings of the Fort’s military history by offering information about the removal of Indigenous people from the site, as well as political issues related to attempts to honor Indigenous lands by renaming places.
      • Met with Paula Hart, President and CEO of Volunteers of America, and Chris Doege, Interim Director for Community Justice at AMICUS, to learn about their work to connect people who are incarcerated with mentors outside.
      • Visit to All Square Cafe and Institute & Dream Lab. Conversation with Emily Hunt Turner, Founder & CEO, about the Cafe’s work with employees who have experienced incarceration to receive job training, professional development, and opportunities to develop plans for food-related businesses or apply for law school.
      • Visit to Better Futures. Conversation with Treco Coggins, Manager of Integrated Services, to learn about their mixed non-profit and for-profit model of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals to work in a demolition and building/restoration parts business.
      • Went to the Immigration Court to witness deportation-related hearings and to meet with Michelle McKenzie (‘91), Deputy Director, Director of Advocacy, MN Advocates for Human Rights, to learn about their legal observation and advocacy work.
      • Met with Leah Cooper, Wanderlust Productions, to learn about the theater company’s community engagement process for developing places, and their current Incarceration Project.
      • IRT Planning Group/UFC participants: Karin Aguilar San Juan, American Studies; Paul Dosh, Political Science; Olga Gonzalez, Anthropology; Jason Jackson, Lealtad-Suzuki Center/DML; Ruth Janisch, Annan IGC; Erik Larson, Sociology; Donna Maeda, Annan IGC and American Studies; Sedric McClure, DML; Paul Schadewald, CEC/Annan IGC; Marjorie Trueblood, DML; Harry Waters, Jr., Theater and Dance.
    • “Into the Twin Cities! A Community Visit Hosted by Rondo Ave., Inc.,” Spring Professional Activities Workshop (SPAW), May 21, 2019. Orientation by Paul Schadewald, CEC/Annan IGC, and Marvin Anderson, Rondo Ave., Inc. Travel to Rondo to see public history projects and to meet with community members to talk about potential collaborative projects and to build relationships among faculty, staff, and community members around shared interests in connecting with this specific community, as well as broader interests in community-based teaching and scholarship. Participants in SPAW session and/or visits: Britt Abel, German Studies and Serie Center; Susana Blanco-Iglesias, Spanish & Portuguese; Nancy Bostrom, Assessment; Christina Buckles, Library; Paul Cantrell, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Ernie Capello, History; Duchess Harris, American Studies; Bill Hart, Religious Studies; Ariel James, Psychology; Morgan Jerald, Psychology; Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies; Christie Manning, Environmental Studies; Marianne Milligan, Linguistics; Ginny Moran, Library; Ashley Nepp, Geography; Jess Pearson, History; Khaldoun Samman, Sociology; Dianna Shandy, Anthropology and Annan IGC; David Shuman, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Karin Trail Johnson, CEC/Annan IGC; Dan Trudeau, Geography; Rachel Weeks, CEC/Annan IGC; Michael Zis, Political Science
    • New Faculty Orientation, August 20, 2019. Paul Schadewald, Civic Engagement Center/Annan IGC led an orientation to Macalester’s philosophy and approach to community-based teaching and scholarship. The group of new faculty, accompanied by Devavani Chatterjea, Biology and Serie Center, traveled to the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul to learn about the diverse populations, businesses, and community organizations in the area.
  • National UFC 2021-2022, in development

Faculty Development International Seminar (FDIS): 

The FDIS, like the UFC, is designed to bring faculty and staff to a location off-campus to develop new knowledge and practices in relationship to place.

FDIS 2019: South Africa 25 Years after Apartheid: Producing, Masking, and Resisting Inequalities, January 2019. Fourteen faculty and staff members traveled to South Africa to engage in experiential learning and to build intellectual community. The group engaged with scholars and local community members, visited significant historical and cultural sites, and practiced reflection about the experiences. Engaging in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, the group had the opportunity to consider ongoing effects of histories of injustice, ways that people and institutions are addressing those injustices, and how those histories are commemorated. In addition to a Conversations about our Scholarly Lives discussion at the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching on April 29, each participant engaged in a project, as described below, to bring back what they had learned.

  • Brian Lozenski (Assistant Professor, Education Studies), Crystal Moten (Assistant Professor, History), and William Hart (Professor, Religious Studies): presentation dialogue on the “Afterlife of Apartheid” at the Nu Skool of Afrikan American Thought, St. Paul, on May 24, 2019, as part of the Nu Skool’s monthly forum, “Topical Lectures on African & African American History, Culture & Issues of Today.”
  • Dan Trudeau (Professor, Geography) planning for two courses: “City Life: Segregation, Integration, Gentrification” and “Political Geography of Nations and Nationalism”; meetings with geographers and planners in Johannesburg for research on New Urbanism in the post-apartheid city
  • Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento (Professor, Theater and Dance): reflections on “social processes in which South Africans have masked and/or continue to mask social inequality, and how institutions of higher education have devised new discourses to counter this historical trend” for departmental conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Getiria Onsongo (Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science): reflections on the entrenchment of “systems of disenfranchisement… [that] can perpetuate existing disparities” for a new module for the “Introduction to Database Management Systems” course. “How decisions they make when designing database systems can lead to negative outcomes. I will introduce a module that will prime students to think critically about biases in their projects and to consider potential negative consequences of their work.”
  • Jessica Pearson (Assistant Professor, History): plans for “1) incorporation of South Africa as a case study in my course ‘History in Action’ about public history and internationalism: a unit on ‘History after Apartheid’…. 2) South Africa as a case study in my manuscript on the history of tourism and decolonization: ways that other states might have discouraged tourism during apartheid. Were there were efforts after 1994 to use tourism as a way to ‘sell’ a post-apartheid South Africa to a broad international community?”
  • Katrina Phillips (Assistant Professor, History): connecting “how settler colonialism worked in the US and how it worked in South Africa… I saw similarities between reservations and townships, and I saw similarities between the forced removal of the majority-black South Africans and the forced removal of countless Native nations in the United States.”
  • Joëlle Vitiello (Professor, French and Francophone Studies): planning around three projects: 1) “A comparative project on memorialization of colonial/apartheid violence that also takes into account how narratives of trauma deal with memory, justice or/and reconciliation, confronting the past to understand the present,” 2) “An essay on the relationships between South African and migrant communities from the francophone African continent and on the relationship of South Africa with the concept ‘Africa’ in the post-apartheid period,” and 3) A personal reflective narrative about being in South Africa at different times.
  • Harry Waters, Jr. (Professor, Theater and Dance): invited to a Lutheran Community Center in the Philippi called iThemba Labantu for a project on  community-based storytelling and performance. Returned the following summer to work with the community to build and tour their production created with and for local communities.
IGC Seminar Series 

Speakers and panels designed to deepen knowledge and foster conversations related to internationalism, multiculturalism, community engagement, and social justice for potential collaborations, classes, and programs. Speakers engage in a variety of ways, including talks, engagement with classes, and conversations with faculty and staff

Equity, Justice, and Difference at Home and Abroad


  • “African Food Systems in Transition and the Triple Burden of Malnutrition,” Jane Battersby, Geography Department, University of California at Los Angeles, Sept. 28, 2017. Organizer: Bill Moseley, Geography. Co-sponsors: Phi Beta Kappa, Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies; the Food, Agriculture & Society, International Development, Urban Studies, and Community & Global Health Concentrations; and the Center for Study Away
  • “Reimagining Engaged Scholarship: Learning From Abolition,” Brittany Lewis (‘09), UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs; Louise Matson, Division of Indian Work; Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies; and Althea Sircar, Political Science, Sept. 27, 2017. Organizers: Althea Sircar, and Brian Lozenski
  • “Hmong Communities in the Midwest at the Crossroads: Memory, History, and Place,” Safoi Babana-Hampton, French Department, University of Michigan, Director, Screenwriter, and producer; panelists Fu Hang, Dr. Yang Dao & Mo Hang, Oct. 17, 2017. Documentary screening and panel discussion. Organizer: Joëlle Vitiello, French and Francophone Studies
  • “Racial Difference and Biological Taxonomy in Early Modern Philosophy,”Justin E. H. Smith, speaker, with panelists Bill Hart, Religious Studies, and Sam Asarnow, Philosophy, April 5, 2018. Organizer: Geoff Gorham, Philosophy
  • “Representing Indigenous Voices: Art, History, and Activism,”Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Artist/Speaker, with panelists Dr. Kate Beane, Minnesota Historical Society; John Little, filmmaker and PhD candidate, University of Minnesota; and Katie Phillips, History, and Moderator Althea Sircar, Political Science, April 18, 2018. Organizers: Katie Phillips, History, and Althea Sircar, Political Science. Co-sponsors: President’s Office, American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, History, Media & Cultural Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Critical Theory Concentration, Department of Multicultural Life, and Proud Indigenous People for Education (PIPE)


  • “Empire’s Other Other: Feminist Disability Studies in Transnational Context,” Nirmala Erevelles, Department of Educational Leadership, Technology, and Policy Studies, University of Alabama, Sept. 25, 2018. Organizer and Moderator: Joan Ostrove, Psychology
  • “More Than a Word,” John Little, Documentary Filmmaker and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota, Nov. 1, 2018. Documentary screening and discussion. Organizer and Conversant: Katie Phillips, History
  • “On Queer Form and its Affectations,”Jade Yumang, Artist, Dec. 4, 2018. Talk accompanying exhibit of Yumang’s work, “Material Futurity,” in the Law Warschaw Gallery. Organizers: Jehra Patrick, Law Warschaw Gallery, and Jody Emmings, Entrepreneurship
  • “Why Capable People Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How You Can Thrive in Spite of It,” Valerie Young, Feb. 25, 2019. Workshop: “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Thrive at Macalester,” focused on issues for Black, Indigenous, and students of color. Organizer: Karin Vélez, Department of History & Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program/Graduate School Exploration Fellowship Faculty Coordinator. Pre-event workshop at a “Talking About Teaching” lunch sponsored by the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching.
  • “Collaborative Research and the Future of Higher Education: Building Diverse Campus-Community Partnerships,” Laura Goldblatt, Engagements Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia; Michael Strayer, Writer, Editor, and Independent Researcher; and Christopher Newfeld, Professor of Literature & American Studies, UC Santa Barbara. Feb. 21, 2019. Workshops: “Bringing Critical University Studies to the Small Liberal Arts College” and “Interpretive Research Outside the Institution: Grassroots Research and Collaborative Study.” Organizer and Moderator: Althea Sircar, Political Science


  • “Female Subjectivities & Technological Dystopias,” Heba Amin, Sept. 11, 2019. Organizer: Jenna Rice Rahaim, International Studies
  • “Necessary Action: Activism and Artistic Practice,” Nicolas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax), Artist, in conversation with Jonathan Herrera Soto, Jim Denomie, and moderator Dyani White Hawk Polk. Sept. 24, 2019. Organizer: Jehra Patrick, Law Warschaw Gallery & Jody Emmings, Entrepreneurship
  • “Restorative Practice,” Troi Bechet, Center for Restorative Approaches, New Orleans, Oct. 9, 2019. Organizers: Ruth Janisch, Annan IGC & Sedric McClure, DML
  • “Why Are Hondurans Fleeing Their Country (and what does or should it have to do with ‘us’?”Megan Krausch, Public Sociologist, Activist, and Writer, Oct. 31, 2019. Organizer: Erika Busse Cárdenas, Sociology & Latin American Studies
  • “Local and Global Identities: Photography and Conversation with Artist Wing Young Huie,” Wing Young Huie, Photographer, Nov. 6, 2019. Organizer: Eily Marlow, Civic Engagement Center
  • “Indigenous Futurism, Expanded Cinema and Traditional Stories. The Coyote Way: Going Back Home,” Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), Filmmaker. Film screening and conversation, Nov. 12, 2019. Organizer: Kiri Sailiata, American Studies
  • “Trans-Indigenous Canoe Work for Indigenous Resurgence: New Research Collaboration Among Pacific Islanders, Dakota Communities, and Socially-Conscious Scholarship in Minisota Makoche and the Western Pacific Islands Region,” Vicente Diaz, American Indian Studies, UMN, Nov. 19, 2019. Organizer: Kiri Sailiata, American Studies


Campus-Wide Speakers

  • Untangling Racial Politics and Ontologies
    • “The Pandemic of Anti-Blackness,” Duchess Harris, American Studies; Bill Hart, Religious Studies; Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies; and Kenjus Watson, SF Build, SFSU, and Education, Occidental College, July 27, 2020. Organizers: Olga González and Donna Maeda, Annan IGC
    • “How Does Race Matter? Anti-Colonial and Anti-Capitalist Struggles Around the Globe,” Karin Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies; Olga González, Anthropology and Annan IGC; Katie Phillips, History; and Kiri Sailiata, American Studies, Aug. 13, 2020. Organizers: Olga González and Donna Maeda, Annan IGC
  • “Youth-led Protests Amid Political Crisis in Peru,” Carmen Ilizarbe, Paolo Sosa, José Vidal, Jhader Aguad, Inka Zulu Collective, Dec. 3, 2020. Organizers: Erika Busse Cárdenas, Sociology and Latin American Studies, and Olga González, Anthropology and Latin American Studies
  • “Social Change as an Act of Liberation and Redemption,” Ruby Sales, Jan. 21, 2021. Organizers: Marjorie Trueblood and Sedric McClure, Department of Multicultural Life
  • “Inclusivity, Equity, and Excellence in Teaching and Evaluating Teaching: A Conversation with Dr. Chavella Pittman,” Chavella Pittman, Jan. 22, 2021; conversation with BIPOC faculty, Feb. 24, 2021. Organizer: Joan Ostrove, Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching
  • “Understanding Authoritarianism in the U.S. and Abroad,” Erik Davis, Religious Studies; Olga González, Anthropology and Annan IGC; Bill Hart, Religious Studies; Lisa Mueller, Political Science, Feb. 17, 2021. Organizers: Olga González and Donna Maeda, Annan IGC

Class/Departmental/Inter-Departmental Speakers

  • DJ Kool Akiem, Harry Waters, Jr., Theater and Dance
  • Asmeret Berhe. Organizer: Devavani Chatterjea, Biology
  • Maxine Burkette. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies
  • Angela Carter. Lisa Gulya, Sociology
  • María Ysabel Cedano García. Erika Busse Cardenas, Sociology
  • Gabrielle Civil. Andrew Billings, French & Francophone Studies
  • Macey Flood. Amy Sullivan, History
  • Duana Fullwiley. Olga González, Anthropology
  • Chelvanaya Gabriel. Devavani Chatterjea, Biology
  • Camile Gaynus. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies
  • Katherine Gerbner. Linda Sturtz, History
  • David González. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies
  • Stanley Griffin. Linda Sturtz, History
  • Janani Hariharan. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies
  • Tish Jones. Harry Waters, Jr., Theater and Dance
  • Jessleen Kanwal. Devavani Chatterjea, Biology
  • Carol Klee. Susanna Blanco Iglesias, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Juan Linares, HACER. Alicia Muñoz, Spanish and Portutuese
  • Sadie Luetmer. John Kim, Media and Cultural. Studies
  • Patrick Martin. Amy Sullivan, History
  • Adi Martínez-Roman. Marla Pérez Lugo, Environmental Studies
  • Donato Ndongo. Molly Olsen, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Amy Nitza. Marla Pérez Lugo, Environmental Studies
  • Jason Noer. Harry Waters, Jr., Theater and Dance
  • Jessica Ortiz. Marla Pérez Lugo, Environmental Studies
  • Samantha Penta. Marla Pérez Lugo, Environmental Studies
  • Anthony Pugh. Harry Waters, Jr., Theater and Dance
  • Yiamar Rivera Matos. Marla Pérez Lugo, Environmental Studies
  • Cecilia Rocha-Carpiuc. Erika Busse Cárdenas, Sociology
  • Bernard Salva. Julie Rogers, French & Francophone Studies
  • Kazuhiro Sekino. Sachiko Dorsey, Japanese
  • Barbara Sutton. Erika Busse Cárdenas, Sociology
  • SJ Tumber-Davila. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies
  • Cecilio’s speakers
Facilitation / Intergroup Dialogue

2018-2019: Intergroup Dialogue Process with facilitators Dr. Kenjus Watson and Dr. Anna Yeakley. IGD Retreat in Jan. 2019, 3 visits by the facilitators, with interim meetings facilitated by Marjorie Trueblood, DML, and Donna Maeda, Annan IGC. The group worked through different experiences and attitudes around race, gender, and other differences, as well as questions related to relationships to indigeneity and land. The group also engaged around issues related to faculty and staff positions, including dynamics of power and privilege. Participants:

  • Karín Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies
  • Julie Dolan, Political Science
  • Cari Gillen-O’Neel, Psychology
  • Jason Jackson, Lealtad-Suzuki Center, DML
  • Ruth Janisch, Civic Engagement Center, Annan IGC
  • Lesley Lavery, Political Science
  • Donna Maeda, Annan IGC and American Studies
  • Sedric McClure, DML
  • Carol Mejia, DML
  • Arthur Mitchell, Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Tegra Myanna, Lealtad-Suzuki Center, DML
  • Joan Ostrove, Psychology
  • Shilad Sen, MSCS
  • Kelly Stone, Chaplain, CRSL
  • Marjorie Trueblood, DML
  • Aliya Vajid, CRSL
  • Kenjus Watson, facilitator
  • Anna Yeakley, facilitator


  • Harry Waters, Jr., cross-institution facilitator training workshop participant
  • Anna Yeakley, facilitator
  • Teresa Graham Brett, facilitator
Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research

Summer 2018

  • “Unicorn Riot Interview Project, Telling Community Stories.” Faculty: Jacqueline Schiappa, Serie Center. Student: Madeline Schmitt
  • “Discourses on Religious Violence and Co-Existence in India.” Faculty: Jenna Rice Rahaim,  International Studies. Student: Kamil Ali

Summer 2019

  • “Expanding the Canon: Women in Modern Philosophy.” Faculty: Geoff Gorham, Philosophy. Student: Katia Sievert
  • “Following Young Social Entrepreneurs as They Age.” Faculty: Tina Kruse, Educational Studies. Student: Joselyn Angeles
  • “Engaging Americans for Climate Action: The Role of Identity and Efficacy.” Faculty: Christy Manning, Environmental Studies. Student: Laura Botero, Lidja Namke
  • “Farmer’s Markets and Food Stamps: To Dance or Not to Dance.” Faculty: Bill Moseley, Geography. Student: Sophia Alhadeff
  • “Liberal Labor, Conservative Culture, and Pragmatic Proletariat: 100 Years of Tension on Minnesota’s Iron Range.” Faculty: Laura Smith, Geography. Student: Benjamin Trumble
  • “Illustrating Grenzenlos Deutsch: Creating Original Artwork to Represent a Diverse, Inclusive German-Language Curriculum.” Faculty: Megan Vossler, Art & Art History. Students: Marissa Mohammed, Phoebe Mol

Summer 2020

  • “‘Hagamos la pelea cueste lo que cueste’: The Mass Mobilizations of Student Unions Against the State in Chile.” Faculty: Erika Busse Cardenas, Sociology. Student: Gabi Estrada
  • “Hip Pop in China: A Platform for Power Struggles.” Faculty: I-Chun Catherine Chang, Geography. Student: Yuequn Dexter Deng
  • “School and Family Approaches to Inequality and Race.” Faculty: Cari Gillen O’Neel, Psychology. Student: Vicki Vargas Castro
  • “Editing the ‘Breuissima relación de la destruction de las Indias (1552).’” Faculty: Cynthia Kauffeld, Spanish & Portuguese. Students: Jacky James, Lily Jenssen, Malyn Banitt-Moore, Osmar del Rio

Summer 2021

  • “Beyond the Blue Wall: Police Views on Police Reform.” Faculty: Ron Barrett, Anthropology. Student: Miram Kleit
  • “Blocks4All: Expanding to Work with Switch Control.” Lauren Milne, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. Students: Haris Ahmed, Amanda Jackson
  • “Counting the Twin Cities: Assessing Gender and Race Representation in Our Dance and Theater Company.” Faculty: Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, Theater and Dance, and Brianna Heggeseth, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. Students: Aidan Endo, Maya Reddy