The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) provides opportunities for students to engage, explore, and enhance their leadership capacity. By offering a variety of workshops, mentorship opportunities, trainings, and events, OSLE supports students throughout all stages and experiences in their leadership development. Drawing on the Social Change Model, we maintain that leadership is a skill that can be learned and developed over time. Furthermore, we view leadership as a process rather than a position, and believe that all students have the ability to affect positive change.
Regardless of where you are in your leadership journey, we are committed to developing co-curricular experiences that advance your leadership capacity both in and beyond Macalester.
Student Leadership Opportunities
Each year, OSLE hires students to serve in leadership positions that support our Orientation and Macward Bound programs.
Orientation Leaders (OLs) serve a vital role in the transition of our incoming students from their previous environment to the diverse academic, intellectual, and social culture of Macalester. These student role models provide reassurance, impartially help students make their own decisions, encourage involvement in campus life, share experiences, build Mac’s community of respect, and provide information about campus resources and services. View the position description and 2020 hiring timeline for more information.
The Orientation Coordinators (OCs) play an integral role in the creation of a welcoming environment for new students and their families as they transition into the Macalester College community. The OCs assist with the planning, implementation, and coordination of all orientation events. View the position description and 2019 hiring timeline for more information.
The Macward Bound pre-orientation program offers incoming first year students an opportunity to go on hiking trips along the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota. Macward Bound leaders are current Macalester students with diverse areas of interests, experiences and perspectives chosen to lead the hiking trips, teach outdoor skills, and introduce first years to college and life at Macalester. Access the application and view the 2019 hiring timeline here.
The Macward Bound Coordinator plays an integral role in the creation of a welcoming environment for new students as they transition into Macalester. Macward Bound exists to provide core groups in which new students will experience supportive community, open communication, relationship building, and teamwork in an experiential outdoor environment. Access the application and view the 2019 hiring timeline here.
Student Org Leader Trainings
The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement hosts a variety of trainings and workshops focused on student organization management and leadership development. Explore student org trainings opportunities
OSLE provides meaningful educational opportunities through student employment. Student staff are an integral part of the daily operations of our office. Student staff positions include: OSLE Office Assistants, a Gear Manager, and a Program Board Office Manager.
Leadership Program – Coming Soon
OSLE is excited to launch a new Leadership Development Program. Stay tuned for more information!