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Students conducting interviews as part of the Rondo history project.

Civic Engagement

It starts here

Making a difference starts in the Twin Cities. At Macalester, the Community Engagement Center is a hub dedicated to connecting students, faculty, and community partners who collaborate on community-based scholarship and service for a more just and sustainable community.


community partners located within 5 miles of campus


of 2019 graduates participated in some type of community engagement during their time at Macalester


Courses taught by 45 professors spanning 22 academic departments have a community engagement component

Students looking at Downtown Minneapolis from an observation deck.
The Twin Cities

The power of proximity

Macalester’s long-standing community partners and local alums offer students numerous opportunities to participate in the local community through community-based learning experiences and reciprocal relationships. Students apply what they learn in the classroom to make a positive impact on our community.

Macalester student interviewing a Rondo resident.
Explore community projects

Remembering Rondo

History department faculty and students joined with Rondo Avenue, Inc., for a neighborhood “History Harvest Celebration” to create a digital archive of artifacts from Rondo, St. Paul’s historically African American neighborhood that was divided by interstate highway construction in the 1960s.