Civic Engagement

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Civic Engagement Quick Facts

  • Community Service Hours: 76,416 last year
  • More than 90 percent of Macalester students participate in some form of community-based learning opportunity before they graduate
  • 50 Macalester classes in 21 departments incorporated community-based learning

Civic Leadership Programs

The Bonner Community Scholars program is an opportunity for selected students, many of them first-generation college students, to earn their work-study funds participating in a series of service, leadership, and community-building activities over their four years at Macalester.

The Lives of Commitment program engages a select group of first-year students in intentional reflection on issues of social justice, ethical and spiritual commitments, and the integration of one’s values with work. Participants engage in regular service with several community partners, and visit various community sites, meeting and learning about immigrant communities and issues.

Off-campus Student Employment allows students to earn their financial aid awards while working at local nonprofit organiza- tions or elementary schools with which the college has a partnership. Students meet together monthly for collective learning and discussion.

Davis Peace Project

Winner of one of this year's Davis Projects for Peace grants, Rayanatou Laouali ’12, discusses her project to bring economic agency and sustainability to impoverished female peanut oil laborers in Niger. By increasing their productivity and setting up a community fund she hopes to help the women earn more and enable their children to go to school instead of working.

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Student Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Mac Cares (Mac Conservation and Renewable Energy Society)
  • Macalester Development Group (MDG)
  • Macalester Peace and Justice Committee (MPJC)
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