It’s not enough to equip students with degrees; it’s our responsibility to help students think critically and creatively, and beyond what they thought possible. This means a renewed emphasis on career preparation and development, entrepreneurial skill-building, and creative spaces that let students push their minds and bodies as far as they wish.
Among the key program priorities outlined in our strategic plan that program support will cover are:
The opening of the new theater/classroom building, featuring expanded studios, updated technology, a flexible theater space, and 11 flexible classrooms that physically link arts and sciences through a skyway to Olin-Rice. The space, which opened in January 2019, provides Macalester with a new home for the performing arts. In addition, it alleviates pressure on classroom space through flexible classrooms with resources for many teaching styles and pedagogical techniques.
Endowed funds to support the Career Development Center (CDC) to ensure broader access to otherwise unpaid summer internships, and allow the CDC staff to build more robust and integrated programming including: student alumni networking, mentorship programs, and a new career development curriculum. As we strengthen our focus on deep career development and internships, we’re striving for a college-wide, integrated emphasis that leads students through a progression of programming during their academic career at Macalester, not just their senior year.
Endowed funds to fuel the growth of our Entrepreneurship program which challenges students to solve real-world problems and embeds them in area start-ups, nonprofits, and corporations. At Macalester, entrepreneurship isn’t an isolated course. It’s a belief that no matter what students study, an understanding of entrepreneurship can activate their liberal arts experience, equipping them with skills to take risks, learn, grow, and create solutions, all with a supportive community behind them.