How can we harness the energy and connections that define our moment and place in global historical processes to ensure that all of us flourish?

The Institute for Global Citizenship Student Council created the Live It Fund to empower our peers to embrace the core values of Macalester. Academic Excellence. Multiculturalism. Internationalism. Civic Engagement. How do we draw from these to live global citizenship?

In designing the Live It Fund we pooled social and financial resources that would facilitate living definitions of global citizenship on our campus and in the wider world. Through an application process, we asked students to define global citizenship and propose a project that would enable them to live it. As usual, Macalester students rose to the challenge.

Twenty-one proposals from twenty-seven students were submitted containing dozens of partnering organizations and projects from St. Paul to Seattle to Cambodia. Over $120,000 were requested to pursue global citizenship in the fund’s inaugural year.

Now it is time to Live It.

The IGC Student Council chose six projects that will take form this summer. These projects span the world, connecting Macalester to myriad communities, near and far.

MACALESTER WORLD CUP SOCCER CAMP

Danny Calderon ‘11

Calderon envisions a program that reaches out to young people and teaches them about the wider world they are a part of through soccer.

More about Calderon’s project.

B.R.E.A.K.I.N (Bringing Real Education to At-Risk Kids in Impoverished Neighborhoods)

James “Flo” Zhou ‘13, Ty Hong ‘13, Stephen Peyton ‘13, Mary Pheng ‘13

Their Project B.R.E.A.K.I.N strives to support and improve the facilties and capacity of a youth center in Cambodia that brings education to the disenfranchised youth through Hip Hop culture and breakdancing.

More about their project.

¡SI SE PUEDE! THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AMONG MIGRANT FARM WORKERS

Marichel Mejia ‘11

Mejia will intern with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and assist them in organizing migrant farm workers in their campaign for workers’ rights.

More about Mejia’s project.

DAKOTA BIRTHRIGHT

Terence Steinberg ‘11

Steinberg’s project involves a canoe trip that invites members of all generations living in the Santee Sioux and Crow Creek Reservations of Nebraska and South Dakota to join in the voyage back to their homeland.

More about Steinberg’s project.

DRAFTING AN AMENDMENT FOR THE BUDGET LAW IN CHINA

Robert Woo ‘12

Through his Live It Project, Woo is organizing a summit in his native China that reviews the country’s budgetary law and facilitates the drafting of a new one.

More about Woo’s project.

ACCESS COLLEGE

Jonas Buck ‘13

Buck’s project will consist of an informational movie about the college application process that will be made widely available through the Internet.

More about Buck’s project.

Zhou is part of Macalester’s Davis United World College Scholars.

July 30 2010

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