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.
Growing up in the Dallas suburbs, Matt Butler ’12 (Southlake, Texas) wasn’t politically active. Now, less than three years after enrolling at Macalester, Butler co-chairs its Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) chapter, has worked as an election judge, and pitched in for Get Out the Vote campaigns.
IMAGINE BEING DROPPED into the middle of a South American country with a week to make your way to four remote villages, find housing and food in them for volunteers, meet the decision leaders, and determine each community’s major need.
Macalester College 6th in Placing Peace Corps Volunteers
For the sixth year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationally producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 22 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 6 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities (tied with Johns Hopkins), moving up from No. 7 in 2010, and No. 9 two years ago.
Kaitlyn Arctander in Russia
I spent the summer working as a volunteer at a children’s camp in the Russian countryside. I taught English classes and worked as a counselor at a camp called Computeria—a technology camp.
Global Model United Nations
In August, two Macalester students, Anja Crowder '13 and Yiting Wang '12, were invited to attend the Global Model United Nations conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference, sponsored by the United Nations, brings together a select group of students from around the world to learn about global issues by acting in the role of diplomats who must negotiate with other countries to achieve a goal or develop resolutions on a specific issue.
Banking on Experience
Investment banking in New York—capital markets, leveraged buyouts, mathematical modeling. Course concepts quickly become the realities of daily life when, like three Mac seniors, you are investment banking summer interns in New York.
In the Philippines
Two months ago, I completed my study abroad in Nanjing, China. Since then, I have spent time in the Philippines working on an island where the most important industry is sugarcane and sugar. I have been volunteering on a small farm.
Obesity & the Minnesota State Fair
In this episode of Macalester Talks, Professor Jaine Strauss talks about what makes overeating at certain festivities, such as the state fair, seem ok. Strauss is chair of the Psychology Department. Her research focuses on body image, eating disorders, mood and conceptions of self.
Soham Banerji ’10
Soham Banerji '10 was one of 50 student micro-finance leaders chosen from around the world to attend the Africa-Middle East Regional Micro-Credit Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
Live it Fund
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?
Cecilia Angela Martinez-Miranda '13 is co-founder of an NGO that addresses poverty in the Philippines.
Notes From Nicaragua
Jennifer Wichmann '06 serves as an English teaching volunteer in the Peace Corps.
Student Kaitlin Roh '12 interned at PACER Center, which helps families who have children with disabilities
World Cup Soccer Camp
Live It Fund recipient Danny Calderon '11 envisioned a program that would reach out to young people and teach them about the wider world they are a part of through the global sport of soccer.
Sharmila Raghunandan ’10 found rising suicide rates correlated with rising unemployment rates in one Minnesota county.