Leadership and Pre-Orientation Programs are an excellent way to start your college experience, meet other incoming students, and begin forming connections and community. These opportunities are listed below.
Applications for Leadership and Pre-Orientation Programs are available in the New Student Portal beginning May 21, 2019. Applications must be received by Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM (CST). Please note that the application deadline for the Bonner Community Scholars Program is Monday, June 24, 2019 at noon (12:00 PM) CST.
Ametrica promotes dialogue, intercultural sensitivity, and friendship among first-year international and domestic students. Ametricans (both international and domestic) participate in Pre-Orientation for International Students, which takes place before New Student Orientation, and attend weekly group meetings and occasional off-campus activities. Weekly meetings are centered around small group conversations on a range of topics; examples include family, peace, current events, law and order, economics, health, race and love. Participants are also assigned a peer mentor as an additional link to the Macalester and International Student Programs communities.
Bonner Community Scholars Program is a four-year civic engagement opportunity providing leadership programming, academic support, and a social network for Macalester students, many of whom are the first in their families to go to college. Being a Bonner Scholar involves a commitment not only to service, but also to learning how to be an effective change agent for our campus, community and beyond. Twelve first-year students are admitted each year with priority given to first-generation college students. Please note that the application deadline for the Bonner Community Scholars Program is June 24, 2019 at noon (12:00 PM) CST.
Emerging Scholars Program is a peer mentor program designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented students at Macalester who are selected to participate in and receive opportunities for study abroad/away, internships, fellowships, and scholarships, and to increase their application and admittance to graduate and professional schools.
Lives of Commitment is for students wanting to get involved in the Twin Cities and build a strong community with other first years who are passionate about creating social change. Students volunteer weekly in small groups teaching English to immigrants and refugees or tutoring a child. Participants gather regularly for meaningful dialogue about their community work and to explore their larger life commitments through group dinners and smaller reflection circles.
Macward Bound is a 5 day, 4 night student-led hiking and backpacking pre-orientation program. The mission is to provide shared outdoor adventure experiences in which new students will develop social support systems, self-awareness, and confidence while simultaneously challenging and supporting students of all cultures and backgrounds. Macward Bound promotes lasting bonds among students, emphasizes teamwork and flexibility, practices environmental sustainability, and eases the transition into college life.
Pluralism and Unity Program’s mission is to create a community of first year students committed to exploring and understanding issues of race, sexuality, gender, leadership, social justice and multiculturalism in a global context. The goals are to create a purposeful and guided out-of-classroom experience related to identity exploration and multiculturalism, build strong and effective relationships with a diverse peer group and to develop a sub-culture of students with an understanding of socially pertinent issues and the ability to engage in productive dialogue about these issues.