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.
To gain access and learn more, complete the Leadership and Pre-Orientation Program Interest Form in your portal . Once you select your programs of interest, the applications will appear.If you are not interested in a Leadership or Pre-Orientation Program, select “I am not interested in Leadership or Pre-Orientation programs at Macalester.”
The Ametrica Program started in 2010 with a purpose to promote dialogue, intercultural sensitivity, and friendship between first year domestic and international students. It is a program of Macalester’s International Student Programs (ISP) and is facilitated by a small, diverse group of returning students. The format changes every year, but always includes weekly conversations and activities in the Twin Cities and beyond!
The Bonner Community Scholars Program is a four-year civic engagement program providing leadership programming, academic support, engagement opportunities and a social network. All first year students are welcome to apply and 12 new participants are selected each year. To be eligible, participants must have work-study as part of their financial aid package and a demonstrated commitment to community involvement. First generation college students, Minnesota residents, and students who have participated in college access programs (eg. Upward Bound, College Possible, AVID, TRIO, etc) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Emerging Scholars (ESP) is a program that assists historically underrepresented students during their transition to college as they are entrenched in the important intellectual project of becoming a scholar and prepare students for future opportunities for study abroad/study away, internships, fellowships/scholarships, and admittance to graduate and professional programs.
The Lives of Commitment Program is a first year program for students passionate about getting involved in the community and engaging in meaningful dialogue about what is most important to them, be that social justice, ethical practice or religious commitments. The program is open to 35 first-year students interested in service and reflection on what it takes to lead a life of commitment.
Macalester Pathways is a first-year program for students who want a jumpstart on their college education and a “peek behind the curtain” to learn how college really works and thereby enhance their own chance for academic success and forge new relationships that will sustain them throughout their four years on campus. Fourteen highly motivated students will come to Macalester ten days prior to Orientation to meet, and work together with classmates, professors, and those who make Macalester run; and then participate in a First Year Course through the fall semester that is linked to the Mac Paths program.
The Macward Bound program allows new students to develop social support systems, self-awareness and confidence in an outdoor environment by offering outdoor trips for all skill levels. Trained upperclass Macalester students lead the groups, provide mentorship, and facilitate conversations about transitioning to college and Macalester while exploring the Superior Hiking Trail. Participants create lasting bonds with fellow first year students while learning about teamwork, reflection, and environmental sustainability.
The Pluralism & Unity Program (P&U) is for first-year students who wish to deepen their understanding, commitment and engagement with issues of social justice. Through dialogues, and experiential roundtables, students will explore and learn about their social identities, understand privilege, oppression and power, build strong and effective relationships within and across difference, and reflect on ways to effectively work for social justice.
The deadline to apply for Leadership and Pre-Orientation Programs is Monday, June 26, 2017.
Feel free to post questions on the Mac2021 Facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.696.6842.
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