A unique opportunity for Macalester students to put their ideas into action
During the six-month fellowship, fellows participate in a spring semester Political Science seminar focused on analyzing and addressing community-based issues. That summer, fellows receive a $6,000 stipend to complete a full-time, on-site project at a community-based organization to implement the recommendations developed in the spring.
Only 12 fellows—who must be either sophomores or juniors—are selected each year.
About the Chuck Green Fellowship
In his 40-year teaching career at Macalester College, Professor Chuck Green functioned as a one-man ‘leadership academy’ for many students, inspiring and guiding them to make the transition from detached observers to engaged citizens. Through his teaching, mentoring and by example, Professor Green instilled in his students a sense of confidence to engage proactively in the world. He believed that liberal arts students are uniquely equipped to work with social change organizations because they bring a variety of skills, immense passion and the flexibility to work in many settings. The Chuck Green Endowed Fund for Civic Engagement, created by former Chuck Green students, enables current Macalester students to follow in the philosophy of Professor Green.
Spring Seminar and Summer Civic Engagement Project
The Civic Engagement Fellowship enables students to put their ideas into action. Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply for this six-month fellowship that includes a spring seminar and a funded, full-time summer field experience of their choosing. Each spring, 12 students are selected as Chuck Green fellows and participate in a unique seminar shaped by the fellows themselves along with the facilitating professor. They will study democratic engagement in social and organizational change and identify a client organization that is involved in the Twin Cities urban political landscape. The fellow will analyze and address an area of specific interest to them, and then in the full-time summer work with that client, implement a mutually agreed-upon solution, supported by a $6,000 stipend. Rather than a standard internship, the student will work with the organization in a consultant-client relationship, living out Chuck Green’s belief in the knowledge and abilities of students. The fellowship both fulfills the Political Science Practicum Requirement and also counts as an intermediate class for the major.
About Chuck Green
Chuck Green joined the Macalester College faculty in 1965 with a BA from Augustana College and an MA and PhD from the University of Illinois. His research and consulting are in organizational studies (with emphasis on decision-making and decision support systems), science technology policy and education policy. He received the college’s Thomas Jefferson Award for teaching and related contributions in 1981, and he received the Teaching Excellence Award in 1997. He served as the Political Science Department chair for 10 years.
Learn, lead, engage the community: a legendary teacher inspires a fellowship for students that strongly resembles a Chuck Green class. (left: a bobble head of Green was made for a banquet honoring him.)