If we want to maintain that internationalism and global citizenship is more engrained at Macalester than other places, our strategy for it must continually evolve.
We have started already by establishing the Institute for Global Citizenship and a number of concentrations in areas such as public health, human rights, and international development.
Out of Macalester's 40 peer schools, 20 now state in their mission a commitment to internationalism and/or global citizenship. Other institutions are catching up to our historic commitment to these values.
What will make Macalester distinctive from that group—and how do we stay in front?
A global community. This year, international students make up 15 percent of Macalester's student body, representing 89 countries. In the years ahead, we must stay connected to our mission by maintaining both a large and diverse population of international students.
Bright lights, big city. Right now, over 60 courses at Macalester connect the classroom to our metropolitan location, an increasingly diverse community where more than 80 languages are spoken. Our off-campus connections will grow and expand as we form new partnerships with organizations and businesses.
Worldwide paths. Sixty percent of Mac students study away for a semester or more, and last year 285 students studied in 57 countries. In the future, students will have more opportunities to incorporate internships and civic engagement into their time away.