Marah Jacobson-Schulte has served as the Coordinator of Service Learning at the College of Saint Benedict and our partner institution, Saint John’s University, since 2007. She has transformed service learning from a minor program that supported a small number of class projects to a thriving center of service learning and civic engagement activities that served more than 500 students and 50 community partners last semester, from local Boys and Girls Clubs to orphanages near our study abroad sites in South Africa and India. Marah has partnered with faculty to ensure all service learning projects meet the student learning outcomes for the new experiential learning requirement of our Common Curriculum, ensuring that service learning is deeply integrated with student learning.
Marah also oversaw the successful launch and development of our innovative Jackson Fellows program which supports students for full-time community service throughout the summer. She has served as co-director of the program since its inception in 2008. Under Marah’s leadership CSB has also launched the Bonner Leader Program, supported by the Bonner Foundation, which promotes a service and civic engagement curriculum of volunteer, leadership, and community-based research.
Marah’s creativity, energy, and dedication have made civic engagement a vibrant part of the CSB/SJU campus community. I am honored to nominate her for the Civic Engagement Steward Award.