Macalester’s Mellon Curricular Pathways initiative integrates civic engagement across the curriculum and engages the College’s mission of internationalism, multiculturalism, and service. Four concentrations—Human Rights and Humanitarianism (HRH), Community and Global Health (CGH), Urban Studies (US), and Global Citizenship (GC)—require student community engagement in research and/or core courses. Directed by community-engaged faculty, Curricular Pathways supports the creation of new courses, student/faculty research collaborations, faculty development seminars and campus-wide events that encourage inquiry across disciplines.
Student experiences best illustrate the profound effects of these concentrations, which are popular on campus. One example: In 2010, Central Chile experienced an earthquake while a Macalester student who was concentrating in Community and Global Health was studied traditional medicine and community empowerment in the northern half of the country. She shadowed doctors and nurses throughout Chile and Peru to learn about the traditional medicine of the Aymara and Mapuche people, participating in service projects wherever she went and completed an independent study project about hospital accessibility. This is one example of how the faculty and staff leadership in the Mellon Curricular Pathways initiative has supported civic engagement locally, nationally, and internationally.