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 What Macalester Students Are Working On

As one of MPIRG’s original campuses, MacPIRG has been going strong since 1971 teaching students the skills they need to effect positive change in their communities.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness // Macalester’s AHH taskforce partnered closely with The Family Place this year.  After putting on a successful Spare Change for Social Change event to raise funds for The Family Place, MPIRG students began to regularly volunteer with the organization.  In the Fall, the AHH taskforce put on a Hunger Banquet joined with the Empty Bowls Project that raised over $1,000 for The Family Place.  In the spring, MPIRG students met with local elected officials to encourage responsible policy making around affordable housing and homelessness issues.

MacPIRG students at the Hunger Banquet which was done in partnership with the Empty Bowls Project. Students raised over $1,000 for The Family Place.

Democracy // Macalester MPIRG students helped to register young voters across the Twin Cities, partnered with nearby campuses to educate first time voters about the voting process, and held a candidate forum on campus.  In addition to voter registration efforts, Macalester students also participated in the Get out the Vote campaign.  On Election Day, students encouraged their peers to vote, helped run poll-line efforts to discourage voter intimidation and keep people waiting in lines entertained with games and food. 

MacPIRG students host a candidate debate between State Representative candidates Erin Murphy and Meg Ferber at Macalester College.

Environment / Detox Minnesota! // The Macalester MPIRG Environmental Taskforce participated in both the Detox Minnesota Campaign and the Clean Cars Campaign.  In the spring they attended the Clean Car Lobby Day at the Minnesota state capitol and partnered with area businesses to host a Clean Car show for the local community.  MPIRG students also helped collect over 200 postcards asking their representatives to support the phase-out of Bisphenol-A (BPA) from children’s products.  The Environment Taskforce also participated in several service projects including a River Clean-up along the banks of the Mississippi.

Affordable Higher Education // After forming a coalition with the student government, various academic departments, the library, and the Macalester bookstore, MPIRG students hosted educational forums about the costs of higher education, developed a plan for a more effective library-reserve program, and petitioned several publishing companies to stop selling bundled books. 

MacPIRG student leadership getting ready for the year.

Fair Trade // The Macalester MPIRG Fair Trade taskforce worked closely with Bon Appétit to bring fair trade bananas to campus as well as establish an action plan to buy more bulk fair trade ingredients such as cocoa and sugar.  In the Fall, students put on a Fair Trade Caf night were most ingredients were used in the meals being served were either local, organic or fair trade. 

What’s Next? // This coming year, Macalester MPIRG students will be working on issues such as health care, gender & sexuality initiatives, the environment, social justice, and democracy.   

Macalester Intro Meeting - Come One, Come All!

Wednesday, September 30 from 10 - 11 p.m

To get involved, contact the MacPIRG student leaders at 

Skills Training: Tuesday, 9:30 - 10 p.m., Campus Center 215
Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, 10 p.m., Campus Center 215

St. Paul Campus Organizer
Ian Kantonen, ext. 304,



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