Civic identity means…
- Developing deep self-knowledge
- Perceiving yourself as part of a community(ies)
- Considering your own role and responsibilities in your community(ies)
We ask: What can Oles do to make a positive impact in our community?
Then we see it through, using what we’re learning in the classroom to devise and implement real-world solutions.
Students take an ACE course each year
Of students take an ACE course by the time they graduate
Community partners engage in ACE courses each year
National research and studies of St. Olaf students show that benefits include greater self-awareness, increased self-efficacy, and increased ability to apply academic knowledge to achieve community goals. Other benefits include becoming better able to communicate with a wider variety of people who are different from yourself, such as in age, culture, or socioeconomic status.
The community benefits in myriad ways that depend on the project’s goals. Project goals are determined by a combination of community needs and learning outcomes of the course. Students have created valuable products such as marketing plans, grant proposals, statistical analyses, public art, and educational materials, to name a few. Other examples of benefits to the community include service-related help such as tutoring, wellness improvement, and enrichment experiences.
Watch this video of students in Mary Carlsen’s directed undergraduate research ACE course, “Living and Dying: Explorations with Young Adults” from Spring 2019 about the work they did with Honoring Choices MN and the impact the course had on them.