To empower students with opportunities to serve the common good through community engagement, collective learning, and leadership and professional development.
In 2008, the College of Saint Benedict received an anonymous gift to establish the Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program. Ten to twelve students with varying majors, interests, and experience are selected through an application and interview process to be part of a cohort of Jackson Fellows. Each Fellow serves at a community site for the summer. All fellowships involve civic engagement and work devoted to improving community life. The diversity of the site placements and the type of work and leadership required from each Jackson Fellow serves to create a rich, vibrant, and holistic learning environment.
Front row (left to right): Sinloria Macrae, Daniela Mejia, Dale Larson (Friend of Jackson Fellows), Mary Catherine Steenberge , Paige Merwin, Kaitlyn Ludlow, Stacey Guzman, & Gabrielle Harvey. Back row (left to right): Angie Schmidt Whitney (Co-Director), Morgan Thole, Morgan Durbin, Matthew Burgstahler, William Harren, Lincoln Mullings, & Matt Lindstrom (Co-Director).
Civic Engagment Sites:
Matthew Burgstahler: WellShare International
Morgan Durbin: Will Steger Wilderness Center
Stacey Guzman: Restorative Justice and Community Action
William Harren: Minneapolis Impact Hub
Gabrielle Harvey: Christian Cupboard
Kaitlyn Ludlow: Brookings Boys & Girls Club
Sinloria Macrae: Legal Rights Center
Daniella Mejia: Legal Aid
Paige Merwin: Children's Museum of South Dakota
Lincoln Mullings: Be the Match
Mary Catherine Steenberge: MORE
Morgan Thole: Early Learning Center (United Living Community)