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 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 nine fellowships involve civic engagement and work devoted to improving community life through political or non-political service activities. 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): Angie Schmidt Whitney (Co-Director), Meg Schrafft, Bao Yang, Maggie Ellis, Jackie Liska, & Victoria Beach. Back row (left to right): Theresa Farrell, Diana Elhard, Gary Eichten (Minnesota Public Radio), Matt Lindstrom (Co-Director), Michelle Hansmann, Jacob Shawback, & Sadie Vahle.
Civic Engagement Sites:
Victoria Beach - Early Learning Center of Brookings, SD
Diana Elhard - MORE Multicultural Empowerment
Maggie Ellis - Children's Museum of South Dakota
Theresa Farrell - United Way of Central Minnesota
Michelle Hansmann - Catholic Charities, Minneapolis
Jackie Liska - Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, SD
Meg Schrafft - Birthline
Jacob Shawback - Kim Hunter & Associates
Sadie Vahle - 360 Communities
Bao Yang - Hmong American Partnership