•  Student Leader Application


    Catalyst Student Leaders

    Applications for the upcoming 2015 spring were due on September 7th. 


    Catalyst uses service to investigate questions of justice and community.


    11-13 people attend each Catalyst trip, this includes 1-2 student leaders, 8-10 Hamline student participants, and a Catalyst Colleague. The Catalyst Colleague is a staff person will attend the trip to help support the student leaders and take over in the event of an emergency. Margot Howard will arrange for all lodging, transportation, large group orientation, large group reunion, and training of leaders.

    2015 Sites and Topics


    Lead Focus: Homelessness
    Intersecting focuses may include: politics, hunger, racial justice, women’s rights, and more.


    Lead Focus: Urban Food Justice
    Intersecting focuses may include: racial justice, poverty, the gardening movement, youth, and more.


    Lead Focus: Hurricane relief
    Intersecting focuses may include:poverty, homelessness, youth, interfaith work, racial justice, and more.


    Lead Focus: Queer Communities
    Intersecting focuses may include: poverty, homelessness, racial justice, food justice, youth, inclusive religious communities and more.  


    Lead Focus: Immigrant and Refugee Populations
    Intersecting focuses may include: Domestic violence, sexual assault, poverty, law, English language learning, human trafficking, etc.
    *Leaders have already been selected for this trip.


    • Be currently enrolled for the entire 2014-2015 year
    • Be in good academic and judicial standing. *By submitting this application, you allow Wesley Center staff to verify this information.
    • Attend all Catalyst leader meetings/trainings (about 1-2 per month) beginning the week of September 15th.
    • Attend and assist in facilitation of large group orientation and reflection, all day February 2nd.
    • Attend the leader retreat over fall break.


    • Arrange logistics for your trip (service opportunities, meals, and social justice education components).
    • Plan and execute pre-trip meetings at least once a month for your group.
    • Plan and execute a pre-trip and post-trip service opportunity for your small group.
    • Organize fund raising with your group.
    • Lead a group of 8-10 Hamline students through a spring break service and social justice trip.
    • Be responsible for team building with your small group.
    • Lead at least one reflection each day of the trip.
    • Assist with communication among group and between Wesley Center and group.
    • Assist with selecting and recruiting group members.
    • Attend the orientation with your group.
    • Know and follow emergency procedure, policies, including no drugs or alcohol.
    • Serve as an official Hamline representative to the site.
    • Distribute and collect group evaluations after the trip.
    • Upon return to Hamline, organize a group presentation about your experience.
    • * Each trip may or may not have a co-leader


    • Attend your Catalyst trip at no cost.
    • Attend a student leader retreat in the fall at no cost.
    • Support students in their journey to ‘Be the Change’.
    • Gain leadership skills and skills to effectively work with community partners.
    • Make a difference in the Hamline, local, state, and national communities.
    • Learn more about yourself within a service and social justice-centered leadership experience