• Signature Programs

    Catalyst Alternative Spring Break Trips

    Catalyst trips use direct service to investigate questions of social justice and community in locations around the country. These trips are designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in community service projects over spring break. Each trip is led by student leads and supported by staff resource persons.  Learn more.

    Community Service Advising

    We offer support for students and/or student organizations who seek to engage in community service. Stop by the Wesley Center or schedule an appointment to learn more about community partners and community service opportunities. We encourage you to meet with the Coordinator of Civic Engagement, Kevin Yang. Browse our list of current volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities area.

    Hamline to Hamline Collaboration

    The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is an over 125 year relationship between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University. University students can volunteer through a variety of opportunities. For example, the Hand in Hand volunteer program pairs Hamline University students with Hamline Elementary students to provide mentorship at the elementary school. Learn more.

    Hamline Votes

    We run an initiative to get students out and voting each time there is a major upcoming election. Get prepared for the election: learn how to register and locate your polling place. Learn more.

    LEAP into St. Paul

    LEAP into St. Paul is an annual orientation program that introduces the special relationship Hamline University has to its surrounding communities through a morning of community engagement during orientation. First year seminar groups travel to off-campus sites and volunteer while learning more about the communities that live and work in our nearby neighborhoods. Learn more.

    Love Boldly

    Love Boldly is a Minnesota United Methodist Church campaign for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in response to the decisions made by the global United Methodist Church. As a Methodist affiliated institution, Hamline and the Wesley Center is working to institutionalize the Love Boldly campaign into our campus framework to put into action the “do no harm” legacy championed by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement. As of Fall 2019, we have been fortunate to welcome a Love Boldly student staff member, first-year Emily Hilderbrand, to the Wesley Center team. Love Boldly student organization meetings are monthly, and the next one will be on December 4th. For more details, email loveboldly@hamline.edu. Learn more.

    Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought

    This annual endowed lecture series hosts progressive religious scholars and spiritual leaders for several days of teaching and conversations so students may engage with them on a personal level. Learn more.

    McVay Youth Partnership

    An after-school program in which Hamline students serve as mentors and role models working with urban middle and high school youth three afternoons per week in partnership with area churches and community centers. Fellows, Associates, and Interns provide homework help, lead theme-based programming, recreation, cooking, music, and crafts. Learn more.

    Religious and Spiritual Advising

    A service provided for students seeking a personal connection to talk about religious questions or spiritual identities. Religious and Spiritual Life staff seeks to support all students, while bringing particular experience from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions.

    Spirituality Scholars

    This spiritual exploration program provides a weekly, stipended opportunity over the course of the fall and spring semesters for students interested in creating an interfaith community. The program culminates in the development and presentation of individual projects on the theme of the year. Applications open in April for the following year of participation. Learn more.