Department of Multicultural Life

DML Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Multicultural Life (DML) is to provide transformative leadership in creating a Macalester community that is equitable, inclusive, and socially just for everyone.


  • Foster and promote a welcoming and pluralistic environment that is inclusive of the entire college community.
  • Identify, assess, and promote social justice for the campus community.
  • Integrate and affirm the peoples, discourses, thoughts, and experiences of marginalized people into the fabric of the Macalester community.
  • Create partnerships with academic and administrative departments to infuse anti-oppression education throughout all aspects of campus life.

Special Events

HARAMBEE! Celebration
Our annual end of the year event celebrates and recognizes students, staff, and faculty for their contributions to multicultural education on campus throughout the year. 

Lavender Reception
This reception, co-sponsored by the DML, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Fund for Lavender Life, celebrates the queer community at Macalester and is an opportunity for LGBTQ students to learn about resources and support networks on and off campus.

Lavender Graduation
This annual celebration is a recognition and celebration of Macalester's LGBTQ graduating seniors. Sponsored by the DML, Campus Programs, Alumni Relations, and the Office of Student Affairs/Fund for Lavender Life.

Rites of Passage
This annual graduation ceremony recognizes and honors the contributions of Macalester's graduating students of color.  Sponsored by the DML and the Alumni Office.

Trending @ DML

speak! Series: when intent doesn't equal impact: healing relationships in the wake of offense

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, A.G.H. Ballroom, Kagin Commons

Watch the news and it seems like there’s always a hate bias incident happening on a college campus. These racist, sexist, or homophobic acts need to be addressed, but are we often tiptoe around difficult conversations, too afraid that we might do something wrong or make things worse? Can campuses breathe life into social justice frameworks without stepping in multicultural “poo”? Sowing the seeds of diversity can be challenging. Dr. Pearson-Wharton offers workable steps and guidance to you and your campus.

Sexual orientation & Gender expression study away discussion

Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 pm-9:30 pm, Lower Level Lounge, Markim Hall

Join us for a discussion of the impact of study abroad on sexuality and gender identity. Students who have returned from study away are invited to share their experiences with those who are preparing to go away next semester. For more information, please contact Center for Study Away at

More Than Words Inclusive Language Campaign

Whether or not we understand the power of our words, we still use them. So what kind of impact do you want to make? - Resources for a Diverse Student Body

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