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.

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SPEAK! Series: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success On & Off the Field

Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 pm, Kagin Ballroom

SPEAK! Series presents Briana Scurry, Legendary US Goalkeeper, World Cup Champion, and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist.

In this inspiring narrative, Scurry touches on her own struggles and setbacks, including her experiences as one of the first African American professional female soccer players and one of the few openly LGBT players in the league. Offering deeply personal perspective, she provides audiences with encouragement and wisdom on overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges and the importance of maintaining a positive outlook and remaining true to one’s self. Meet and Greet will follow.

Sponsored by the LSC, Office of the President, Title IX/Equity, and SAAC

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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