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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Class of 2019: Apply to the Pluralism & Unity (P&U) Program

The P&U program provides first-year students an opportunity to build strong and effective
relationships within and across racial, ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds.  It's mission is to create a community of first-year students who are committed to exploring and understanding issues of race, culture, identity, and social justice.  Learn more about P&U.

Class of 2019: Apply to the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

ESP is designed to create a community of student scholars who take full advantage of all of the opportunities available at Macalester.  The goal of the program is to increase the number of historically under-represented students at Macalester who apply to participate in study abroad/away, internships, fellowships, and scholarships, application and admittance to graduate and professional schools, and other amazing opportunities at Macalester.  Learn more about ESP.

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?

Reading Rainbow Book List

Explore this list of children's books with characters from diverse backgrounds.

DML Culinary Xpressions Cookbook - Resources for a Diverse Student Body

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