Cultural House

Cultural House

The Cultural House

Located at 37 Macalester Street, this is a safe space for domestic students of color and allies who are interested in learning from and contributing to a multicultural environment. The C-House strives to be a symbol of connection for people of color at Macalester and in the Twin Cities. Although the C-House is organized around the dismantling of racism, there is careful attention paid to the intersection of multiple identities, including gender, class, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ability, and religion. Programming and many cultural organizations who utilize the C-House are structured in a diasporic manner that recognizes that race may have variant meanings in an international context.

Apply to Live in the Cultural House!

Room selection in the C-House is done differently than all the other housing options on campus.  First consideration for rooms in the C-House goes to students who either want to work or volunteer for the DML.   Volunteer applications are now live and are due on Tuesday, Mar. 9th. Students will be notified of their application status by Friday, Mar. 13th.

The Department of Multicultural Life (DML) is recruiting energetic, enthusiastic and committed students who would like to volunteer with the DML for the 2015-16 academic year. Past DML student volunteers have had an awesome experience and have benefited from the skills they learned in their volunteer position. All of the volunteer positions within the DML offer excellent opportunities to develop skills in leadership, facilitation, program planning, event coordination, and time management.

DML Volunteers are expected to work 3-5 hours/week in either the Cultural House or Lealtad-Suzuki Center. Volunteers are treated like any other member of the DML team and are expected to show up to any necessary staff meetings and follow-up with any tasks they decide to take on.  Selected volunteers will be required to live in the Cultural House next year.

If you have any further questions or concerns, contact Demetrius Colvin (

The Cultural House Signature Programs

Cultural House Block Party

The C-House Block Party serves as a kick-off to the programmatic year for the Cultural House. It is an annual event that formally welcomes the Macalester community. Food, fun, and water games celebrate the new academic year.

In the Kitchen With...

"In the Kitchen With..." is a weekly program that brings students, staff and faculty together over food and conversation to build community and foster meaningful relationships.

An(other) story Circle

An(other) Story Circle is a once-a-semester program where a group of students are asked to share their experiences, or stories, with the campus community around a particular theme on identity, self, and society. The Story Circle program aspires to encourage the Macalester community to talk across difference and get to know each other through sharing personal narratives.

Poetry Slam

This annual tradition is a spoken word competition where students perform and the audience is the judge! The Poetry Slam is a time for the Macalester community to celebrate and reflect on the significance of oral traditions in communities of color and as means for political action in all communities.

For more information about the Cultural House, contact Demetrius Colvin,