Alumni of Color Host Family Program

Multicultural Life
Kagin Commons
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Host family program

The Alumni of Color and Friends Host Family Program connects first-year and sophomore students of color with local Macalester alumni of color and friends of the college who live in the neighborhoods around Macalester, in Minneapolis, or in suburbs of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The alumni hosts are very diverse, ranging from recent college graduates, families with young children or teenage/college-age children, and/or retired individuals and couples. Sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Life and the Alumni Affairs Office, the goal of the Host Family Program is to enhance these students' sense of community, both within Macalester and around the Twin Cities. Since it's inception in 2003, the Host Family Program has enjoyed great success. Students who participate say they are grateful to have a "go-to" family nearby who can relate to being a Macalester student of color, and alumni hosts say it is an excellent way to participate in and give back to the Macalester community.

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Students who participate in the Host Family Program begin the program in the fall semester of their first year. At the end of their first year, students can decide if they want to continue their involvement with the program in their sophomore year. There are four organized events (two in the fall, two in the spring) where all students and hosts in the program interact as a large group. In addition to those scheduled events, hosts and students are expected to interact with each other as their schedules permit, with the expectation that paired hosts and students get together at least two additional times a semester (i.e., through theater productions, a religious service, a shared meal, or a cultural event, etc).

There are 4 expectations of student participants in the Host Family Program in order to make your relationship with your host(s) as fulfilling as possible. These expectations are:

1. Spend time either on-campus or off-campus with your host family on a regular basis.
2. Share your perspectives and ideas with your host family.
3. Attend program-sponsored events offered by the organizing departments and respond to phone calls and invitations from the host family and the organizing departments.
4. Be open to ideas, activities, styles and customs of your host and communicate your concerns to the organizing departments as much as needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Afifa Benwahoud at

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