Macalester's commitment to a diverse student body began more than 100 years ago. In 1915, Catharine Deaver Lealtad became Macalester's first African American graduate. In 1942, Esther Torii Suzuki was admitted to Macalester, freeing her from the camp where her Japanese American family was interned during World War II. She later became a social worker and human rights activist. The college's Lealtad-Suzuki Center honors their journeys and provides opportunities for current students to explore cross-cultural communication, identity, and multicultural education.

Macalester's Multicultural Milestones

Signature Programs

Allies Project. Identity Collectives. Pluralism and Unity Program. SPEAK! Series. Trenas. C-HOUSE Arts Open House.

Photo of speaker at multicultural event.
Lealtad-Suzuki Center

Large Events

Cultural House Block Party. In the Kitchen With. Fresh Fridays. An(other) Circle Story. Annual Poetry Slam.

Photo of student at a poetry slam.
Department of Multicultural Life
  • 28

    Number of organizations that explore issues of cultural heritage, identity, social justice, diversity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, race/ethnicity, and more.

  • “Our students graduate prepared to advance social justice and lead in a complex and diverse world.”
    –Marjorie Trueblood, Dean of Multicultural Life