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Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community Starts Here

Macalester is a community that intentionally leans into challenging conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. A commitment to multiculturalism also inherently means a commitment to cultural competency, to building bridges, and to intentionally reaching out across differences.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Macalester is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people who were forcibly exiled from the land because of aggressive and persistent settler colonialism. We make this acknowledgment to honor the Dakota people, ancestors, and descendants, as well as the land itself.

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Macalester and Racial Justice

Macalester’s president shares the position and initiatives designed to create a more just and equal world.

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In Solidarity

Students are coming together for activism, mutual aid, and community-building to create change.

DIVERSE VOICES, DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES

Macalester’s student experience is richer, with deeper meaning, when our student body reflects our values of multiculturalism and internationalism.

37%

STUDENTS THAT IDENTIFY AS PERSON OF COLOR

17%

STUDENTS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION TO COLLEGE

172

QUESTBRIDGE FINALISTS, INCLUDING 46 MATCH SCHOLARS

The Mac Community

Macalester offers many resources to engage in conversation, programming, and community around identities and culture.

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Lealtad-Suzuki Center

The Lealtad-Suzuki Center provides services, including intentional multicultural education and campus programming; training and development; and personal consultations for identity exploration and cross-cultural communication.

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First Generation Mentorship

First generation students find support and connections through the Barriers and Bridges program, the Bonner Scholars program, and MOSAIC (Mentoring Opportunities For Students Across Identity and Culture).

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Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Campus Pride Index rates Mac 5 stars out of five stars. The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is a student-powered, exploratory space initiated by student organizations and supported by the Department of Multicultural Life and Campus Programs.

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My Multicultural Life Podcast

Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), International, LGBTQIA+, first generation to college, and first generation to the U.S. Mac students and alumni share their stories and experience at Mac.

INFORMATION SESSIONS IN YOUR LANGUAGE

  • Amharic (coming soon)
  • Hmong (coming soon)
  • Somali (coming soon)
  • Spanish

PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Macalester is proud to be a partner in the work of College Horizons, Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color, National Hispanic Institute, and QuestBridge. If you are a community-based organization interested in partnering with us, email multiculturalrecruitment@macalester.edu.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MULTICULTURALISM IN THE CITIES

Minnesota, home to seven Ojibwe (Anishinaabe/Chippewa) reservations and four Dakota (Sioux) communities, became a state through a series of treaties signed with the Native nations in the region. Founded during the summer of 1968, Minneapolis became home to the American Indian Movement (AIM), jump starting decades of Indigenous activism and cultural revival in the Twin Cities and beyond. Our Native students build community in the Twin Citie through internships with Indigenous-centered organizations, events at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, and by supporting Indigenous cultural arts. Learn more about Minnesota and the Twin Cities’ Indigenous history. 

In the 1930s, Rondo Avenue was at the core of St. Paul’s largest Black neighborhood. African-Americans who had lived in Minnesota for decades and others who were just arriving from the South made up a vibrant, vital community that was in many ways independent of the white society around it. The construction of I-94 in 1968 shattered this tight-knit community, displaced thousands of African-Americans into a racially segregated and discriminatory housing market, and erased a now legendary neighborhood. While the construction of I-94 radically changed the landscape of the neighborhood, the community of Rondo still exists and its persistence and growth are celebrated through events like Rondo Days and the Jazz Festival. Learn more about Macalester’s partnership with the Historic Rondo Neighborhood.

Within the past 30 years, communities of immigrants and refugees have made their home in the Twin Cities. In Saint Paul, you’ll find Minnesota’s Hmong community, as the largest urban concentration of Hmong people in the country. In the early 1990s, Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and East Lake Street became home to the largest concentrations of Somali refugees. Mexican and Latinx communities have grown to not only reside in Saint Paul’s West Side or the city of West St. Paul, but also East Lake Street, Nicollet Ave, and Central Ave. 

Minnesota’s cultural landscape continues to grow. Within walking distance of campus, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and cuisines that reflect this, including Afghani, Nepali, and Thai. If you are in the area, we recommend visiting Midtown Global Market, and the Somali Museum of Minnesota.

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Community Outing at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Connect with us

Interested in learning more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Macalester? Feel free to reach out to us at multiculturalrecruitment@macalester.edu and an Admissions representative will be in touch with you.