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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.

Diverse Voices, Diverse Perspectives

Each year, Macalester’s incoming class represents a growing number of backgrounds and identities. The student experience is richer, with deeper meaning, when our student body reflects our values of multiculturalism and internationalism. Meet the Mac class of 2024.

41%

Students that identify as person of color

18%

Students who are first generation to college

59

QuestBridge FInalists, Including 12 QuestBridge Scholars

HONORING THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE

Macalester is located in Saint Paul on the stolen homelands of the Dakota people. Today, we work to honor the land and its people. At Mac, our Indigenous students build community on and off campus—from our Proud Indigenous People for Education (PIPE) student organization, interdisciplinary indigenous studies courses, to internships with Indigenous-centered organizations. Curious to know more about the Indigenous and native communities at Mac? Check out this recording of our recent panel and the Star Tribune article, “Macalester president calls for stripping founder’s name from campus building over racist views”, showcasing Indigenous student activism.

IDENTITY-CENTERED RESOURCES ON CAMPUS

Macalester offers many resources to engage in conversation, programming, and community around identities and culture. Here are a few resources available to our students:

LGBTQ+ Identified Individuals

Based on our commitment to inclusivity, Campus Pride Index rates Macalester 5 stars out of five. Our LGBTQ+ community is vibrant, recognizing the historic markers that have brought about positive change as well as the biases and challenges that still exist for LGBTQI+ students.

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.

DIVERSITY IN THE CITIES

Did you know that 44% of the Twin Cities metro population are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color?

In addition to the Dakota and Ojibwe people, there are large communities of Mexican immigrants and Somali and Hmong refugees,who make their home in the Twin Cities. If you are in the area, we recommend visiting Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis American Indian Center, and the Somali Museum of Minnesota to experience the diversity here. 

Macalester at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Community Outing at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

CHECK OUT MORE RESOURCES ON ART, FOOD, AND CULTURE IN THE TWIN CITIES

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.