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Cultural House

The Cultural House

Located at 37 Macalester Street, this is a safe space for students of color and indigenous students 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 and indigenous people at Macalester. 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.

The Cultural House Signature Programs

Cultural House Block Party

The C-House Block Party serves as a Fall 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. The Fall 2022 Cultural House Block Party will take place Saturday, September 17 from 1-3pm.

In the Kitchen With…

“In the Kitchen With…” is a program that brings students, staff and faculty together over food and conversation to build community and foster meaningful relationships. This program is hosted by a cultural student organization.

2022-2023 Dates for In The Kitchen With:

  • Tuesday, October 11 from 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, November 15 from 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, December 6 from 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, January 24 from 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, February 21 from 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, March 21 from 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, April 11 from 6-7pm

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.


Due to COVID-19, we have updated guidelines for reservations. All reservations must be requested 2 (two) weeks prior to the event date to be reviewed and approved by the Cultural Staff Team before using the space.

Reservations cannot be requested during the same dates as the Cultural House Signature Programs (see above).

If you have not received a confirmation from the DML or the Cultural Staff Team, please do not enter the Cultural House.

Please submit this form to request a Cultural House reservation.

Current COVID-19 safety expectations/guidelines:
Everyone, including residents and guests, are expected to stay masked at all times in the public spaces and abide by the institution’s Mac Stays Safer 3.0 Shared Community Commitment. Exceptions to remove masks are when residents and guests are eating (continuing to social distance at 6 ft apart) or in resident private rooms. As the academic year progresses and as we receive more guidelines from the Infectious Disease Task Force, our space capacity and expectations for the C-House may change.

Schedule a C-House Tour

Come check us out! We offer 10 minute C-House Tours! As this is a space for creating a sense of belonging for BIPOC students, we give the following priority to the following groups when scheduling tours:

  • BIPOC students
  • Non-BIPOC students
  • BIPOC Staff/Faculty Employees
  • Non-BIPOC Staff/Faculty Employees

Please note that tours are not scheduled over the summer break.


For more information and questions about the Cultural House, contact Heather Lou, Assistant Director,

*This webpage will be updated as necessary.