DML Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Multicultural Life (DML) is to provide transformative leadership in creating a culture of diversity and justice that enables all Macalester students to respond to the complexities of the national and larger international community. With other College faculty and staff,  the DML staff shares responsibility to maintain a living/learning environment for students that respects multiple perspectives and works towards equity and social justice for everyone.


  • Foster and promote a welcoming and pluralistic environment that is inclusive of the entire student community.
  • Identify, assess, and promote social justice for the campus community.
  • Integrate and affirm the peoples, discourses, thoughts, and experiences of marginalized people into the fabric of the Macalester community.
  • Create partnerships with academic and administrative departments to infuse anti-oppression education throughout all aspects of campus life.

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Special Events

SPEAK! Series presents Julio Salgado: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:00pm-7:30 pm in AGH Ballroom Kagin Commons *Click HERE to RSVP

Join us as we hear from visual artist Julio Salgado, a queer artist of color whose work explore themes of immigration and queerness. As an undocumented and queer artist living in times of crisis, he uses his art to deal with anti-immigrant narratives. His lecture is a journey that takes a look behind the pieces he has created in the past decade. Who better to speak on the art than the artist himself.

Commencement 2018 is on its way!

HARAMBEE! Celebration: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 2pm-5pm in AGH Ballroom Kagin Commons
Our annual end of the year event celebrates and recognizes students, staff, and faculty for their contributions to multicultural education on campus throughout the year.

Lavender Graduation: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 2pm-4pm in the Lowe Dayton Arts Commons
This annual celebration is a recognition and celebration of Macalester’s LGBTQ graduating seniors. Sponsored by the DML, Campus Programs, Alumni Relations, and the Office of Student Affairs/Fund for Lavender Life.

Rites of Passage: Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12:45pm in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel 

This annual graduation ceremony recognizes and honors the contributions of Macalester’s graduating students of color.  Sponsored by the DML and the Alumni Office.

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