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

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast
Macalester College is a host simulcast site for the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast, sponsored by the General Mills Foundation, The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. This breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service and be inspired to live out his dream today in our homes, the community, and throughout the world.

The simulcast of the live event will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018, from 7 to 9:30 a.m., in Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom. This breakfast celebration is free, and an RSVP is required to attend. To RSVP, complete this Google form by January 8.

This year’s keynote speaker David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”), a British-Nigerian actor and producer, will address the theme of building bridges for a bold dream. For questions, contact Jason Jackson at .

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