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

Join Macalester and Hamline for SPEAK! With Kate Bornstein

Reconciling Transgender and Religion: A Tao of Mitzvah, Martyrdom, Sabbath, & Boddhisatva
Monday, October 29th, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Hamline University, Anderson Center 112

It takes a great deal of practice to truly honor our own goodness through the exploration of our outlaw desires, whatever those desires happen to be at any given moment. That’s how we learn to trust ourselves to determine our own identities: we move through life doing good deeds, we rest in the sabbath of celebrating our outlaw desires.

SPEAK! Exploring the Gender Paradox with Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 from 11:30-1:00pm
Macalester College, Davis Court

RSVP for the Lunch here.

It’s the language of negation—and in this workshop, you’ll learn how that’s a perfectly accurate way to describe a gender identity. Participants will explore the structure and dynamics of binaries, and what’s left over when a binary is shattered.

Trans Representation in Media
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
Macalester College, JBD Lecture Hall

Join Kate Bornstein, Rachel Gold, and Quinn Shimmer as they offer their reflections about trans representation in the Media. Audience Q&A to follow.


Indigenous Students and Students of Color Retreat
Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November 10, 2018
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Join the Department of Multicultural Life for the 2018 Indigenous Students and Students of Color Retreat.

With the theme this year of Uncovering Foundations: Rediscovery of Ourselves and Our Communities, we will create space for students to establish both our individual and community values and principles as we move towards the path of replenishing strength and resilience within ourselves and our communities. Through a series of activities and critical dialogues we will consider how we can continue on creating liberating existences for Indigenous Students and Students of Color.

Fill out this form to RSVP for the event here.

Please complete this interest form no later than Monday, November 5th at 4pm in order secure your spot for the retreat.

For questions, contact Jason Jackson at .