On-Campus Organizations

Professional Development

Queer Professionals Network (QPN) is a network of Macalester students and alumni who identify as LGBTQ with the aim to support both LGBTQ students and alumni in navigating professional environments and building stronger networks of support.  QPN collaborates on such projects as Scot’s Pride and Student Mixer (SPASM) every year.

Scot’s Pride unites Macalester’s LGBT alumni across the globe for fun, social events, and networking. The group also seeks to support students, staff, and faculty through advancing a positive LGBT campus climate.


Student organizations and Identity Collectives

QU (Queer Union)

Meeting Times:  Wednesdays, 10:15 – 11:15 pm in the Sounds of Blackness Lounge, Turck Hall

Queer Union is a student-run organization that seeks to serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified students at Macalester.

FIA*STARSA (Feminists in Action: Students Together Against Rape &  Sexual Assault)

Thursdays, 10 pm – 11 pm in the GSRC (Kagin 018)

FIA*STARSA is a non-hierarchical activist and social space that works to promote awareness of gender equity as a universal rather than exclusively female issue, promote action against sexual violence, and provide resources/support for students at Macalester.

MR M (Macalester Reimagines Masculinity)

Mondays, 9 pm – 10 pm in the Campus Center, Rm. 215

Mr. M is a pro-feminist, anti-sexist organization that hosts events designed to create discussion around alternative and anti-sexist masculinities. MR M recognizes the intersectional nature of oppression and collaborates closely with FIA-STARSA, QU, and other orgs.

Identity Collectives

The  identity collectives provide students with the opportunity to talk together about identity and diversity issues both within their specific communities and in inter-group dialogues. Each collective group is facilitated by trained faculty, staff, and students. The following are identity collectives focused on gender- and sexuality-based identities; the names listed below are the facilitators for the Spring 2018 semester:

Trans Identity Collective (TrIC)

Spencer Fugate ’18

Wren Hess

Queer People of Color Collective (QPOCC)

Tulsi Patel

Jessi Brandon

Ren Tyler

Queer Women’s Identity Collective (QWIC)

Izzy Hart

Amelia Gerrard

Flora Fouladi

Lucy Shenk

Multisexual and Multiromantic Identity Collective (M&M)

Anna Mickle ’17

Miya Ito

Asexual Spectrum Identity Collective 

Sophia Jones

Kristin mcKenzie

Karen Takemura

On-Campus Places, Services, and Spaces

Allies Project Training

The Allies Project at Macalester College consists of a group of faculty, administrators, and students who are committed to creating a safe environment and community for all people.

Cultural House 

The Cultural House is an initiative of the Department of Multicultural Life, and offers both a residential and programmatic space for the Macalester community. The residential community is an all-gender option for sophomores and above. Members of the Macalester community may use the full-service kitchen/dining room or living room for discussion, dialogues, and programs that offer opportunities for community building and explorations of identities and social justice.

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center 

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, located on the lower level of Kagin, is an independently-run, student-powered, exploratory space which aims to create a stronger culture of resistance against all forms of oppression.

As Is

As Is is a conversation-based support community for students interesting in exploring and questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. The confidential group is co-facilitated by LGBTQ staff and students.  For information contact Don DeBorer (ddborer@macalester.edu, x6275).

Out & Proud Faculty & Staff Community

Out & Proud Faculty & Staff Community is a voluntary list of Macalester faculty and staff members who self-identify as LGBTQIA.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department is located on 4th Floor Old Main.


Leadership Opportunities

There are a number of different retreats and conferences that Macalester students have the opportunity to attend.  Contact Jason Jackson () for more information about attending these opportunities:

Out for Work

Out for Work seeks to educate LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities. OFW provides assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master job search techniques and strategies, and research employment opportunities.

ACTC LGBTQIA Leadership Retreat

ACTC LGBTQIA Leadership Retreat focuses on leadership development, small-group facilitation skills, action planning, and exploring intersecting identities and oppressions through a social justice lens.  Students will also get the opportunity to meet and get-to-know queer student leaders at neighboring institutions such as Hamline, St. Kate’s, St. Thomas, and Augsburg College.

Minnesota Out! Campus Conference

Minnesota Out! Campus Conference is a 2 day conference for all students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members from around the state of Minnesota and surrounding region to discuss topics around gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and ally (GLBTA) communities on college and university campuses and in the greater community.

Creating Change

Creating Change, run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is one of the nation’s pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. This conference focuses on LGBTQ activism on a national and global level.

Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC)

Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual LGBTA conference that is hosted at a different college each year. The three-day conference, which began in 1993, has grown to include over 90 educational workshops on various topics that affect LGBTA people, as well as a variety of inspirational plenary speakers and entertainment.