Institutions thrive when they are acting in ways consistent with their mission, and our mission identifies multiculturalism as a core component.
In the years ahead, we need to take some new and concrete steps in order to reach our diversity goals.
The range of experiences among Macalester’s student body broadens each person’s perspective here—and that prepares students to engage in diverse workforces and communities after graduation. Our community is more vibrant and more positive if it is diverse in all ways, including first-generation college students.
Test change. Consider joining an increasing number of our peers in becoming test-optional for applicants, given the direct correlation between standardized scores and family income.
Professors, too. Set aside 3-5 tenure-track faculty lines for targeted searches for qualified professors who meet curricular needs and increase diversity.
Ongoing. It’s not enough to bring a more diverse population to Macalester. How can we do more to support and foster the success of traditionally underserved populations?