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Macalester University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1600 Grand Ave
St, Paul, Minnesota 55105
(651) 696-6000
School Information
Macalester’s Mission: Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. (source:
General Information
Macalester has fully embraced the messages of anti-racism and social justice.: "At Macalester College, we’re painting a different picture of what a liberal arts education can be—one where challenging academics inspire personal, social, and intellectual growth. With special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society, a Macalester education prepares students to thrive in a globally connected world." and "Our students graduate prepared to advance social justice and lead in a complex and diverse world." - Marjorie Trueblood, Dean of Multicultural Life.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Two Macalester professors discuss their realization of the "need to become an antiracist professor."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As a part of Macalester’s ongoing effort to pursue equity and diversity, it has joined the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) consortium in their new anti-racism initiative. The initiative will provide participating colleges access to professional development, community building and data collection with the hopes of tackling institutional and structural racism.
  • Macalester hosts an annual Critical Theory Symposium.
  • The library at Macalester offers an extensive set of resources on anti-racism.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Macalester has an entire department devoted to Critical Theory, and offers it as a concentration among its major disciplines.
  • Macalester offers extensive resources in what they call "anti-racist pedagogy" that informs much of their academic life.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Democracy in Action offers students an opportunity to earn academic credit for engaging in political action in the Fall 2020 semester through the Democracy in Action Seminar Course (INTD-392 or INTD-394). Students can earn 2 or 4 academic credits for working on a political campaign or completing another form of direct, civically engaged political action.
  • Macalester encourages students to join in activism and anti-racist work. The Division of Student Affairs provides copious resources to help students become activists.
  • Macalester lists itself as a founding member of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) which "aims to address racial inequities at liberal arts colleges."
Symbolic Actions
  • "HONORING THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE Macalester is located in Saint Paul on the stolen homelands of the Dakota people. Today, we work to honor the land and its people. At Mac, our Indigenous students build community on and off campus—from our Proud Indigenous People for Education (PIPE) student organization, interdisciplinary indigenous studies courses, to internships with Indigenous-centered organizations." Macalester has fully embraced the messages of anti-racism and social justice.
  • According to a statement by the college president, "Macalester condemns anti-Black racism, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry."
  • Macalester partnered with The Posse Foundation and will be providing 10 students from the Twin Cities with full tuition scholarships starting for the Fall 2022 semester.
  • The university held a discussion on "Misogynoir and Sustaining AntiBlackness" in April 2022.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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