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Priority will given to applications received by July 31, 2016

Our History

The Pluralism & Unity Program (P&U) was founded in 2003 by Macalester faculty and staff who wanted to create a program where students from diverse backgrounds could learn about privilege, power, and difference as it relates to students’ own lives, the Macalester College campus, and the Twin-Cities metropolitan area. As it states on the P&U website, “The mission of P&U is to create a community of first-year students who are committed to exploring and understanding issues of race, culture, identity, multiculturalism, social justice, and intercultural dialogue.”


The Pluralism & Unity Program (P&U) is a one-credit course for first-year students who wish to deepen their understanding, commitment and engagement with issues of social justice.

Through dialogues, and experiential roundtables, students will explore and learn about their social identities, understand privilege, oppression and power, build strong and effective relationships within and across difference, and reflect on ways to effectively work for social justice.

Our Model

The Pluralism and Unity Program is ideal for students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice work, and are dedicated to develop in deeper understanding and action. P&U students should be ready and open to explore various social justice frameworks, to honestly self-reflect, and imagine themselves integrating this work in both short and long-term life goals.

P&U is open to all Macalester first year students. Students are required to enroll in the one-credit course (P/F) and required to be present in every class and roundtable session during Fall semester.

For more information, visit our website. Questions about the application or program can be directed to the Dean of Multicultural Life, Chris MacDonald-Dennis at cmacdona@macalester.edu. Priority will given to applications received by July 31, 2016. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by August 12.

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Please respond to the following 4 questions. You may find it helpful to compose your response in a word processor/editor and then paste the response into the appropriate area on this form.

1. Explain your reasons for wanting to be a part of the Pluralism & Unity Program. What would you like to learn about yourself and others? Why do you think it is important to explore issues of race, nationality, identity, and multiculturalism in a diverse group of your peers?

2. What is your previous experience, if any, with issues related to race/racism, intercultural relationships, multiculturalism, and/or social justice?

**I understand that participation in P&U will require me to attend weekly meetings on Thursdays from 4:30pm - 6pm. These weekly meetings will be consist of either a class, roundtable, or a community engagement.

I will commit to attending these meetings, and if a conflict exists for me with attending these meetings, I am aware that I may be ineligible to participate in the program. My initials below indicate I have read and understand this program requirement.


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