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Addressing issues of sexual harassment and assault in academia

This year, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) awarded Macalester Professor Dianna Shandy the 2018 Gender Equity Award for her work in developing a policy to properly address sexual assault and harassment within the association. The project began to take shape a year ago, after Shandy and her colleague Gabriela Torres were appointed to the two…

Macalester’s movement ecology for Palestinian human rights
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Macalester’s movement ecology for Palestinian human rights

This fall, Freddy Barragan ’22, Saskia Bernstein ’21, Adelaide Gaughran-Bedell ’21 and Serena Touqan ’22 founded a chapter of the national Palestinian rights organization Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) on campus. JVP joins two existing organizations, IfNotNow and Macalester Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (MacSUPER), in the fight for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality on…

Jinci Lu’s commitment to mental health reform
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Jinci Lu’s commitment to mental health reform

Since high school and throughout her time at Macalester, Jinci Lu ’20 has dedicated a lot of time and thought to studying mental health. “I was drawn to mental health because of personal experience with a family member who suffered from depression,” Lu said. She was interested in how different cultures handle mental health –…

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Sustainability efforts in athletic training

On Nov. 6, Paula Natvig, Macalester’s director of sports medicine and performance and head athletic trainer, sent out an email to all student athletes with three key changes to operations in the Athletic Department. The changes come as a result of a student coalition made up of athletes, members of Facilities and the Sustainability Office…

Updates to mental health services from Health and Wellness Center
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Updates to mental health services from Health and Wellness Center

In the wake of Matias Sosa-Wheelock’s ’20 death by suicide last spring, The Mac Weekly came out with a special issue centered around mental health at Macalester. The issue discussed the changes the Laurie Hamre Center for Health and Wellness planned to make in order to better serve the increasing number of Macalester students seeking…

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Before the talk: the ascent of Tarana Burke and MeToo

Tarana Burke was brought up in the Bronx in a “Pan-African liberation family,” as Burke shared in a lecture at Iowa State University. Her family was poor, but hardship was always met with resilience and pride which Burke carries with her to this day. One of Burke’s earliest forays into activism occured via The 21st…

Macalester’s parental leave policy changes are more generous
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Macalester’s parental leave policy changes are more generous

“It was complicated,” Provost Karine Moe responded when asked about the parental leave policy at Macalester. She said the policy was, “outdated,” and was ready to be, “better for parents, better for kids.” So, when the Faculty Advisory Council asked Moe to look into changing it, she began working with Employment Services. Then, in spring…

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Way back at Mac: Mac Moments thoughout our history

The most recent college campaign, the Macalester Moment, highlights the moments that make a Macalester education unique. A term originally coined by actor and playwright Danai Gurira ’01, a “Macalester Moment” is “that single moment of realization and self-discovery that may stay with you the rest of your life.” We can, I think, all agree…

Evangelical leaders hit the road for the Common Good
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Evangelical leaders hit the road for the Common Good

In the lead up to midterm elections, a caravan of evangelical religious leaders are traveling around the country calling for a bold change in congressional representation: for Americans to vote Republicans out of Congress. The bus tour is led by Vote Common Good, an organization using religious and political activism to call for a more…

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