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Student’s Lego version of campus highlights present and past

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/28/2021 - 2:48pm
Anders Cote '24 built a digital Lego model for the entire St. Olaf campus. It requires about 11,000 pieces to build — including some that are rare and custom-made. 
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St. Olaf alumni turn their passion for preserving the environment into careers

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/28/2021 - 2:23pm
Environmentalism is an important part of everyday life at St. Olaf College. Learn more about how three Oles have turned that passion into careers far beyond the Hill.
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Dear Future Oles … we’ve got advice for you

St. Olaf College - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 3:26pm
Through the Dear Future Oles video series, St. Olaf students provide incoming students with candid advice about all the things they wish they would have known before beginning their college journey.
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The cycle continues – A retrospective on race at St. Olaf

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:56am

St. Olaf loves to market itself as an institution committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, but beneath the optics and empty rhetoric the College continually fails to adequately protect and support staff, faculty and students of color.

For many affiliated with the school, it is tempting to view student demonstrations and faculty departures as isolated flare-ups instead of what they are — manifestations of a systemic problem that has persisted at St. Olaf since before the school’s inception.

This special edition of The Olaf Messenger does not tell the full story of racism at St. Olaf itself — it falls short of painting a full picture even of recent history. However, we hope that by offering an anthology of articles, stories and editorials spanning the last five years we can center discussions around race on campus and prompt critical reflection on the work that is left to be done.

In order to fully take accountability and begin investing in the lived experiences of community members of color we must remember and reckon with the College’s failures and the persistent demands of its students. We hope this edition of the Messenger will be one step in the process of reexamination and renewal, with an eye always pointed toward the future.

Below are links to full stories featured in our July 2021 special edition, as well as more contextual articles.

Departures:

Research and instruction librarian Ellen Ogihara resigns from college, citing bias, discrimination within LITS
Former professor Michelle Gibbs implicates ‘Ole Culture’ in letter following resignation
Bruce King says ‘Everything in time’ – community members say change is long overdue

Recent events:

What happened at the ‘7 Feet for 7 Shots’ march
Photos from the ‘7 Feet for 7 Shots’ march
President Anderson announces plan to retire after 2022-2023 school year

2017 protests:

Where the Inequity Lies
This Ends Now

Athletics:

Toxic racism permeates numerous St. Olaf athletic programs
Platform for change: St. Olaf athletes take key role in anti-racist activism

Editorials:

My Open Mayday Letter to Oles and Allies: On Where the Silences Are
It is time for long-demanded change
Students of color react to campus protests
Anti-racism training: Same old, same old St. Olaf
The kind of staff we lose

Ongoing efforts:

‘God is good’ – Campus reacts to Chauvin verdict
Northfield residents engage in weekly protests for Black Lives Matter
Women’s and gender studies, race and ethnic studies to receive departmental status

More stories:

CUBE: Practicing vital anti-racism work for over 50 years
Current focused efforts to address rising racial tension at St. Olaf
A starter guide to unraveling a white supremacist world

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Equity and Inclusion Update

St. Olaf College - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:37am
A message from Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón Gautier that is part of a new series of regular updates she sends to the campus community.
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Lutheran Center hosts interfaith seminar series led by Eboo Patel

St. Olaf College - Tue, 07/20/2021 - 8:44am
The Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community hosted a virtual seminar series this spring led by Eboo Patel. The four-part seminar allowed students, faculty, staff, and alumni to learn about interfaith issues in the workplace and have discussions with one another. 
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Staff View: The importance of supporting students with disabilities

St. Olaf College - Thu, 07/08/2021 - 3:13pm
Steve Romenesko, an advisor with the college's new TRIO Student Support Services for Students with Disabilities program, shares why it's so important to provide resources to enable all members of our campus community to succeed.
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