Primary Results
Council on Equity and Inclusion
Ellingson
Hill/Kitt
Hoyme
Kildahl
Larson
Mellby
Mohn
Rand
Thorson
Ytterboe
Honor House 
Off Campus

Council on Equity and Inclusion

Danely Quiroz, 2021
She/her/hers

Will you be willing to commit to the meeting schedule of this Council and to its trainig/orientation session? Please describe other extracurricular activities you will be involved in and how you will prioritize this commitment.
Yes, I am more than willing to attend and prioritize the meeting schedule and training sessions. I am part of SGA branches, such as DISC and PAC, and as a member at large for Presente!. I prioritize this council because as a current woman of color on campus, these issues do not take a break. Every day, I am surviving and thriving in an institution that wasn’t built for people like me. I want to be a part of this council because I want to work with other passionate individuals who want to create a more equitable St. Olaf community. I aspire for the day where other students don’t have to struggle while attending this institution. This is why I am applying to this council.

Please list the leadership positions you’ve held on campus.
– DISC Executive Assistant
– PAC Social Media Director
– Presente Member at Large 

What did you value most from these leadership/committee experiences? What did you learn that would translate to your work on this council? 
I valued the growth I have experienced in terms of listening and voicing my opinions. Before, I was timid and shy to speak in a room of upperclassmen. Now, I know and trust in myself because I know what I am talking about, and I know I am capable. As I apply to this council, I know that I will be working with people who are experts in their field, more experienced than I am, and more knowledgeable, I know that I can bring so much to the table.

How will you keep students engaged in the work of this Council? 
I will dedicate my time and effort to ensuring that other students will engage with the work in the Council by including and working alongside with them. I want to build passionate leaders that will be involved with the council as long as they can during their time here. From previous leadership experiences, making students feel valued in the work that we do, as well as building their leadership does go a long way. I want to create dialogues, events, workshops, and collaboration with other organizations to build more support and an audience.

Page 16 of the Working Group’s report outlines the vision of the Council, which calls for 1) A healthy campus environment in which individuals feel welcomed, respected, valued and supported, and where that are fully able to achieve, flourish and contribute; 2) A campus community that includes the fullest possible range of diverse perspectives and backgrounds essential to rigorous learning; and 3) A college that commits to growth in diversity and inclusion as central to the accomplishment of its mission. How will you support this mission? By being open-minded to different perspectives, but also keeping the most marginalized voices a huge priority. 

Tashonna Douglas, 2021
she/her/hers but would prefer name

Will you be willing to commit to the meeting schedule of this Council and to its training/orientation session? Please describe other extracurricular activities you will be involved in and how you will prioritize this
commitment.
I am willing to commit to the meeting time. I am involved with CUBE which is Cultural Union for Cultural Expression. This group is very important to me and I do prioritize it but I can work around it.

How will you keep students engaged in the work of this Council? 
Well, this is a heavy question. But, I guess to engage POC’s (people of color) in activities on campus I would let them know that I will be there. I would create a safe space and a place that thrives on open communication. In would also seriously take in concerns from students. This is EXTREMELY important. There is a lot of racial issues that exist on campus (Pub Safe being called on POC’s more often than whites, Res Life issues with racial profiling, passive and microaggression encounters that exists between whites and POC’s, etc..) that should be listened to and addressed by someone in SGA and that needs to be a POC. This organization is highly valued and many students look to this organization to represent their voices on campus. Which is something that I’ve felt and heard since I’ve been here. Meaning, it would mean a lot to students if I could be there to be that listening ear.

Page 16 of the Working Group’s report outlines the vision of the Council, which calls for 1) A healthy campus environment in which individuals feel welcomed, respected, valued and supported, and where that are fully able to achieve, flourish and contribute; 2) A campus community that includes the fullest possible range of diverse perspectives and backgrounds essential to rigorous learning; and 3) A college that commits to growth in diversity and inclusion as central to the accomplishment of its mission. How will you support this mission?
I think Olaf does a decent job of carrying out missions 1 and 2. For the white students at least. Mission 3 is a mission that I believe is not well respected by this campus and its environment. Talking about myself, I will truly be committed to supporting the mission for POC’s. Too often, there are white facilitators who lead conversations about equity and inclusion. Which is where I think I could help. As a leader, it is my responsibility for the students to feel valued and welcomed. I would like to create a more diverse group and actually having students that are of a cultural background. Last but not least, I would actually want to build a college that is diverse and is willing to grow into a more welcoming environment.

Linnea Cheek, 2021
she/her/hers

Will you be willing to commit to the meeting schedule of this Council and to its training/orientation session? Please describe other extracurricular activities you will be involved in and how you will prioritize this commitment.
I am a member of the St Olaf Dance team, a member of Company Dance, a member of Women in Politics and Law, as well as work as a lifeguard a few days in the early afternoon. I would prioritize my position on the council above all else and make sure to be present always.

Please list the leadership positions you’ve held on campus.
Fundraising chair of Dance Team
Possible secretary of Women in Politics

What did you value most from these leadership/committee experiences? What did you learn that would translate to your work on this council? 
I learned how to utilize resources well as the fundraising chair of dance team. I have learned how to be creative and interact with the community around me.

How will you keep students engaged in the work of this Council?
I will use multiple platforms to engage students in the work we do on the council. I will be a friendly face that is always willing to educate the public about the goals and actions of the council. I will use the ideas of the council in everyday life as I experience relevant obstacles among students.

Page 16 of the Working Group’s report outlines the vision of the Council, which calls for 1) A healthy campus environment in which individuals feel welcomed, respected, valued and supported, and where that are fully able to achieve, flourish and contribute; 2) A campus community that includes the fullest possible range of diverse perspectives and backgrounds essential to rigorous learning; and 3) A college that commits to growth in diversity and inclusion as central to the accomplishment of its mission. How will you support this mission?
I strongly believe in inclusivity and diversity. I will reach out to all the diverse students on campus and explain the importance of being apart of a loving and sharing community. I believe it is important to learn from different kinds of people so I will always be ready to learn from others who are different from me. I will always keep a watchful eye for any kind of prejudice and to the best of my ability, put a stop to it and explain our intolerance of such.

Gender & Sexuality Senator

Nick Willcocks
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I think it would be a great way to get involved on campus in something I am not already well-versed in. I think it would be a great way to meet new people as well.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I am proficient in public speaking and organized ideas, as well as understanding how groups of people operate and act.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I would like to see more dorm togetherness between floors, and more welcoming events for everyone in community areas.

Ellingson

President

Mackenzie Todd
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
In high school, I was always very active in organizing and administering events and occasions, such as student trips to our local soup kitchen, secret Santa gift exchanges, and motivational point systems that encourage students to engage in co-curricular activities. I value having the trust of my peers and working to live up to their expectations, hopes, and needs. I love meeting new people and creating bonds through the things I am involved in. I also think that a hall council member must be relatable for the hall residents. She should have a sense of humor, be able to joke around, and make others feel comfortable, all while still being able to take her responsibilities seriously for the sake of her peers.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have experience in student government, so I know how things should be handled in varying situations. I have also been a student under several student government members who either did not take the responsibilities seriously or did not know how to relate to the student body, so I also know how important the balance between sociability and responsibility is. I would consider myself creative and artistic when it comes to organizing events, and I’d also say I’m reliable when it comes to following through with my commitments. I value the wants and needs of my fellow hall residents and intend to take them very seriously, but I can also partake in various vine references, so I’ll be responsible, just not too uptight, I guess. I just really want everyone to be happy, comfortable, excited about living here, and hopefully glad that their president cares about making their dorm the best that it can be. 

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
I would like to see a secret Santa/secret snowflake type gift exchange that more or less “forces” students to meet new people that they may have not gotten to know otherwise, while also having a chance to feel good about giving and celebrating the holidays. 
I would also like to see something similar to the points system that I initiated as choir president in my high school. It consisted of points being given and taken away based on the merit of the students in each section of the choir, and at the end of each month, the group with the most points would win a reward and the points would reset. It motivated them to work harder to get points, and I was thinking that something similar could take place here. Perhaps we could separate by floor and motivate residents to keep quiet during quiet hours, keep bathrooms tidy, have dorm wide game night/olympic-type competitions in which winning activities gains points for your floor, etc.

Senate

Communications Officer

Whitley Graysmark

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I have decided to really go out and try new things in college. I wasn’t a part of any student government or representative type club that involved elections in high school because I was always too scared to put myself out there. But I have always wanted to try it out and I think this position in particular would be a good starting point for me.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a very good listener, and I always put lots of effort into the activities and work that I get involved in, whether it’s a sport or an arts club. I am also very creative, and I love art and writing – especially list making.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would make sure everyone is able to have the choice to go to participate in hall activities through talking amongst my particular hall and getting the interests on how people prefer to be alerted of hall activities, whether that’s through email, media, flyers, or all of the above, because people have different tastes and interests. And I would also make sure that there are activities for everyone, no matter your personality. I myself have found a hard time feeling included and putting myself out there to go to scheduled events and activities in the past, so I would also reach out to introverts and let them know we value their opinions as well.

Maren Hrivnak
her/hers/she

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I think doing activities as a hall is so cool and fun, and I’d love to be a part of putting that together.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I’m very creative, diligent, outgoing, and I’m always happy to meet new people. I think that full hall activities are a great way for all of us to get to know each other a little better.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would do my best to make all activities inclusive, and I’d make sure that people are aware by putting up posters, sending out reminders, and mentioning planned events to people as I talk to them.

Inclusivity Advocate

Tanaka Khondowe
He, him, his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
Throughout my time in high school, I have always found that regard for diversity and inclusion always works for the greater good. This I got to understand first hand as I worked in the various student organization and societies that I was involved in both as an effective leader and a supportive follower. Ushering in a fair, welcoming and safe environment for all kinds of people from all kinds of places with all kinds of perspectives is a catalyst to creativity and high impact cooperation that can make any system better. I am excited at the thought of being able to operate some of the levers that will move the college towards greater inclusivity and growth.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I believe that I am placed in a position where I can serve effectively as an Inclusive Advocate because I have learned compassion and cooperation. These among other technical and “soft” skills I have are essential in imagining myself in other people’s perspective and anticipating what they may need. I am convinced that, in addition to my ability to anticipate and perceive the next step and what may need to be done, I am naturally an effective inquirer into people’s needs because I care genuinely about people and their welfare.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
What is good should be made even better. What is better, excellent. And if there is a policy, procedure or practice that is undertaken elsewhere, that can improve inclusivity on the Hill, I will push to adopt, establish and sustain it. I know that a lot of work has been done in the past to bolster inclusivity and I look forward to driving the same vision and cause with enthusiasm and care. I intend to give my best and nothing less.

Hall Treasurer 

Sumner Wu
he/his/him

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
It sounds like a lot of fun, and I think that no one else is running which leads me to believe that SOMEONE needs to do it and why not me?

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position. 
I mean I am good with numbers and I am pretty social which means that I would take a lot of input from members of Ellingson and be able to apply it to what events to schedule.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I am really good at numbers!

David McGowan
he, him

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am eager to share my leadership skills with the rest of Ellingson Hall, in order to make the most of the next year that we are going to share together.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a dedicated, motivated student and member of the St. Olaf community, with a drive for making our campus a better place through kindness and cooperation.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
-I have previous leadership experience, serving in high school as a class officer and as student director of the choir program.
-I am driven to exceed expectations, as I graduated valedictorian of my high school and have been named a National Merit Scholar.
-I have experience handling money, working over 1500 cumulative hours as a cashier throughout high school.

HillKit

President

Natalie Choi
she her hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I love organising events because it is so rewarding to see people having fun and enjoying the event that I planned and prepared for them. I also want to contribute to this dorm. I want to make sure that we are happy with the living environment and are connected to one another.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
At high school I was in the Student Life Council so I have had quite a lot of experience in event organising, for example a whole school trip to a Chinese buffet restaurant during Chinese New Year, haunted house in the school castle during Halloween, Christmas balls and many more.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
Trips to cool places in Minnesota so we feel more connected to the community we are living in. 
Movie/ games nights
Dance parties
Karaoke night
Spa day where we put on face masks and possibly manicures and just relax together

Senator

Jessica Hollister
She/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
In 6th grade, I joined the student government at my local middle school. It was the first time in my life where I truly felt like I could make the right decisions as one of the representatives for my class. As I climbed the student government ladder, I felt confident in nearly every position. By the time I reached high school, my tenacity from middle school drove me to become a core member of the student body government. As a result of my hard work throughout high school and middle school, I had the privilege of being elected council/senior class president. My senior year as president, I was in charge of homecoming week, pep rallies, and setting up monthly visits with the school principal. Although I was fond of planning these fun events, I felt my potential shine through working with administration and the leaders of other school groups. I knew from the moment I joined student council in high school that I wanted to become involved in an association similar to the SGA in college, and I am confident that being the hall senator is the perfect fit! An advisor told me recently that in college I need to be a part of what allows me to be the most authentic me and being a hall senator fits my skill set of leadership, advocacy and strong communication perfectly.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
One thing that is important to me is a sense of awareness. I always want to be in the know and I’m a naturally questioning person. I will bring my drive to educate the wider community to this position and I will strive to make sure that no one feels left out from the very important topics that SGA handles. I’m very interested in the upper handlings of St. Olaf Student Government and I am eager to learn all that I can about the real effects that students have on St. Olaf’s success.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
One of the core things that I’ve heard talked about on campus is the outsourcing of Boe House. I am very invested in mental health awareness and I can see both the advantages and disadvantages of keeping the counseling center within the realms of St. Olaf and potentially outsourcing it. As a new freshman I do not know much, but throughout high school I have enjoyed working with both administration and students. I am ready to take on Hall Senate this year.

Lucy Moe
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
The community of Kitt is something that already is very important to me, and making sure that the concerns of the hall and SGA alike are heard is something that needs to be able to happen. I very much would enjoy helping facilitate that communication, and having this position in the St. Olaf community would help me feel more connected to the school as a whole.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I have a great set of communication skills which I have developed through a variety of different opportunities and jobs. I also would like to believe that I have a strong ability to listen and understand everyone with empathy, despite any differences that we may have. Finally, I think I would be able to bring in an positivity to the role which likely already exists, but I would love to be another smiling face for people to associate with SGA and Hall Council

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
Because I’m am a freshman who has not been on campus for very long, I am not sure what issues are important to the student body just yet. However, as a Hall Senator, I think the most important thing to address would just be bonding and comradery in the halls while making sure students are having fun while remaining in a safe, welcoming environment.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I would like for the Senate to encourage the students to make St. Olaf a more supportive community. For example, encouraging people to go to as make sports game as possible, or choir events, concerts and performances.

Communications Officer

Henry Miller

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
During my time apart of Res Life last year, I grew to love being involved with the dorm halls in all facets. Interacting with residents, getting to know them and planning events that I knew they would enjoy, was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had on the hill. I would love to return to a position in which I can be communicating and interacting with residents again.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
As economics major, I am planning on acquiring an emphasis in marketing. Obviously one of the largest parts of the Communication Officer role is marketing the events that we plan. Currently, I am the Social Media Director for multiple orgs on campus, including SOC and the Film Production Society. Interacting and communicating with the community is something that I truly enjoy and finding creative ways to coherently inform people about events and other important information is incredibly rewarding.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
Constant, clear, and concise communication via emails or even social media posts through a dorm account. If needed, I am willing to be a vocal in person communicator.

Mai Xee Vang
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.

I am interested in this position as the Kittlesby Hall Communication Officer because I want to utilize and improve my communication skills with my peers to make a positive difference through reaching out and marketing the events we will create.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
When considering me for this position, I want you to know that I am very artistic and open to all critiques. I am also an effective communicator who can get my voice across to ones willing to listen. When I put these skills together, it makes a very effective communicator because I am also an efficient listener.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would ensure that residents are both well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming by taking their ideas into consideration to make events they are interested in. I would also aid in creating events that they may not be interested in, but are important and advocate for the reasons as to why they should participate. In terms of being well-informed, I would make and put up posters to hang in the front lobby and create a hall Facebook group to include everyone.

Wendy Garcia-Torres
She/Her or He/His

Inclusivity Advocate

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I want to help make our dorm feel welcoming for all people. Despite dietary restrictions, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc. everyone should have the equal opportunity to all activities on campus. It’s important to understand that everyone is dealing with all sorts of obstacles that might impede their success in college. The dorm is meant to be a second, third or fourth, home where people can feel comfortable and not attacked for being who they are. People might be learning new things about themselves and this must be a place where everyone is free of judgment but is ready to lend a hand whenever it is needed.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
Throughout high school, I was a student activist who advocated for Black Lives Matter, people without legal documentation, people who are homeless, the LGBTQ+ community, as well as other communities. Junior year, I trained 200 people; students from grades 7-12, teachers, principals, community members, and other school staff on what their rights were when encountering Immigration Customs Enforcement. Junior year second semester, I was on a panel with Patrisse Khan-Cullors for Making Black Lives Matter in Schools, a Students Deserve Campaign to end random searches/racial profiling in the Los Angeles Unified School District. My role was to speak as an ally to Black Lives Matter. Although I am Mexican, Latinx, I can still help uplift people completely different from myself. Senior year second semester I was recognized by my high school and was on a panel with Julie Chavez Rodriguez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, and Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter to speak on the importance of being involved in politics. When I arrived at St Olaf, I obtained the role of student advisor in the committee To Include is To Excel where we aim to modify curriculum to fit the changing student body. I hope my work as an advocate can include my lovely community of Kittelsby. 
My history as an advocate for oppressed groups will fuel my work as an inclusivity advocate. Throughout the years I’ve learned that having history does not mean I learned everything. I am like a sponge that absorbs information on how to be respectful and considerate for all kinds of people. As an Ole, I will practice passion, dedication, and engagement in learning how to respect and treat others with integrity. Through this position, I can teach others to do the same.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
To encourage and foster an inclusive environment in Kittelsby I would host conversations in listening to opposing opinions and delving deeper to reach an understanding of each other. Even if people have differing opinions and worldviews everyone can still make an effort in being friends with each other. Although I’m a far leftist I am still open to being friends with Republicans. What’s harmful about the current political climate is that people choose not to listen and block each other out when instead a culture of kindness can help people live in, perhaps not harmony but, peace. 
Learning each others names through fun games can assure we become a stronger community. Further in the semester, when people begin feeling stressed we will be comfortable in approaching our neighbors and asking for or offering help. Hosting study sessions where people need to be quiet but where people are still in each others presence might be a way to bring out those who might not be comfortable talking to people. A slip and slide along with a picnic on the slight hill next to Kittelsby can bring people together. I look forward to working together with the family that is HillKitt.

Camille Stich
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I want to make students welcomed in activities just as I felt when I joined clubs. Attending something new takes a lot of courage, especially if you don’t know anyone. I want to make all students feel welcomed at events and help them connect with other students.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I came from South Dakota and nobody from my school came here. I knew nobody, but with the help of lots of people I felt welcomed and wanted. I know what it is like to feel new and alone, but I know how other people helped me fit in. I felt included in many activities and I want other

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I intend on getting to know people on all floors of the residence hall and planning on meeting up with them. Encouraging people to go to the lounge together and hang out is a good way to talk and know each other better. Kittelsby has already a great community and people, it is just the matter of everyone getting to know each other.

Treasurer

Kaitlyn Chalfant
She, her, hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I LOVE math!! I have always wanted to expand my knowledge on budgeting and planning, and I think this is a great way to use the skills I already have but also expand my horizons at the same time. I have been wanting to get involved and meet new people, and this is the perfect opportunity. The one aspect I miss the most from high school is the leadership positions I held, and I think this is a great way to jump back into it!

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have had various leadership positions, including NHS president and clarinet section leader. I’m excellent with numbers having been on math team and WYSE team. I’m shy at first but once you get to know me I’m very social! I’m super creative (especially when baking/cooking and when making birthday presents) but I feel like these skills can increase my contributions to the group and hall as a whole.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I excel at math, I’m very organized, I’m responsible, I have a great willingness to learn and love having discussions/reasoning things out with others!

Adam Wang
He/Him/His

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I want to participate in making Kitt a fun dorm, and I want to explore my abilities in this area.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I commit to the tasks I put myself into. I am active and I will do my best to support the team.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I can eat a lot of rice. Also I like math.

Hoyme

President

Faith Goede
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
St. Olaf is my dream school; the day I got my acceptance letter is one of the happiest memories of my life. I’m committed to giving back to this school that’s given me so much, and I think this organization is one area where I could really make a difference. I enjoy organizing activities and coordinating events. I also enjoy working with other people.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have a lot of administrative and coordinating experience. In my senior year of high school, I was student body president. The job required me to coordinate weekly meetings with my student council, meet with school administrators to organize events, and plan and execute events for over 1,000 people. I love public speaking, I’m cool under pressure, and I can balance many activities and events at once.

Mike Guzman
he/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I’ve never done anything like this, I am excited to be the representative of my Hall and be the voice of the students in Hoyme. I can’t wait to organize events for my peers to further strengthen our bonds and make a community of support and love.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am dedicated to making the residents of Hoyme proud to say that they have a united community. I want the residents of this Hall to be excited for the activities the council organizes. I was the treasurer of my school’s first government. Threw that experience I was able to understand how much work and time it took to plan events. the government was very collaborative so I became very comfortable working with other school clubs to make sure that our activities were successful. I believe that a leader is only good if they have an amazing team backing them.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
I would love to organize events that would highlight and appreciate our different cultures. As the first Afro- Latino president, I would make it my mission to have every voice represented in my Hall and hopefully throughout the school as well.

Senator

Finn B Johnson
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I would love to get involved with the student government on campus and work–this year and over the course of the next three–to continue the Olaf tradition of improving and building our campus, as well as the tradition of providing the most for our community. Representing my peers would allow me to expand my knowledge of democracy while also being deeply involved on campus, something I look forward to doing the coming years as well.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I’ve been around the block as far as running/being involved in student government as well as clubs and organizations, but the reason I would like to be a student senator–the reason I would like to represent my peers–is because I am deeply interested in making the world a better place, specifically, through government and democracy. Being a part of the SGA here on campus would give me the chance to build my effectiveness as a representative and it would give me an opportunity to pursue my interests.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
Possible covers for bike racks around campus–let’s limit the rust!

Julie Stagg
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I truly enjoy politics. Eventually, I want to join Congress once I obtain my degree. I was truly interested in student council within my high school and, since this is a campaign style of voting, I am believe this is the position for me.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I am very open to new ideas and conversations with new people. I am joining Model UN, Debate, and mock trial d=for similar backgrounds

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
An open-door policy, where we can leave our doors open to everyone for a more friendly environment. Many people stick signs on their doors stating to come in, yet an open door is more inviting. Obviously this idea would only take place while the roommates are here.

Communications Officer

Jared Vidervol
he/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I have been on student governments and on many planning committees before, But I have never had an elected leadership position. I feel like Hall Council/the communications officer will give me a great elevated leadership role in student government. I am also a very organized person. I am confident my organization skills will be beneficial to the role of communications officer. I am also very interested in learning more about myself as a leader and my leadership skills.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.

What you should know about me is that i’m a really great leader when I work in groups. I thrive off of working together to solve a problem or plan an event. I love being able to have a group of people to bounce ideas off of and plan fun stuff together. I am also a very optimistic person and love seeing people smile and having a good time. That is one of my goals as a hall council member. To spread happiness and optimism.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would get information about hall activities to all Hoyme residents by a few different ways. First would be possibly through email or some sort of online flyer of some sort. Then next would be through posters and something to put on peoples doors. The last is just through talking to people and getting the excitement up.

Inclusivity Advocate

Johnna Johnson
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
Because I wish to include everyone, and have been on the outside of that before.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am queer and “intellectually disabled” by ADHD and dyslexia, as well as OCD. I am a perfectionist and wish to make hall activities accessible to everyone, even those who may struggle with sensory issues.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
By inviting people I see to be apart of a group or play a game, even if I do not know them.

Treasurer

Jorge Esparza Hernandez
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
As a political science major, I believe that it would be very beneficial to me to participate in something that relates to the field.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I was CEO of MNeverAgain, a non-profit for gun violence legislation and managed all of the money including fundraisers. I have experience and interest in managing money.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I am proficient in google sheets, which is great for transparency when it comes down to finances.

Kildahl

President

Ghazal Ramazanian
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
As an international student, I arrived on campus a week earlier than most students and had additional time to explore the campus and Kildahl. I have caught myself saying, “I’m going home” a multiplicity of times when heading to Kildahl after class. Because Kildahl is a smaller dorm, its residents grew close quickly and most residents are open to making new friends and making this hall a friendly environment. The number of genuine people that I met in the hall encouraged me to run for the position as the president. As college students living on campus, feeling included should be one of our main priorities. Adapting to change comes easily to some, and not as easy to others. As the president, it would be beneficial to organize programs and make the first year living in this hall as enjoyable as possible. 
Not only would a position as a president help me address the concerns of the Kildahl residents, but it would also help me in having more structure and improving the interpersonal and management skills that I value.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
When I joined the speech team my senior year of high school, I was scared to join a competitive environment in my second language. However, within 2 to 3 weeks, I started consistently placing in the top 5 of the discussion category. Some of the best skills that discussion taught me was the importance of assertiveness and taking initiave within group settings. The individual who drove the discussion and helped the group reach a conclusion always ranked first. After attending 10 different schools, I have learned to develop interpersonal skills and am usually the person who reaches out to others, while knowing how to adapt to new environments and make adjustments The ability to make connections with people has helped me in leadership positions because individuals are comfortable coming to me to address any concerns, ideas, or suggestions that they have.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
As freshmen, Kildahl residents are still adjusting to campus life and living independently. Although some people are open to making new friends, others are reserved and have never been placed in unfamiliar situations. From the moment I got to know St. Olaf, the first thing that caught my attention was the importance placed on making resources available for any students with concerns or needs. I would love to help make Kildahl a tight-knit community that residents come back to not only to take a shower and sleep, but also to spend time in and consider a second home. The programs I would like to bring to the hall would involve activities that ease adjustment in the first year, due to the importance of a smooth transition for both social and academic success.

Yingyi Zhou
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I came to the United States when I was fourteen without lots of English backgrounds. I went to a suburban high school where it was a diversity school that I couldn’t find any person speak my home language. I was lost on everything. However, I met a girl who came over to me and talked to me and patiently listened to me. She said Hello to me anytime when she saw me and that made me feel like there are people supporting me all the time and I could overcome all the difficulty. At the end of my freshman year, I surely did accomplish that with 4.0 GPA at my high school. Now, I feel like it is my chance to support others in college. I want to support everyone in Kildahl and make them feel like this is their home, a place they can always feel warm and relax and there is always people cheering for them.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
First, I am a happy person who laughs and smiles every minute of my life. I love to say “Hi” to everyone I know. If you have always walk around me in Kildahl and I remember your name, I would say hello to you no matter what I am doing. If I don’t, please tell me your name, and I will say Hello next time. Second, I love to communicate with others with respect. Getting a different perspective from others is always a good way to learn. Third, I have many work experiences and extracellular activities related to Hall Council. I did three years of the student council and two years of student council officer. I also did a year-long internship at the UnitedHealth Group as an Executive Level Support Intern, where I prepared IT pieces of equipment for huge annual events in the company across the nation individually. 
Gratefully, I did not make any mistakes throughout my internship because I am super organized and specific in detail.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
I want to make a fire theme during the winter, which we can make bonfire event with s’more. Also, I think the different type of food theme for each month would be cool because who doesn’t like food.

Senator

Kassidy Korbitz
she,  her, hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I would like to be able to represent my dorm and think it would be a great way to begin freshman year being involved in such a great group. I want to make dorm life a positive experience for everyone and improve the overall attitude and mood in the dorm.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I was a part of many student groups in high school such as a leader in student council and World Empowerment team, and an active member in National Honor Society, ArTeam and several other clubs. I am a very outgoing and friendly person who is focused on creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I would like to make a more cohesive flow between floors and create an atmosphere where everyone is able to feel welcome and participate in the dorm activities. It would be great to get more people involved and spending time together.

Inclusivity Advocate

Aya Kamil
she

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am genuinely interested into contributing with all I can , to the development of a tolerant, diverse and inclusive environment to all the residents of the dorms.Since we are residential campus , I believe that insisting on fostering this aspect of embracing each others differences and learning from them to move forward is definitely primordial to the widening of our perception of the world , but also to the strengthening of the Ole community (after all aren’t we a 97 percent a residential campus ?).

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
As an international student and former UWC alumni , I can say that my exposition to the world and the experiences I lived through were definitely crucial into building my belief into the NECESSITY OF COEXISTING, DISCUSSING and SIMPLY DISCOVERING WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY AND THINK !!
As a “minority ” -I am indeed an arabo-african muslim women -I feel that I can bring new perspectives and more importantly new ideas into how can we foster in the “halls ” this sense of open)-mindness and cultural understanding. I would like to be a vector of building the community , for instance creating more links between domestic and international students !
I live in Kildalh , and I am a great con students .Since most of my classmates live in the hall , that could a positive point in the sense that the activities or initiatives I would come up with would have a favorable support !

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I would set up , with the team I will work with , an agenda that ranges from bonding activities , debates , movie nights and cultural evenings.
For instance in Kildhal hall , maybe we can have a cultural evening that would every month be centered about a specific culture !
I was thinking of leading philosophical questions that would help us to grasp more the notion of cultural relativism , key to tolerance.
For instance: What is civilisation ? How do we define the “other ” ? What are the limits of coexistence ? To what extent can the individual contribute to the society in a positive manner ?

Treasurer

Gabriel Maxwell
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I understand the importance of being involved in my community in a real way. I also believe the position of treasurer will best reflect my interests and specialties.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a very neat and organized person. It is a joy of mine to make sure things are properly accounted for and order is maintained to the best of my abilities.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I have an acute attention to detail, a relentlessly organized mindset, and I’m proficient in Microsoft Excel.

Michael Paredes
he/him

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
Upon deep reflection, I have chosen to submit my candidacy for this position for many reasons, but particularly because I am interested in using my best abilities to help my hall unlock abilities it never realized, because if elected, I would use my role to help create a better community through increased financial accountability and abilities; and mostly because I believe, that if elected, I could formulate a new degree of competency in the Hall council system- bringing in all parts of the council to better understand our financial situation, and thus help all of the hall prosper.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
My candidacy acknowledges the time and involvement that would be expected of me if elected, and this is something that I have looked over- and time would not be a problem for me to dedicate towards a hall that I am passionate about, and where I would see the direct benefits of my work with all members. I am not only a dedicated student who is striving to become involved and contribute towards the betterment of my hall, but I am also a candidate that has had extensive experience with finance and management (explained in the skills section), and these skills I would be overjoyed to bring in to the Hall council. Furthermore, as an international student (from Belize), I will not only add diversity to the council, but I will be able to bridge any gaps between members of the hall, and through financial accountability, I will seek to ensure that all members of the hall are able to benefit from our activities- and ensure that all our goals are achieved.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
As alluded to previously, I have gained an extensive array of skills, which have all been tried and tested in various international settings from Belize, to Singapore, to the Cayman Islands, and beyond. In my academic life before St. Olaf, I was the Head of Finance for the UWCSEA Investment Society; and I also held the Co-Chair position in the UWCSEA Economics Society. Both of these positions have required great deals of commitment from me, and they taught me how to manage organizational finance and timelines in order to maximize productivity and accountability. In my professional life, so far, I have held internship positions within the Ministry of Finance for the Government of Belize; where I was tasked with a range of international and domestic transactions- many of which remain classified. While working on the government side, I gained a new appreciation for the management of public finances, which I feel will be best used in the hall treasurer position. Beyond this, I have been a part of several planning groups, including a TEDx event where I was also the financial manager. With these other events, I have seen every possible financial error that could be made while working with a team, but through it all, I was able to take lead and manage every issue in a orderly and timely manner- which always resulted in the achievement of goals, and as such, I have no doubt that I could do the same, (if not more) for the hall through the treasurer position.

Larson

President

Luke Bultena
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I want a chance to add to my leadership experience while also giving back to my community. I’ve become dissatisfied with solely being a consumer of residence life services, and now I would like to have a chance to give back to the community I’m living in. Serving as president would give me the opportunity to help residents create a better community for themselves, instead of simply being a passive beneficiary of the good work others do.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
You should know that I value ideas and am willing to take risk to see them realized. I want to see hall council facilitate creative proposals that would significantly benefit Larson. I don’t want us to go through the motions and do what has already been done, and I’m willing to run the risk that some ideas might not work out to accomplish that.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?

I think we should have a textbook exchange program after registration for interim and the second semester, but before everyone leaves for Christmas break. Textbooks are expensive, and the program I envision would make it easier for Larson residents to find people who have the books they need for their classes at reasonable prices. It seems easiest to set up a time for people to meet and swap in person, and I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t also provide food at the event, too. 

I’d also like to do something to acknowledge our custodians during the year. Oftentimes, we overlook the custodians until the end of the year when it’s time to send a thank you card. I’d like to see a program that allows students to meet their custodians, in addition to recognizing the work they do, before its time for everyone to leave. 

Most importantly, I’d like to see a concerted effort to facilitate program ideas from the residents in Larson. I believe in crowd-sourcing ideas – the more people we involve, the more likely it is that a fantastic idea emerges. One way to do this might be to better publicize when hall council meets. Another way might be to have a few representatives from hall council at each event just to ask people, one on one, if they have ideas. It may be more effective for hall council to ask people for their ideas directly than to tell people to come to them when they have one.

Senator

Christopher Howard
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I have always had an interest in policy and politics as well as helping other members of my community. I think being a hall senator would be a rewarding and challenging experience that would provide me with skills that cannot be acquired in a classroom and also give me a chance to be part of something larger than myself and hopefully make a positive impact within our community.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I’m an Eagle Scout and served as the senior patrol leader within my troop for several years, so I understand the difficulties that come with having a leadership role. I also think that my major interest in environmental issues is a valuable perspective to have when thinking about issues in a broad perspective and considering the impacts that our community has on our own environment and the environments of those around us.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I understand that it’s a large undertaking, but I believe that moving St. Olaf towards an even more sustainable energy (this would be in regards to the natural gas heating) and endowment goals are imperative for continuing an ethical and conscientious attitude that this college has continually dedicated. This is again a large issue, but it would be satisfying to start to move in the right direction this year at the very minimum.

Communications Officer

Sahreenah Glispie
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I love designing posters and creating advertisements for events. I also haven’t had a position on hall council before in the past two years that I have been here- but I feel like this is a good time to try it out.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have interned in Marketing and Finance for both Microsoft and Aegis Living Co. and I have lots of experience with taking notes during meetings and making sure everyone on the “team” is on the same page. When I interned at Aegis Living, I was an intern for the Director of Marketing and helped with promotion and posters for their events and advertisements. I am great at organization and listening skills as well. I also am the Co-Marketing Officer for MEC and I have helped design posters for many concerts and events that we have hosted.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would make sure that I receive the correct information needed to create any posters/papers for the halls by using communication and listening skills. I will also make sure that I create posters that are informative and creative at the same time. I enjoy making posters so it will always be fun for me and turn out good 🙂

Inclusivity Advocate

Melody Suite
she, her, hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in becoming the Inclusivity Advocate for Larson Hall Council to foster an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all Larson residents.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a senior English and Religion major with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies. After I finish college, I intend to be an educator. My aim is to teach in a way that places educational equity at the front and center of my pedagogy. To do this, I have committed to taking many classes that emphasize critical theory as well as classes that look at individual experiences through various mediums. I will work to implement the same level of care and concern towards a welcoming and inclusive environment in Larson Hall.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I plan to encourage and foster an inclusive environment in my residence hall by being cognizant of the different needs and experiences that student’s have, and by being an advocate. Students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and therefore, it is imperative that the members of hall council are constantly in dialogue with one another on how to make Larson Hall safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

Ella Schmeits
she/her

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am especially interested in this position after spending my summer trying to be as politically active as possible in my hometown. I participated in and created political events and rallies in an attempt to create some kind of positive change in my community, no matter how small or insignificant my efforts seemed. Recently, I have set a goal for myself to find feasible ways to contribute to social justice action while I am still in school. I am interested in being Larson’s inclusivity advocate because the position would allow me to do just that– to advocate for social justice within residence halls on campus in a way that positively affects the lives of the marginalized students who live here. In doing this, I would be practicing the type of advocacy that I strive to implement into the rest of my life, and I wouldn’t have to wait until graduation to begin that journey.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I believe that I am a very strong candidate for this position because of my strong attention to detail and history of empathy and understanding. Part of the literary analysis required for my English major is frequent close reading, which requires close attention to word choice, intention, and implication in a piece of writing. When advocating for inclusivity on campus, one must posses the ability to identify wording and ideas that may alienate or harm certain groups of students. With this ability, I am able to perform this task as it relates to many oppressed groups, including those that I am not a part of. That being said, I don’t know everything and do make mistakes, which is where my ability to empathize and understand others becomes vital. When I do make a mistake or accidentally offend someone, I am able to understand (to the best of my ability) where my critics are coming from and to modify my own understanding of the issue to take into account others’ first-hand experiences and ideas.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I think that the best way for students to advocate for an inclusive residence hall environment is to understand the exclusive rules and regulations that we have to work around, and to find ways to foster inclusivity despite them. For example, there is a sign by Larson’s elevator stating the times in which opposite gender students are allowed in each other’s dorm rooms. The term “opposite gender,” which may seem harmless, implies that there are only two genders, and completely excludes intersex and non-binary students. Modifying this sign to simply state “men and women” is a good step in the right direction. Naturally, the ideal solution would be to re-examine and modify the rule itself, which assumes that no gay or Queer students exist. However, I think that updating the language that enforces this rule is an easy step to take in the meantime. Taking similar actions such as this can go a long way to creating an inclusive environment for students, but I also believe that student inclusivity advocates have a responsibility to work with the administration when necessary and possible to address students’ rights to inclusivity on an institutional level.

Treasurer

Jacqueline Guerrero
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
My interest in this position steams from my desire to be active on campus, and within my own dorm. I think student voice is important in any given setting, especially within our own living spaces, and I would like to contribute to making Larson as inclusive, comfortable, and close to home as possible.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I would want people to know that I feel I have the experience necessary to take on a position vast responsibility, such as this one. Some of my experiences included being apart of a student advisory council for the CEO of Chicago Public Schools in order to develop and implement educational policies across the city, planning and leading student conferences aimed at promoting civic engagement amongst high school students with the Student Voice and Activism Fellowship as a part of the University of Chicago, being a representative/liaison for distract on a city and state wide student council, and serving on the executive board in my local student voice committee for three years. I feel that all these experiences will help make me a good fit for this position in terms of responsibility, enthusiasm, and dedication.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
One of my most advantageous skills, I would say, is my organization, time management, and responsible nature. Additionally, I have experience using excel, and keeping track of a budget like I used to for my student committee in high school. Most importantly, I think my dedication is an advantageous skill, as it ensures I will approach my job seriously, but with enthusiasm.

Melby

President

Addison Tryon
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I want to make Hall Council more of a resource for the students in the dorm. There is a lot that could be done and I want to be a part of it.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a senior majoring in Political Science and American Studies. I have been on Hall Council in a variety of roles for the past couple of years. You may recognize my name from last year when I was both the Inclusivity Advocate, Communication and Outreach Officer and Treasurer for Mellby! The year before I was the Recorder in Rand Hall. I think this experience has well prepared me to take on the role of President for this year’s Hall Council.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
I would like to see more programs that draw in more residents and serve as a resource to the Hall community. That to me means trying to coordinate more with other services and organizations on campus to address a variety of topics.

Genesis Fukunaga
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I chose to live in Mellby for the second time this year because I love this dorm. In the past three years, I’ve lived in almost every other dorm on campus (Kittelsby, Hillboe, Larson, Ytterboe, Rand, and Kildahl), and yet Mellby is the only one that makes me feel like I’m home. Maybe it’s because it is a small dorm (which makes it cozy), or maybe it’s because of its truly living room-looking lounges. Whatever it is, when I ‘m Mellby I never feel that I’m ‘just in a dorm’. I feel comfortable. I feel safe. I feel home. I am running to be the president of the hall council because I want to work in the planning and implementation of activities; activities that are compelling and genuine enough to make our residents feel that when they are heading back to Mellby after a long day, they are coming home.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.

I am a senior Nursing major and an international student from Peru. My Nursing background has strengthen my passion for serving others and has taught me to collaborate with people in an everyday basis. I think my passion and teamwork skills will serve me well as I work with the other members of the council to make Mellby’s residents feel welcome and cared for. 

Currently, I am also the president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance on campus, where I serve as an advocate for Mental Health and provide assistance to those who need help. I am convinced that my ability to advocate for others will assist me as I provide a voice for residents in hall council and inter-hall council meetings. My international, minority, and female background will also allow me to raise a voice for those who usually aren’t represented.

I strongly believe that I’ll be able to establish close relationships with the residents of our dorm because I’ve developed strong interpersonal skills through the teaching assistant and writing tutor positions I’ve held for the past three years.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
1. Movie/karaoke nights on the weekends (especially in the winter, when there are 5 feet of snow outside)
2. Snowman-building contest in the winter (we could it right outside Mellby), and it’ll make the dorm look pretty too. It’s a win-win!
3. Inter-floor civic engagement contests. These could range from recycling contests to fundraising contests (the money can be donated to a charity). To make it even more interesting, we could name each floor after a Harry Potter House and give points to each house (10 points for Gryffindor!)
4. Monthly health ‘campaigns’ that promote healthy sleep habits, eating habits, exercise, etc. I think the key is to provide tips with things that are easy for college students to do. One day we could do a mini-fair in the lobby with some fun activities and snacks. We could work together with the Wellness Center and the Nursing program. 
5. For the off-campus project, it’d be nice to get engaged in an activity for Christmas (raising funds/getting food for the poor/homeless in Northfield, going caroling, etc.). It’s a particularly good time to give to out community.

Senator

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Communications Officer

Amy Lundborg
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I was on hall council in Thorson last year and loved the leadership experiences. I gained valuable skills as the recorder that I think would transfer well to this position. Overall, I want to help make Mellby a fun, welcoming, and safe place for all residents.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am very organized and responsible. I take pride in a job well done and believe I have the skills necessary to efficiently document meetings, as well as the skills necessary to communicate with the hall via email and posters.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would inform residents of upcoming programming using emails, posters, and maybe even little door reminders depending on the budget. Emails are a great reminder and I would be sure to send out a few per event, including a reminder the day of. However, since students are flooded with dozens of emails per day, it is just as important to advertise in the hall. Posters would be designed to be colorful and attention grabbing. Door reminders are nice because it is more individualized than an all hall email, which would hopefully encourage participation and attendance in events!

Inclusivity  Advocate

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Treasurer

Ben Alcorn
he/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position
I have always enjoyed this type of work, and I have previous experience. I also enjoy being a member of hall council.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
That I was treasurer of Larson last year, as well as treasurer experience in high school.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I’m organized, punctual and great attention to detail.

Maddy Chiu
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I think Hall Council has an valuable role to play in developing dorm culture. The treasurer’s role is to help ensure that the dorm’s budget is used wisely to ensure consistently fantastic programming throughout the year. I want to be a part of making this a reality for Mellby residents and be able to get to know everyone in the dorm better.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I was on Mellby’s Hall Council as Inclusivity Advocate last fall before studying abroad the spring semester. As a result, I already know how Hall Council as a whole and the treasurer role (specifically) operates and the challenges and benefits that come with Mellby’s dorm culture. I love talking to people, getting to know them, and making new friends wherever I go, and as a part of Hall Council, I would love people to stop me and offer their ideas for what they’d like to see Hall Council do throughout the year. 
Additionally, I have real world experience with working with finances because I interned at Wells Fargo this past summer and will be returning to work there after graduation.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I had a finance internship this summer. I studied abroad this past spring semester and lived on my own while doing my internship. As a result, I have spent a lot of time creating, tracking, and maintaining budgets for my personal “fun” spending, my daily necessities (like effectively using a food stipend card for a whole semester), and day-to-day expenses. I’m also really good at budgeting my flex dollars to last the whole semester at the Cage. In all these situations, I have been able to stay under budget while having a lot of fun!


Mohn

President

Elie Nederloe
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I would like to help Mohn become a better community where people feel encouraged to attend hall events, and reach out to hall council with their ideas for improvements. I also would like to help make hall council more organized and run more efficiently with a better communication with the residents.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I was president of NHS for two years, and an officer for three. During this time I ran all NHS meetings, planned all dances, film festivals, charity fundraisers and events at the high school, as well as organized and oversaw all publicity efforts for these events. My backup plan for life is becoming a wedding planner because I thoroughly enjoy planning and organizing events.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
A movie in the parks type event near the end of the year would be super cool. I was in Hill-Kitt last year and our food for finals was not the best, so I believe that there’s a lot of room for improvement in those aspects of programming

Senator

Melie Ekunno
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I am vested in the well-being of St. Olaf as a community. I recognize St. Olaf for the great force of growth it has been for me and I would like to be part of ensuring that I remains so for every member of the community. 

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
The ability to listen and hear what is being spoken is what I as a senator, would bring to the table. As a potential English and Chemistry major, I bring equal amounts of inquisitiveness and creativity to this position; the combination of which allows me to identify where things may be neglected or otherwise amiss and conversely were they might be excellent and worthy of commendation and to treat them accordingly.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I would like to see the Senate address the disconnect between domestic and international students.

Communications Officer

David Ortiz
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I have a TON of creative ideas and am very organized! I’m also very approachable, charismatic and very dedicated to fostering a fun community in Mohn!

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am dedicated and punctual when it comes to sending out information or arriving to meetings, and thoroughly enjoy making a difference when it comes to making peoples’ lives easier, in this position’s case, informing residents of things going on!

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
Setting up social media accounts for residents to easily follow if they so choose, inviting residents in person, making posters, anything I can to make sure people are aware of exciting events and such that Mohn has to offer!

Inclusivity Advocate

Abby Stone
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
St. Olaf College, while it was founded in Norwegian Lutheran tradition, has grown to house students from a wealth of races, gender and sexual identities, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Furthermore, these aforementioned students often choose to live on-campus all four years of college. In some cases, students are unable to go home for breaks and live at Olaf full-time. Thus, it is important to foster a welcoming, comfortable environment for everyone. Personally, I am interested in a political science and psychology double major with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. Extracurricular activities such as hall council, will be beneficial in my growth as a scholar in those fields.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have excellent interpersonal and verbal skills, which makes me an asset in diplomacy role. I also try to be as authentic, communicative, and frank as possible in conversation and general life. I am not one to sugar-coat things. I also strive to be contentious and thoughtful of other’s perspectives across circumstances.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I regularly invite my friends from other dorms to come hang out in my room, I say hi and make conversation with others on the elevator, and I plan to bake and host shared meals in the Mohn basement once our kitchen renovation is complete.

Leykza Carreras Simons
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I feel that I am passionate about fostering community. Being an inclusivity advocate for me would mean especially being able to encourage bringing people together to support one another across differences and/or one’s own place in life. I also feel a large part of inclusivity can include reaching out to those who may feel isolated, hesitant or shy in the face of entering communities, to where fostering inclusivity, welcoming environments and an invitation to them can bring a stronger sense of togetherness where no one should feel left behind.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
Comparable to what I described above, I too am a shy-er person. But the community experiences that I had that inspired me so deeply were the ones that I want to help facilitate; ones that were intentional about fostering a sense of togetherness, support, and compassion to all people. That being said, being a shy-er person has often lead for leadership roles to somewhat intimidate me. However, I feel I am a leader in how I support a system or team of people, and love being a part of something a little bigger than me; wether that be a small team or large community for a greater cause or identity.

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I intend to encourage and foster an inclusive environment in my residence hall by offering events and opportunity for people to come together, meet new people and share experiences in a way that allows all people to feel welcome, supported and a part of something that we all share. These can include even casual events in a common lounge where students can come together with opportunities to mingle in whatever way is comfortable for them. This can mean providing multiple activities or simply the space and invitation to come together. Another intention I have to encourage this environment would be to provide people with an assurance in their community support. This can mean individuals being aware of resources and people within their residence halls when they need support, perhaps providing something like an “open door” of some sort (literally and/or figuratively) for anyone who needs anything to stop by for support.

Treasurer

Bjorn Vogen

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
Dealing with the numbers is interesting to me and I think it would be cool to be able to make sure the books are balanced by making a budget for the dorm. It is important to make sure that we are putting money where it should be going. I also generally would like to be a part of the hall council because it gives me an opportunity to be a part of the different activities going on here at mohn Hall.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I like to make sure everything is in order whether it comes to keeping my room clean or in this case making sure our budget is in order. I like to be involved and would like to know what is going on with the hall council. At the same time it would be cool to see how we pay for everything and be in charge of managing the spending for the year.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I am studying math and Econ and therefore am pretty good when dealing with numbers. I am also taking an accounting class which helps with the finances.

Rand

President

Ezra Garcia
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I’m running for Rand Hall President because I want this year’s residents to have a spectacular living experience. A school year flies by before you know it, but I think it’s sufficient time to get to know one another, build a solid community, and make life in Rand something to be proud of. As a senior at St. Olaf, I’ve gone through enough residence hall events to see which activities are popular and which are not. I believe I can make fun events happen, with the help of the hall council, in order to foster memorable engagement. I also believe that, together with hall council, Rand Hall can become a more supportive environment for all. As president, I will ensure that all voices in Rand are heard at Inter Hall Council (IHC) and Senate meetings. No issue or concern should bring you down academically or socially—Rand is a “GOOD VIBEZ ZONE!” These are the commitments I’m more than happy to take on. It’d be a privilege to serve as your Rand Hall President!

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
In the past, I’ve held a number of positions both on and off-campus that have refined my planning and organizational skills (I’m not listing my resumé here, but I’d be happy to chat with anyone later and give them resumé tips if they want). I love big, crazy ideas, but at the same time, I can be tight with money when necessary. That said, I’m confident in my ability to get the most out of the resources we have in order to offer Rand residents the best possible living experience this year.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
1. Question Board (where a weekly question is posed and all residents can answer).
2. Rand Movie Nights
3. Karaoke Night
4. Easter Egg Hunt
5. St. Nicholas Day (early Christmas treat for those choosing to participate).
6. BBQ in the front Lawn
7. Block Party Collaboration w/ Kildahl! (bouncy house, BBQ, Dunk Tank, Cotton Candy, etc.).
8. Trivia Night
9…open to other suggestions…


Senator

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Communications Officer

Sara Spanjers
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I’ve been apart of Hall Council since my freshmen year in a variety of positions (Senator, Secretary), and I’ve really enjoyed all of my experiences on Hall Council! I’ve always loved getting to plan events. In high school I was class representative for spirit council where I planned dances, game nights, spirit weeks, etc. for the school. I want to ensure Rand gets events that people are actually interested in (free food, of course) and that residents can engage as much or as little as they want with each event.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
To cover the basics, I am a Junior Biology major with a Neuroscience concentration. Here on campus I’ve done Hall Council every year, I also work in Admissions, volunteer as a St. Olaf Emergency Medical Technician and sit on the executive board of St. Olaf EMT. I have two (super cute) black labs at home that I’m more than willing to send pictures of, and I’m from Minnesota (shocker, I know).

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
In my experience, the things residents will actually show up for are very food based. I’d love to see some passive events like breakfasts on the weekends or late night ice cream where residents can just swing by. I’d also like to see some more engaging events like a scavenger hunt, paint twister on the lawn, or a water balloon fight in the spring depending on people’s interests. Rand can be a pretty solitary hall since we’re all trapped in the stairwells, and you never really have to leave your room for much so it’d be cool to have events where you can actually engage with your neighbors.

Inclusivity Advocate

Kevin Polzin
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
This will help aid my experience with managing money and propelling me into a potential job with accounting for a company in the future. I want to have a chance to work for my community and I don’t think being a floor representative was a good position for my credibility.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I want to play a more important role in the Saint Olaf community. I believe with a solid budget plan I will be able to aid the community common wealth to spend and save money where it is appropriate.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I am very detail oriented and meticulous. When I set myself to a project I make sure it doesn’t have any errors and that everything is accounted for. I am also very creative. I understand that everything can not be perfect and when there are other ways to suffice an expense we should pursue it. I am very personable. When it comes to talking and working with others, I’m very good at helping to keep the conversation flowing.

Treasurer

Nigel Gillespie
he/him

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I’ve been treasurer of Kittelsby Hall (2015-2016) and Thorson Hall (2016-2017). I come into the position with the same, if not more, vigor than I did when I first started the position. I am currently a sophomore; For the past year and a half, I’ve been engaged in activities that would complement this position – skills that I wish to use right away for the position.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
During my stay in Seattle, I’ve been on the board of two 501(c)3 organizations, have a certificate in accounting, and worked as an accounting specialist for half a year.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
Working as an accounting specialist, I’ve handled multi-million-dollar accounts. In that sense, I am good fairly meticulous.

Thorson

President

Claire Shaw
she/her/hers

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Tell us why you are interested in this position.
After being part of Hall Council in my first year, I realized the importance of a strong hall community for creating a safe and inclusive space! Last year, I was the Treasurer for Ellingson and this year I’d like to challenge myself and take a leadership position of greater responsibilities.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a good team player and will commit to organizing fun events throughout the year. I’ll make my best effort to host events that are of true interest for the residents. 
In addition, having been in Ellingson last year, I feel like I know a good amount of people who are know living in Thorson which will facilitate communication.

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
I am excited to: 
1. Continue the tradition of the THC (Thorson Hall Council) party in April.
2. Organize a bonfire during the fall.
3. Have delicious food for food for finals (catering from local restaurants, fresh fruit, and better dietary accommodations)
4. Choose a practical gift for the Hall (that you’re actually going to wear)
5. Try out tray sledding

Senator

Sarah Burt
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I love the interplay of policy and people around the shared goal of improving people’s lives. My interest in senate aligns with my plan to become a lawyer with a specialization in writing policies to support equitable opportunities for everyone. I find policy fascinating and think I have good ideas to bring to senate to make living in Thorson and attending St. Olaf an even better experience.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
Supporting and de-stigmatizing mental health issues is one of my priorities. Last year in senate, I was part of the group that wrote the referendum on mental health. This year, I am part of Greater Than and am eager to bring my passion to that as well. 
I was in senate last year and worked on the Senate Investigations subcommittee. This committee listens to general campus feedback and works to address every concern in a timely manner. I intend to continue this work as your senator.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
This year I would like the Senate to improve communication between the senate and their constituents. The Senate exists to support the students, therefore success depends on the student’s ability to connect with the Senate. The communication channels need to be minimally disruptive to academics and flexible enough for all levels of student interest. 
Some possible tactics to implement improved communications include: general access to Senate agendas that provide the approximate time topics will be discussed, and the location and time of the meetings, making sure attendees know they don’t need to stay the entire length of the meeting, and publicizing this information in consistent, predictable locations, and formats.

Communications Officer

Hibo Mohamed
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
This position would allow me to engage and inform fellow residents about events happening throughout the dorm and collaborate with other hall council members in meeting the needs of our residents. I believe that my experience in communication and public relations will be of value in contributing to our hall council.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.

Last year, I was the public relations officer for the Muslim Students Association and was responsible for the advertisement for the MSA, including posters for events and managing the organization’s Facebook page. This have given me experience in communicating in a clear and concise manner, as well as both planning and advertising events.

I have been apart of the executive teams for the MSA and Karibu, so I have been involved in and familiar to the planning process for both weekly meeting and larger events. 

A critical contributor to successful PR materials is creativity, and I believe my artistic and creative abilities as an artist will be of benefit as a communication officer.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
In addition to sending emails and creating posters, I will listen to other hall council members, as well as residents, to relay both suggestions and ask for input on what type of ideas they have for the hall council as a whole.

Inclusivity Advocate

Treasurer

Daniel Meyer
He/Him/His

Tell us why you are interested in this position
I want to be involved on campus and in my dorm. I enjoy working with the hall council, and enjoy both managing the doors and trying to create enjoyable events. I also want experience leading and managing finances.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I was the treasurer in Kildahl hall last year, and am the treasurer for Cancer Connection. I am familiar with Lawson, and the process of using money for the college. I am an Eagle Scout, and learned a lot about working with people and helping promote discourse, and leading people by example.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I am good at budgeting so money will be spent throughout the year easily, and can advocate for money to not be spent without a plan.

Lauren Markowski
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in being the Thorson Hall Treasurer because I believe I would really enjoy the tasks involved in the position, including maintaining the dorm financials, ordering hall gifts and developing the hall budget. I would also love to get more involved with the planning of Thorson dorm activities and events.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I believe that my skills and experiences align very closely with the responsibilities of the treasurer position. My academic focus provides a great background for this role as I am an economics and mathematics double major with an emphasis in finance and I am taking classes in accounting. I have also performed similar tasks in the past with several organizations that I have been involved with. Specifically, I have prepared a budget and oversaw the financials of a youth ski league and I have coordinated apparel ordering on several occasions.

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I am very organized and detail-oriented, and would ensure that the funds and financials of the dorm are being properly recorded and utilized for the greatest benefit of Thorson residents. Additionally, my experience and skills in Excel, accounting, and general financial management would be helpful in the treasurer position.

Ytterboe

President

Jason Dickmeyer
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I’m interested since Alex has recommended I apply for this President, because she’s a pretty cool AC. Otherwise, it’s an excellent opportunity to get to know my fellow Oles and Ytterboe residents. Furthermore, I’m excited to finally have the availablility to finally participate in the lower levels of student government.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I’m a Chemistry and Computer Science major. I really enjoy socializing and chatting with random people. I like feeling very approachable

What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
All hall Shin-Dig! Gilmore Greetings to meet Alex’s Dog! 
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Senator

Danny Vojcak

He/Him/His

Tell us why you are interested in this position.

The Hall Senator is an honorable and prestigious position in which you have the responsibility of representing your hall in SGA. This includes communicating hall activities and concerns to SGA and the wider student body while also acting as the voice and representative of your dorm residents while in SGA. I believe I am an excellent fit for this position since I have prior SGA experience as the Environmental Senator during my Sophomore year. This would be an excellent leadership position, and I would take it very seriously if fortunate enough to have the opportunity.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?

Again, I can bring my leadership and public speaking/communication skills from serving in SGA in the past to being the Ytterboe Hall Senator. I can also bring my communication and public speaking skills from Mock Trial to this position.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?

I would like to see Senate address expanding awareness of and general study abroad opportunities for students more. This is a huge selling point for St. Olaf that distinguishes it from other liberal arts colleges–we have one of the highest rates of undergraduate participants in study abroad programs. It is essential to keep up the momentum with this, so it would be good for Senate to address ways to maintain this accomplishment and encourage as many students as possible (of all backgrounds and life circumstances) to take advantage of these opportunities (and how St. Olaf can help them to do so).

Communications Officer

Katherine Petersen
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.

When I was a freshman, I was a hall representative in Hill-Kitt and as a sophomore, I played a role in hall council through my job as a JC in Ellingson. Now, as a senior living in Ytterboe for my second year, I want to play a much more active role in hall council as communications officer. I enjoy working with others in a group setting and using that to put on fun events for residents. I love living in Ytterboe and I want to make it an even better place to live through my role on hall council.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.

My strengths lie in my ability to stay organized, be responsible and stay dedicated to what I am involved in. I will use those strengths in this position to become a valuable member of hall council, working with not only the other members of hall council but the residents to make hall events and initiatives successful.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?

As both a member of hall council in larger dorms (such as Hill-Kitt) and a former member of residence life, I have first hand experience with programming for large groups of people. As communications officer, I would make sure that the residents of Ytterboe were informed through various means about events in the hall. Email reminders, posters, facebook posts/events are means that would be beneficial for informing residents about what is happening in their dorm. I especially think timely poster making and emails, that also have a creative element, are essential for reaching the greatest number of people.

Read Karsell
He/Him/His

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I really enjoy being a part of SGA and hall council. I was a hall senator last year, so I’m really comfortable with the workings of hall council and I also have a lot of ideas that I can bring to the table. This year I am the Student Life Senator, but I’ll have time outside of that position and being on hall council is another way that I can contribute to the St. Olaf community. I can also bring ideas or problems addressed in hall council to the Student Life Committee and work with them to explore and implement solutions!

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
As I said, I have a lot of experience in SGA and hall council, so I understand how it all works and what is expected/needed of the hall council to do their very best! I was in student government all through high school, so a lot of those experiences have bettered me as a person and a leader. Over all I try to do my best in everything I do, so should I be elected to this position, I can promise commitment and hard work.

How would you ensure that residents are well-informed and involved in hall initiatives and programming?
I would work to utilize as many different methods of contact to reach as many people as I can. Emails are great when you only receive a few a day, but everyone knows that’s a dream that probably won’t come true during the school year. So I would make posters and find other creative ideas, a long with a few emails, to really optimize hall council’s impact on the student life in Ytterboe!

Inclusivity Advocate

Haley A Gabler
she/her/hers

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in being the Ytterboe Inclusivity Advocate to assure all students’ safety and comfort in our residence hall. St. Olaf takes great pride in it’s intensely residential academic experience, and I believe this model carries a crucial responsibility to uphold values of respect, awareness and sensitivity to the needs of all campus residents.

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
A couple things to know about me include: I have several co-curricular commitments in the Music and Education Departments; I identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and am a strong advocate for this community and other minorities in all arenas!

How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I hope to foster an inclusive environment in Ytterboe by first and foremost, existing as a trusted Hall Counsel member and reliable advocate for all residents to come to about any issues or discomforts in our residence hall. Additionally, I intend to guarantee the safety and inclusivity of all Ytterboe Hall programming, as well as to establish a comfortable, healthy, and welcoming physical and social environment for all Ytterboe residents and visitors.

Treasurer

Emi Kaliski
she/her

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I’ve always wanted to be on hall council and have always been too nervous to apply. I feel that I would excel at budgeting for Hall events because I am frugal myself and have experience working as treasurer of a club in high school

Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am extremely positive and strive to make people around me more comfortable. I find that I learn new things quickly and am a good problem solver

What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I have experience collecting and making sure people give money to pay dues, and am successful at managing my own finances. You can gauge how many people will go to a hall event based on what it is, and I believe I’d be successful in estimating the amount of people who will show up and using the accurate amount of money for that event. Nonetheless, I took accounting last semester so that surely counts for something!

Honor House

Senator

Mikkel Undlin
he/him/his

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
One word: Community. I am so fortunate to be part of such a vibrant and supportive community. This college has given me so much, and the opportunity to give back would be a huge honor. I love connecting with people — and putting others before myself is very important to me.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I am an enthusiastic leader, a hard worker, a team player, and I love bringing people together!

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
I think it’s essential that all voices are heard. I will work my absolute hardest to make sure that happens.

Off-Campus

Senator

Anna V Quanbeck
she/her

Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in this position because I want to help ensure that students living off-campus are still connected to campus events and issues. I want to make sure their concerns are voiced and heard by Senate and that there is a working relationship between the two.

What skills/interests/etc. would you bring to this position?
I am organized, easy to talk to, patient, and committed to serving the student body. I am a clear communicator, and would do my best to represent the interests of students living off-campus.

What is one thing you would like to see Senate address this year?
 would like to see Senate further address the Boe House situation. It’s unclear what its future is, and I want to make sure that future students continue to have easy access to mental health resources.