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What is the Political Awareness Committee? 

A committee that works to push the St Olaf community to develop a critical consciousness to the place we occupy, and our positioning in the world. PAC works to have events that radically change our ways of being in this world, through an intersectional approach that enables students within the committee to grow and learn. While also pushing the wider student and faculty body to be exposed to events that will cause a radical examination of their world and life.

What kind of programming PAC offers to the St. Olaf Community?

PAC is a programming SGA branch, which means that we are responsible for putting together events and social gatherings. PAC offers a diverse range of poetry readings, film screenings, book discussions, political education and actions, workshops, lectures, and more. We host a fall and spring speaker. In the past, PAC has hosted Angela Davis, Cornel West, Tarana Burke, and Dolores Huerta. If members of the community would like to collaborate with PAC, we’ll be more than happy to. You do not need to have membership from an organization, as long if you have an idea for an event and would like to collaborate with PAC, let’s talk! 

Who can join PAC? When can we apply to PAC?

Anyone from all class years can apply to PAC. You do not need to be experienced in any kind of way, PAC and SGA offer training to new members. PAC application can be found on Oleville. There are no deadlines. Before applying to PAC, ask yourself these questions.

  • Am I willing to accept that I could be wrong on certain issues and am I okay with being wrong/misinformed? am I willing to do better? 
  • Am I joining PAC because this could benefit my academic/professional career, or because I am truly interested in collectively building a better and just future and liberation for all people? Am I being led by love or ego? 
  • Can I prioritize, honor, respect, and believe in BIPOC's voices and experiences?

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Why does PAC only represent one side of the political spectrum? Shouldn’t PAC represent liberal and conservative views? 

PAC is not interested in being limited to the U.S political binaries. PAC mission and goal is rooted in centering the untold stories into light that even our own college refuses to do. Our commitment to justice transcends political parties. If we are interested in any kind of questions of freedom or liberation, then we have to think of the deep ways in which the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and white supremacy affect people beyond self-governance and at the state level. We are interested in the world around us, not just what occurs in the U.S. Additionally, this question is only brought up when PAC highlights issues that affect BIPOC communities. Ask yourself: is there a space on campus where BIPOC’s and other marginalized members have the ability to authentically narrate their own stories and experiences without fear of retaliation, violence, and suppression? If you are interested in false equivalence, then please refer to the other political organizations on campus. If you know, you know lolz. 

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A committee that works to push the St Olaf community to develop a critical consciousness to the place we occupy, and our positioning in the world. PAC works to have events that radically change our ways of being in this world, through an intersectional approach that enables students within the committee to grow and learn. While also pushing the wider student and faculty body to be exposed to events that will cause a radical examination of their world and life.

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PAC Members

Helena Skadberg
Helena Skadberg

skadberg1@stolaf.edu

To me, PAC is a safe space that pushes individuals and the St. Olaf community to engage in political discussion and learning while providing opportunities that promote personal growth and engagement with social change.  

    Anna Mulhern
    Anna Mulhern

    mulher2@stolaf.edu

    To me, PAC is all about working for justice through building community and centralizing marginalized folks and their narratives.

      Raveena-Flor Lalwani
      Raveena-Flor Lalwani

      lalwan1@stolaf.edu

      PAC is a safe space in which all individuals are welcome to have a discussion and listen to other opinions. Through this platform, one can learn and understand the topic firsthand from an individual that has taken the time to study it or has even lived it. Alongside that, PAC is not a means limited to the individuals in the organisation- it rather spreads the word to campus and welcomes anyone to join their guest speaker’s conference in addition to their other planned events. It is a team that is open for anyone and everyone.

        Kana Araya-Kjeseth
        Kana Araya-Kjeseth

        arayak1@stolaf.edu

        PAC is a place to go to when you want to learn and understand the issues and unrest in society. It is a great place to educate yourself, see new perspectives, and take action.

          Maren Shawdi Assef
          Maren Shawdi Assef

          assef2@stolaf.edu                  PAC allows me to both share information about global issues that matter to me, as well as gain awareness of political events that are not otherwise discussed much on campus.

            Helen Clanaugh
            Helen Clanaugh

            clanau1@stolaf.edu

            PAC to me means having conversations about imagining a world outside of electoral politics where BIPOC folks, Queer folks, women, people with disabilities, and low income folks have the resources to thrive and live joyful and abundant lives. It means building a community where people have the resources to learn about liberation, abolition, and de-colonization and where we speak and manifest these things into existence.

              Larissa Rabelo Santana
              Larissa Rabelo Santana

              rabelo1@stolaf.edu

              PAC to me means to build an intentional community grounded in decoloniality.

                Camila Avila Martinez
                Camila Avila Martinez

                avilam1@stolaf.edu

                What PAC means to me is creating a space political education from an intersectional lens. In addition, provide the means to develop critical thinking skills through the works of scholars, organizers, and community members.

                  Steve Romenesko
                  Steve Romenesko

                  romene1@stolaf.edu                   To create opportunities for many to learn, understand, and critically think about the world we live in and their place in it

                    Danely Quiroz
                    Danely Quiroz

                    she/her/hers                        My vision for PAC this year is to continue casting a light on issues such as orientalism, colonialism, dialectics, anti-imperialism, third world feminism, national liberation, and perspective of the state to a broader community aside from Northfield.

                      Lily Galic
                      Lily Galic

                      she/her or they/them galic3@stolaf.edu                        PAC promotes truth and justice. It aims to inform, spread awareness, and open dialogues about current national and international political and social issues or events, and calls on students to act on these issues.

                        Alyssa Vue
                        Alyssa Vue

                        vue11@stolaf.edu

                        PAC is a huge opportunity to critically reflect on politics, history, and more. It pushes me to learn what means to think about people outside of my bubble, and is a place devoted to the inclusion, discussion, and mission of understanding and making all voices heard.

                          Grace
                          Grace

                          standing up for what's right

                            Sannah Arvidson-Hicks
                            Sannah Arvidson-Hicks

                            avids1@stolaf.edu

                            PAC is an open place for developing social awareness in community. PAC causes us to think critically about our spaces, uplift narratives, share about pressing global issues, and learn from one another.

                              Aya Aboudou
                              Aya Aboudou

                              aboudou1@stolaf.edu

                              PAC is a way for me to put effort into actual change. I always find myself having certain opinions and ideas about events from PAC but I realized that talking about it doesn't do much and being a member allows me to listen to others as well as bring my own perspective.

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