A Call for New Leadership at St. Olaf College

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Zachary Greimann
1 year ago
St Olaf has a strong foundation of whiteness at the core of it's "school culture" and identity. It needs to change. If it doesn't, I plan to never donate or endorse the school. But I am excited at the idea of what could happen if St Olaf put its considerable resources towards becoming a radically new institution centered on equity and inclusion.

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Nicole Nelson
1 year ago
No institution should make anyone feel less than in any way.

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Shayna Melgaard
1 year ago
I support this cause for new leadership. I graduated in 2007 and worked as the Assistant Director of Student Activities from 2007-2009. I will not contribute or encourage family or friends to send their students there without substantial changes like the ones this letter calls for. I would love to one day be proud of the institution from which I graduated. We must do better.

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Steven Miles MD
1 year ago
Student Body President 70-71
Class of '72

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Amanda Carson
1 year ago
St. Olaf deserves better leadership that is more inclusive, more courageous, and more relevant to the needs of students, staff, and alumni.

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Liza Docken
1 year ago
i’m signing this because it is obviously the right thing to do. this petition shouldn’t even have to exist. savvy?
~liza docken class of ‘02

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Gretchen Baglyos
1 year ago
"Ole Culture" = ANTI-BLACKNESS. "Minnesota Nice" = ANTI-BLACKNESS. White staff and stakeholders must commit to doing the messy, lifelong, work of excavating and uprooting racism within themselves FIRST before committing to making institutional change on the "hill."

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Sophia Butler
1 year ago
Many of my friends and professors have spoken about the injustices and racism happening on campus, while that was not my experience there in lies my own white privilege and it’s unexceptable that others would have a less than experience.

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Annika Beck
1 year ago
I learned about antiracist work not from St. Olaf, but from friends who persevered through its toxic environment. St. Olaf needs to assume the moral responsibility to model and teach antiracist behavior. The College can do this if it centers BIPOC students, faculty, and staff experiences.

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Rie Gilsdorf
1 year ago
St. Olaf is regarded as a flagship institution of Minnesota; yet it is just a microcosm of all the disparities we see as a state. Take a leadership stance.