Health Promotion

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The health promotion program is led by a professional health education specialist. The vitality and energy of the program is enriched by a diverse team of students who work together - offering education and initiatives to enhance the health of their peers. As Macalester students, the student health promotion team offers unique perspectives on their community’s needs and interests.

Our main mission is to create a campus environment in which students feel empowered to make healthy choices for themselves that contribute to their overall personal and academic success.


Alejandra Marin is a junior from Santa Ana, California. Although seemingly quiet when you first meet her, she is funny and engaging.  You may remember her work from Spring Semester 2013 if you were lucky enough to attend 69 Questions: Our Hot and Healthy Trivia Night.

Carolyn Filardo is a sophomore Anthropology major from the Boston area.  Her interest with HIV and AIDS brought her to volunteer at the Minnesota AIDS Project.  This past summer Carolyn worked at a hopsital in Malindi, Kenya further expanding her interest in becoming a public health nurse after her time at Macalester.  Look for Carolyn at our many events including our What the Health kiosk.  You will also find her on the club hockey team.

Camille Erickson is a senior from Chicago majoring in Art History. Along with working with the health promotions team, Camille is the fearless coordinator of the SEXY program. She is a powerful presence with her infectious laugh and her can-do attitude. She also owns several pairs of boots we covet.

David Lopez is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Community & Global Health. David is eloquent about health issues that are important to him. He also has great taste in music- among his major contributions to health promotions are his much appreciated 5k playlists. His good nature and easy going personality are a perfect addition to our staff.

Kathryn Klein, known as Katieis a junior from Washington state. She comes from a long line of "Katies" who have worked at Health and Wellness Center, who have all made an immediate impact. Katie is always ready to think outside the box and look at health from a unique perspective. She has a quirky sense of humor that matches her effervescent wardrobe. She is a music major and her instrument is the viola. Although piano lessons this semester may make her a musical double threat.

Jasmine Nguyen is a first-year student from Hanoi, Vietnam.  While in Hanoi, Jasmine worked in a core team of Hanoi Association of Young Blood Donor Recruiters.  She is interested in global health.  She also loves swimming, cycling, and flowers.  Jasmine is one of our Wellness Lounge staff members.

 Ian Lock is a first-year student from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  A self-proclaimer dog lover, he also loves anything to do with the great outdoors.  His career aspiration is to work as an epidemiologist in the area of cancer research.  You can find Ian working the "What the Health" kiosk as well as staffing the Wellness Lounge.  His motto for this year, quoting the great Jessica Alba, "Thank you to the fans. I do movies for you. Practice safe sex and drive hybrids if you can."

Sam Dolce is a senior from Buffalo, New York, and although he unfortunately has no connections with Mr. Gabbana to order designer condoms, he is a star on the health promotions team. Not shy about anything, he is a energetic presence at any of the health promotion events. Plus have you seen him play dodgeball at our Protect Your Balls tournament? Sam is funny, friendly and everyone's best friend in the HWC.

Sarah Birkholz is a junior from the neighboring community of Shoreview MN. She is a hockey goalie, a rugby star, and record-holder of weight lifts at the Leonard Center Fitness Center. Her skills in organization and details are a perfect match for many of our initiatives including the Anonymous Safer Sex Kits.

Austin Clowes is a sophomore from Lee's Summit, Missouri majoring in International Studies with a minor in Music. Although a classical guitarist, Austin is also part of various jazz groups on campus including MacJazz.  Austin uses his bike to explore the Twin Cities community - finding remote coffee shops and great music along the way.  You can find Austin at our health promotion events - friendly and welcoming.