Health Promotion

9 Macalester students jumping on the football field's sideline

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.


Courtney Popp, a sophomore from Royalton, MN, is new to the Health Promotion staff this year. Courtney is a biology major following a pre-med track in hopes of becoming a physician in a pediatric specialty. Her passion for children and healthcare collide with her volunteer position at St. Paul Children’s hospital. Other hobbies include tandem bicycling (currently accepting new partners if you need a lift), scoping out new ice cream shops, jamming out to Beyoncé, and skipping around campus in bright pink crocs. Courtney can always be found at our What The Health events.

Carolyn Filardo is a senior Anthropology major from the Boston area.  Her interest with HIV and AIDS brought her to volunteer at the Minnesota AIDS Project.  A few summers ago, Carolyn worked at a hospital in Malindi, Kenya further expanding her interest in becoming a public health nurse.  Look for Carolyn at our many events.  You will also find her on the club hockey team.

Hannah Lair is the Sexy Education Program Coordinator in Health Promotion. She is a Senior Sociology major from Chicago. She began as a volunteer Sexy Educator her Sophomore year, and began coordinating the program her Junior year. She is grateful and energized to be doing sexual education and violence prevention work at Macalester. You can find her in the Sociology Office in Carnegie if she isn't drinking tea in the Wellness Lounge.

Taylor Muenchow is a senior Biology major who studied in Costa Rica last semester.  She is co-leading the Consent is Mac initiative this year.   She will also be working with mental wellness events and programming.

Miles Keys McKay is a sophomore form Santa Cruz CA.  Miles is excited to re-join the health promotions staff this year to continue working on new and existing programs that help Macalester students stay healthy and happy at Mac. He will be closely involved with organizing student physical activity classes and the "What the Health?" presentations this semester as well as other health promotions projects. Miles is a currently undeclared and is on both the football and the track team.

Shannon Mahedy is a junior from Wall, New Jersey.  Shannon is an International Studies major with a Hispanic Studies minor.  She is a new member of our health promotion staff but she was involved with HWC as a Zumba instructor last year.  An avid traveler, Shannon has been to 21 countries including Iceland where she descended 400 feet into an inactive volcano.  Shannon is co-coordinating the Consent is Mac initiative this year.

 Ian Lock is a unior 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 many of our promotions.  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."

Austin Clowes is a senior 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.