Philosophy

Macalester College strives to create  a welcoming environment in which all students can reach their academic potential and have equal access to academic opportunities and co-curricular activities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and assured services. The College is committed to addressing barriers encountered by members of the Macalester community with appropriately documented physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities.

Location and Hours

Kagin Commons

Main Office: Kagin First Floor, Room 125
Lower Office:  Kagin Basement Level, Room 007  (Case Manager,  Testing areas)

Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-696-6974
Fax: 651-696-6698

Who to Contact?

Melissa Fletcher, Director of Disability Services provides oversight to the program, meets with students and monitors campus compliance with federal and state legislation.  As the Director, Melissa provides guidance on campus programmatic Universal Design, determining reasonable individualized accommodations in collaboration with faculty, staff and various campus departments. Melissa’s office is located in Kagin Commons, Room 125. Email her to make an appointment; 

Josie Hurka, Disability Services Coordinator, is the first welcome/contact for most students.  She assists in intakes, scheduling, the arrangement of accommodations including accessible texts and notetakers. She also manages many of the detailed daily operations of Disability Services. Josie’s office is located on the first floor of Kagin Commons outside of room 125.  Stop by or email: or disabilityservices@macalester.edu .

Shayne Fettig-Hughes, Case Manager, provides support for academic and non-academic accommodations, assists with determining reasonable accommodations and assists in the coordination of Disability Services activities and events.  Her office is located in Kagin Basement, Room 007.  Email her make an appointment:

Julie Lucking, Department Coordinator for the (MAX) Macalester Academic Excellence Center, coordinates approved testing accommodations. Julie may be found in Kagin 102. Email

Students who are approved for testing accommodations and need to schedule testing times, please email:  Maxtesting@macalester.edu

Brad Belbas, AIA for Social Sciences, Information Technology Services provides support with Assistive Technology of all sorts and meets with students to both advise and educate on technology systems. Brad’s office is Carnegie 04H. Brad can be reached at