Meet Your 2020-21 Legislative Body

Class of 2021


Fatiya Kedir ’21

President
fkedir@macalester.edu

Office Hours:

PGPs: She/Her/Hers
Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I think my committee’s overarching goals are to build more transparent and stronger connections with different aspects of the student body. This is shown in projects that focus on food insecurity, anti-hate campaigns, or just providing support or fundings to amazing organizations on campus that can reach even more students. We do a lot of administration stuff that gets a little repetitive but equally as important. My goals for myself are to try to connect with as much range of people(s) and groups on campus as I can and really engage their passions, interests, and ways that I can represent their voice as accurately as possible. My goal for SSRC is to do a more methodical collection of these holes on campus and really tug at resources in and outside of Mac to fill them.

 


Hannah Gilbert ’21

FAC Chair

hgilbert@macalester.edu

Office Hours:
PGPs: She/Her/Hers
Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I am a senior biology major with a biochemistry emphasis and a chemistry minor.  I have been involved with MCSG since my sophomore year and currently have the pleasure of chairing the Financial Affairs Committee!  In addition to my MCSG responsibilities I am the Co-President of MacEMS/Macalester First Aid, our on-campus emergency medical service, and also co-lead the Macalester Unitarian Universalist group.  Outside of Mac I work nearly full-time as an Emergency Department Technician, originally at St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown St. Paul and now over at Maple Grove Hospital.  When I can find a bit of free time I enjoy baking, knitting, backpacking, and cross-country skiing. 

 


Mandy Ortiz ’21

Senior Class Representative

aortiz@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers
Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I want to pass some initiatives that will help Mac students financially and want to continue helping address issues about the module system. A lot of the work I hope to be doing on MCSG will be working closely with Fatiya and initiatives started in IIC.

 


Finn Odum ’21

Senior Class Representative

fodum@macalester.edu

PGPs:
Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I want to work towards easing access for low-income students at Macalester, which includes bettering financial aid programs and access to emergency funds at Mac. I think MCSG is a good place to work towards this goal, but I am not afraid to go around them.

 


Joseph Bentley ’21

Community Engagement Officer, SOC Member

PGPs: He/Him/His
Who I am and what I hope to accomplish: My one true goal is to be a liaison between the student body and the administration. Alone, I have nothing. But with the help and support from my class and all other Macalester students, I believe I can better address the emotional and physical toll that comes from living and working in a top tier liberal arts college. We live in a community of hardworking individuals who are passionate about what they do. And in a community that thrives based on its diversity, I bring my compassion and dedication to ensure that every individual has a unique and memorable Macalester experience.

 

Class of 2022


Felicia Peterson ’22

Junior Class Representative
fpeterso@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I am an optimistic go-getting kind of gal who enjoys puns, sunscreen, and attempting to be vegetarian. Some of my goals include trying to improve the assimilation to college life and use/destigmatize campus resources, such as Disability Services and Counseling. I hope to engage with non-domestic students by working to address issues that are unique to their status, building off the equity work of previous years to improve inclusion and accessibility, and facilitating the transition for students as they move through college, especially with regards to these current times.

 


Julian Bonilla Diaz ’22

Junior Class Representative (spring), FAC

PGPs: He/Him/His

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish:I’m a Junior Biology student from Naples, FL. I’d love to coordinate with students and faculty on ways to mitigate the strain placed by social distancing, both mentally and academically. Despite remote learning, it’s important to provide such welcoming spaces for all who have an interest in it. Furthermore, I’d like to increase student trust and knowledge of MCSG, a task all the more difficult yet important during these times. A rift was present already prior to COVID and despite close physical proximity, nowadays the relation naturally only worsens. It’s important to mend the said rift.

 


Linden Kronberg ’22

Junior Class Representative, SOC
lkronber@macalester.edu

PGPs: He/Him/His
Who am I and what I hope to accomplish:Hello! My name is Linden, and I’m a junior here at Macalester. I’m an IS major, and I hail from southeast Michigan. As a junior class representative, I’m passionate about addressing classism at Mac. I didn’t grow up well-off, and I’ve often felt out of place at Mac as a result. I know that our economic backgrounds can affect us all in very different ways depending on our own histories; thus, I believe any effort to fight classism must be holistic. That’s why I’m advocating for increased mental health services, greater ease of finding off-campus counseling through the Hamre Center, and trauma-informed instruction training for faculty.

 


Ayana Smith-Kooiman ’22

Junior Class Representative, SOC
asmithko@macalester.edu

PGPs:

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I am an empathetic soul who listens to others and tries to put myself in their shoes so that I may have a better understanding of where they are coming from. Despite this, I am also someone who knows what I want, what I believe, and why I hold my views strongly, so if someone were to try and persuade me in a different direction it would take a good argument to do so. I think this makes my goals at Macalester, and working with others to achieve them, so attainable. I hope to create cultural change at Macalester where students can receive the prestigious education they came for while also upholding their other community and familial obligations and taking care of their physical, emotional, and mental health. Right now, that is through meetings with administrators and discussions with the student body about what these cultural changes might look like and then working with other communities to accomplish them.

 


Angela Nguyen ’22

Junior Class Representative, SOC
anguyen3@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I want to work to create a better space for BIPOC and low-income students at Macalester. I want to work to create greater accessibility for mental health services at Mac, especially focusing on targeting and building resources for BIPOC and low-income students. I also want to address community building for first-year students, especially during distance learning. 

 


Shreya Nagdev ’22

Vice President, Student Services and Relations Committee Chair

PGPs: She/Her/Hers
Who I am and what I hope to accomplish: My goals in MCSG are to help simplify the long roundabout way that we get initiatives through. That means I want MCSG to work on initiatives that actually help students rather than ourselves and come to meetings prepared. As chair of SSRC, one of my main goals is to use the community chest to fund initiatives started by BIPOC students. Within the committee, we are working to bring Title IX to the task, as well as working with Financial Aid and Student Employment to help students through the pandemic and in the future.

 


Alice Pham ’22

Junior Class Representative, SSRC

PGPs: She/Her/Hers
Who I am and what I hope to accomplish: I’m currently a junior with a biology major and a community and global health concentration. Ever since I came to Macalester, I’m involved with Diversity and Inclusion programming on campus through QuestBridge, the DML, and many more. As important as these programmings are, I realized that structural changes within Macalester need happen as well if this institution wants to align with its pride as a progressive institution. Through MCSG, I hope to make those changes at Macalester, whether they’re small or big, that positively impact students on campus.

 

 


Alexandra O’Farrell ’22

Junior Class Representative
aofarrel@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Who I am and what I hope to accomplish:

 

 

Class of 2023


Inaara Peermohammed ’23

Sophomore Class Representative, SSRC
ipeermoh@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: My name is Inaara (she/her/hers) and I am from Chandler, Arizona. Some things I hope to accomplish this year at Macalester is to try to address the challenge of being distant from one another during these pandemic times. I want to ensure every student at Macalester has an equal opportunity to use the resources our college provides, while also opening up access to other platforms for students to utilize in order to make their lives more convenient.

 


Rebecca Gentry ’23

Sophomore Class Representative, Speaker of the House, FAC, Title IX Advisory Committee
rgentry@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I’m from Dayton, Ohio. My friends have described me as passionate, outgoing, and kind. I sincerely love meeting new people and getting to know them! One of my top priorities is making sure everyone at Macalester feels welcome, safe, and respected in all circumstances. I especially value discussions about sexual respect and destigmatizing mental health challenges.

 


Austin Wu ’23

Sophomore Class Representative
awu1@macalester.edu

PGPs: He/Him/His

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish: I am from the Minneapolis suburbs, I took a gap year between high school and college which I spent working. I am majoring in political science and economics. I care a lot about financial equity at Mac, and I hope to address the structural inequalities that prevent lower-income students from accessing the full Macalester experience

 


Colman Smith ’23

Sophomore Class Representative
csmith16@macalester.edu

PGPs:

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish:

 


Lola Brown ’23

Sophomore Class Representative, AAC
lbrown11@macalester.edu

PGPs: She/Her/Hers

Who am I and what I hope to accomplish:  I wish to be an engaged member of the Macalester community, and to help others be as engaged as possible as well. This will benefit me, my peers, Macalester as an Institution, and our Twin Cities community as well. I expect this to look differently from year to year and for different people, but MCSG will play a big role in my ability to make Mac a communal space for myself and my peers.

 

 


Class of 2024


Eric Yu ’24

First-Year Class Representative
eyu@macalester.edu

PGPs: He/Him/His

Who I am and what I hope to accomplish: I moved from China to Amherst Massachusetts. I’m an activist by nature. Therefore, I’m excited to represent and advocate for our first-year community. Throughout this year, I’m hoping to reach out to my fellow first years and create a tight-knit community. Especially during these hard times, a close community is important. I want to prioritize making our community feel welcomed. Along with representing our values and creating a welcoming atmosphere for our community, I wish to push climate justice into the center of Macalester. I believe that climate change and social justice should never be separated. As Mac students, we can show the world that we care for climate justice.

 

 

 


Haris Ahmed ’24


First-Year Representative

 

PGPs: He/Him/His
Who I am and what I hope to accomplish: I was born in an active warzone in Pakistan but spent most of my childhood moving across 10 cities in 5 countries in 4 different language regions. The resilience and adaptability I developed moving from place to place taught me to listen before I speak. Living in a state of constant change made me crave continuous innovation, and I see my work as an extension of just that.

What I want to do:

  • Represent YOU
    • Your problems
    • Your concerns
    • Your ideas
    • Your solutions
  • Improve Accessibility
    • To Class Timings for remote students
    • To Academic Resources
    • Designing an online platform for instant 24/7 Question/Answering for the Mac community – for every question you help with, you get cashable points for Cafe Mac, the Highlander etc.
    • To Mental Health Resources
    • By making mental initiatives more student-driven. Trained students will be the first respondent – who get the conversation going – and can then refer you to the professionals on campus.
    • To Resources allowing YOU to stand up to injustices
  • Sparking Innovation//Strengthening the Community
    •  Initiating a “STUDENT EXPERIENCE” fund
    • Networking nights for Mac students to connect to students across years and departments.

 


Mariah Loeffler-Kemp ’24


First-Year Representative, SOC Member

PGPs: She/Her/Hers
Who I am and What I Hope to Accomplish: As a first-year representative, I want to continue to strengthen our community so that every student is welcomed and embraced. I plan on focusing on increased communication and community building between administration, student government, and students so that everyone’s voices are heard. I also want to work to overcome all of the divides that our First-Year class is facing because of coming into college at such a weird time. Overall, I am looking forward to learning more about Mac and building connections within our student body this year 🙂

 


Bobbie Pennington ’24


First-Year Representative, SSRC Member
bpenning@macalester.edu

PGPs: He/Him/His
Who I am and What I Hope to Accomplish: Hi! My name is Bobbie, I’m a first-year from eSwatini, Southern Africa, and I’m one of your First-Year Representatives on MCSG! I always say that I’m “the guy on the ground” – the guy who you can call when you really need them. I’m on the SSRC so I deal with a vast array of student issues and concerns about student life, both on and off-campus. In my time on MCSG, all I hope is that my peers feel fully represented. I made it clear that I was not coming into this role with policies to implement and practices to overhaul. I came into this position ready to listen to what you needed and act accordingly. Now, I’m doing my best to ensure that happens.

 


Sami Banat ’24


First-Year Representative
sbanat@macalester.edu

PGPs:
Who I am and What I Hope to Accomplish: