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Messages from Dr. Rivera

2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Imagine, Macalester: May Update – As we look back on the past nine months, one of the things that makes us most proud of the Imagine, Macalester planning process is the degree to which it has engaged the whole community, providing everyone with the opportunity to participate. This was possible because of the tireless leadership of our Strategic Planning Champions. So, once again, we’d like to extend our gratitude to them… (May 20, 2022)
  • Investing in Access – In her “Sounding Board” column for Macalester Today, President Rivera reflects on the college’s long-standing commitment to access. (April 21, 2022)
  • Imagine, Macalester: March Update – Over the past four months, the Strategic Planning Champions have worked hard to create opportunities for you to share your thoughts and feedback as we dream about the future of the college. Along with members of the senior leadership team and our strategic planning liaisons, the Champions have met regularly to review the input from our campus kick-off meetings in mid-November, the town halls with alumni and parents in late January… (March 30, 2022) This message was sent from both President Rivera and Provost Anderson-Levy.
  • Imagine, Macalester: February Update – A huge thanks to our Strategic Planning Champions who have spent the past few months asking for your input and listening to your suggestions. And thanks to all of you for your participation in our Imagine, Macalester process so far. In this message we highlight additional opportunities for engagement as the next stage of the process approaches… (February 16, 2022) This message was sent from both President Rivera and Provost Anderson-Levy.
  • Imagine, Macalester – In her “Sounding Board” column for Macalester Today, President Rivera talks about the strategic planning process. (January 25, 2022)
  • Imagine, Macalester: December Update – Heartfelt thanks to the many of you who already have participated in our Imagine, Macalester strategic planning work. It’s energizing and exciting to hear your thoughts and dreams about the future of the college. We write today with an update on that work, and an invitation to those of you who have not participated yet to please do so… (December 13, 2021) This message was sent from both President Rivera and Provost Anderson-Levy.
  • Onward, Together – President Rivera’s “Sounding Board” column for Macalester Today includes excerpts from her October 9 inauguration remarks. (November 17, 2021)
  • Inauguration Thank You and Strategic Planning Invitation – Thank you to all of you who were able to join us virtually or in person for Inauguration. What a weekend…We also were excited to share more about our strategic planning process (“Imagine, Macalester”) during last Thursday’s Big Questions event…Your input and participation will be critical to creating a strong and inspiring strategic plan that will be used to guide Macalester into the future… (October 11, 2021) This message was sent from both President Rivera and Provost Anderson-Levy.
  • Cultivating Excellence: Snapshots of Five Fall Courses – Each year, our first-rate faculty and staff members offer more than 800 courses for our students. These rigorous and wide-ranging courses challenge our students and help them grow. Academic excellence is a key component of the Macalester experience, and I’m inspired by the work that our faculty and students put in together, as teachers and learners. Here are snapshots of five courses being offered during the fall semester that began Sept. 1… (September 17, 2021)
  • Imagining Macalester’s Future – As my second year at Macalester begins, I am focused on our shared future. In conversations, webinars, comments in meetings, and your direct correspondence to me, you have conveyed a common message: you see amazing potential at Mac, and you are eager to work together to realize it. I write today to share information about the process we have chosen to chart the future of our college. It offers everyone the chance to participate, and encourages all of us to bring our energy, creativity, wisdom, and insights to the endeavor. It will take about a year and will involve every constituency of the college, including those who live and work on campus as well as alumni, parents, and residents of St. Paul neighborhoods… (September 13, 2021)
  • Welcoming Students Back to Campus – When students return to campus this month for in-person learning, in addition to observing these COVID-aware plans, we will welcome the second-largest incoming class in Macalester’s history. We also will re-welcome our sophomore class, whose orientation and first year were altered by the pandemic. I’m proud of the new and creative ways we are building community and connection among students―and applying some COVID-year learnings to programming… (August 12, 2021)

2020-2021 Academic Year

  • Student Summer Research and Internship Experiences – Traditionally, Macalester students have taken part in many different kinds of rewarding summer experiences, from collaborative research opportunities with faculty members to immersive internships in communities in the Twin Cities and around the globe. What are those experiences looking like this summer? (July 14, 2021)
  • What We’re Learning from Offering Summer Classes – This year, for the first time, Macalester offered a “summer module.” Initially conceived to provide students with an opportunity to catch up if they fell behind due to COVID-related factors, we have discovered that this flexible offering is popular with students and is creating new opportunities for collaboration between faculty and staff… (June 17, 2021)
  • Violence and Human Rights in Palestine and Israel – The increased violence over the last few weeks in Israel and Palestine is deeply upsetting. Some Mac students and alumni have been affected personally. Other members of the Mac community who live in the U.S. have loved ones currently in danger… (May 24, 2021)
  • Looking Forward with Hope – In her “Sounding Board” column for Macalester Today, President Rivera reflects on celebrating the Class of 2021 this spring and preparing to welcome the Class of 2025 this fall. (April 23, 2021)

More 2020-2021 Messages

Dr. Rivera meeting with MCSG President Fatiya Kedir. Open Modal

Meet Dr. Rivera

Dr. Rivera talks about her background and describes what drew her to Macalester College.

Meet Dr. Rivera

Dr. Rivera talks about her background and describes what drew her to Macalester College.