2022-2023 Application Update



The first-year application for fall 2023 admission includes several new questions that were written by admissions readers during the office’s annual retreat. Admissions officer Chandler joins Hannah and Mark to preview the additions and discuss the office’s goals for the new questions. This episode is an update to Episode 6: Essays: The Little Stuff, originally released in summer 2020.


Should I Even Apply?



The highly selective admissions process can be daunting and feel discouraging, especially for students who fear that some aspect of their personal circumstances will put them at a disadvantage. Prospective students often ask “Given the very low rate of admission, should I even apply?” Hannah and Mark share insights on how to think realistically about the foundational criteria that make applications competitive and the wide range of personal situations and challenges that officers routinely consider during the contextual holistic review process.


Ep. 48 – Patrick Rose on the Fight to Save Florida’s Manatees



Grazing peacefully through shallow waterways, the Florida manatee is one of the state’s most beloved creatures. Due to a multitude of compounding, human-caused crises, the last couple years have been some of the deadliest on record for manatees. Years of worsening water quality from Florida’s unfettered agricultural pollution and real estate development have resulted in increased toxic algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching the seagrass meadows upon which the manatees depend. In 2021, Florida’s manatees died in massive numbers, with a record 1,100 manatees – more than 12 percent of the state’s total manatee population – perishing. Most died by starvation. In this episode, we speak with aquatic biologist Patrick Rose, the ‘MVP of manatee protection,’ who has worked for more than four decades to propel manatees to public prominence and to translate manatees’ popularity into enforced protections for these animals and their habitat. Rose, the executive director of the Save the Manatee Club, tells us about the heartbreaking cost to these gentle giants of human derelictions, the critical importance of cleaning up Florida’s waterways, and what it is about manatees that has inspired Rose and countless others to fight tirelessly for their future.


Addressing Global Inequality through Sustainable Development: A Conversation with Jeffrey Sachs



On this episode, Dr. Easley is joined by world-renowned economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, who is an expert on sustainable development and poverty economics. The two discuss the parallels between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues in the US and historical inequities on a global scale.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Mental Health on Campus & in Society w/ Stephanie Pinder-Amaker



This week, it’s a joy to welcome a guest whose passion, work, and writing encompasses so many topics at the heart of the Addy Hour. Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker joins to discuss her roles as a mental health provider and program director, and as a Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. Our conversation spans across topics of mental health wellness, mental illness, effective and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion practices, and strategies for navigating work-life juggling. This is truly an informative episode!

Join in to hear Dr. Pinder-Amaker share helpful perspectives on self-care, approaches for team care in our organizations, and daily steps we can use to build resilience – including practices she continues to use in her own life. We also discuss her innovative College Mental Health Program that meets, supports and engages students at various levels of mental health care in settings all over the United States. Finally, we hear about her book, co-authored with Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, entitled “Did That Just Happen?! Beyond Diversity – Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations.” So many gems and practical take-aways in this episode!!


13: Could a New Global Currency Help Avert the Climate Crisis?



Could an economy that directly rewards carbon emissions reduction and sequestration be the solution to the climate crisis? In today’s episode, we explore proposals for a global carbon currency: one unit of currency for one ton of CO2 reduced or removed. We’ll hear from Suzi Kerr (Chief Economist, EDF), Bill English (Professor in the Practice of Finance, Formerly on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), Vanessa Fajans-Turner (Executive Director, BankFWD; Candidate for Congress NY-22), Samuel Kortum (Professor of Economics, Yale University), Frank Van Gansbeke (Professor of the Practice, Middlebury College), and Diana Cárdenas (QOIN Foundation). Read more at pricingnature.substack.com.


The Forests Dialogue: Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement -Part 2: A Conversation with Liz Felker



On the second part this conversation, Dr. Easley is joined by Liz Felker, Associate Director of the Forests Dialogue (TFD) based at the Yale School of the Environment. They discuss the importance of the TFD process and the importance of social safeguards as they relate to DEI.


The Forests Dialogue: Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement -Part 1: A Conversation with Gary Dunning



On the first part this conversation, Dr. Easley is joined by Gary Dunning, Executive Director of the Forests Dialogue (TFD) based at the Yale School of the Environment. They discuss the history of TFD and the importance of inclusive stakeholder engagement in the forestry sector globally.


Addiction Psychiatry, Recovery Journeys, Fighting Stigma and Holding on to Hope, with Myra Mathis



This week, I’m joined by Dr. Myra Mathis, an addiction psychiatrist, clinical leader and community leader, and a person of faith. In this inspiring conversation, Dr. Mathis walks us through her daily experience as a psychiatrist in our present-day society, and she describes what gives her joy in her work. As one who embraces holistic approaches to mental health, she shares practical ways to put that approach into practice. Dr. Mathis also touches on how a better understanding of the science of mental health and addiction can help us understand behaviors in our loved ones and help us fight mental health stigmas. Along with these helpful perspectives, Dr. Mathis stresses the importance of meeting people where they are and the necessity of holding on to hope. This is a wonderful conversation with a true leader who is striving to remove barriers that prevent many of us from moving to a better place of wholeness in our mental health.