Center for Community Work and Learning

About Community Work and Learning

The Center for Community Work and Learning facilitates meaningful community engagement through course-based work, scholarship, and student employment. Through these, we provide students with opportunities to practice critical and creative thinking, living out St. Kate's values of social justice and leadership.

Each year we connect more than 100 Twin Cities organizations with students and faculty across departments, disciplines, and degree levels. These mutually beneficial partnerships foster the learning goals of our students, faculty, and staff, in collaboration with the expressed priorities of our community partners.

Spring 2020 Virtual Symposium
Summer 2020 Virtual Symposium
Fall 2020 Virtual Symposium

Nutrition students lead a healthy cooking workshop for resident students

Each semester St. Kate’s offers over 40 undergraduate and graduate service-learning courses, providing students with opportunities to apply their learning to real-world contexts and engage in critical reflection. Service-learning takes many forms, from one-time group activities to ongoing individual projects.

Service-learning courses

Student Employment and Leadership
America Reads tutors at Rondo Community Library

America Reads
Be a mentor, tutoring youth to achieve math and reading goals. Tutors work at schools and community organizations, with group transportation provided by St. Kate’s.

America Reads

Assistantship Mentoring Program
Collaborate with a faculty or staff mentor as a teaching, research, or program assistant. AMP teams engage in projects tailored to their specific interests.

Assistantship Mentoring Program

Community Leaders Program
Work in a paid position at a local community organization and develop your leadership and professional skills. Positions are often related to one’s academic area of study.

Community Leaders Program

Voter education on the Minneapolis campus
Campuswide Civic Engagement

The Civic Engagement Collective — comprised of students, faculty, and staff — works to create a vibrant, engaging, and respectful campus, encouraging the St. Kate’s community to get involved in our democracy in a variety of ways. Each year the Collective provides voting information and hosts events to facilitate civic learning, skills, and discussions.

St. Kate's Votes

Empty Bowls

Golden seal with words "Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification" written on it in black font.
Carnegie Classification

In 2015, St. Catherine University was one of only 36 private colleges and universities across the nation to receive the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie Foundation praised the University for our “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement."

2019-2020 Annual Report

2018–2019 Annual Report

2017–2018 Annual Report