Center for Community Work and Learning

About Community Work and Learning

The Center for Community Work and Learning facilitates meaningful community and civic 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.

2020-2021 Annual Report
2020-2021 Community Partners
CWL Spring 2022 Symposium

Nutrition students lead a healthy cooking workshop for resident students
Service-Learning Courses

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 partner with community and campus programs and initiatives for mutual benefit to the community and to student learning. Critical Service-Learning strives to interrogate systems and structures of inequality, question the distribution of power, and seek to develop authentic relationships among students, faculty, and community partners.

Service-Learning Faculty Resources 

Spring 2022 Service-Learning Courses

Summer/ Fall 2022 Service-Learning Courses

Student Employment Programs
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

One of our librarians, Sue Gray, standing in front of a pop-up library cart full of books. She has a Let's Vote sticker on one thumb, which she is holding up.
Campus Engagement

The Civic Engagement Collective The Collective is a group of students, faculty, and staff who work 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 Empty Bowls The St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project began in 2011 when Clay Club students decided that they wanted to join the National Empty Bowls Project. The St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project makes bowls to raise funds for Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers free nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness as well as their caregivers and dependents in the Twin Cities.

Welcoming The Dear Neighbor?  In their collaboration with Mapping Prejudice, the St. Kate’s “Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?” project focuses on facilitating better understanding of housing segregation and subsequent racial inequalities in Ramsey County and beyond through detailed research from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, critical race studies, political science, economics, public health, and data science. The project seeks to learn more about the stories of legal housing segregation in the past in order to better understand our present context and influence better policies in the future.

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."