Center for Community Work and Learning

Connecting Campus and Community

The Center for Community Work and Learning (CWL) facilitates meaningful engaged learning through community-engaged courses, student employment programs, and civic engagement. Through mutually beneficial partnerships with more than 60 organizations, we provide opportunities for students to practice critical and creative thinking, living out St. Kate's values of social justice and leadership. CWL is part of the Office of Scholarly Engagement.

2021-2022 Annual Report

Fall 2023 Symposium

Nutrition students lead a healthy cooking workshop for resident students

Community-Engaged Learning

Each semester, more than 30 undergraduate and graduate courses collaborate with organizations on experiences that support student learning goals and benefit community partners.

Community-Engaged Learning 

Student Employment Programs

America Reads tutors at Rondo Community Library

America Reads
Be a mentor, tutor youth. 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

Civic Engagement The Civic Engagement 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 be involved in our democracy.

St. Kate's Empty Bowls Empty Bowls is an initiative of the St. Kate's Clay Club, which use the power of (making) art as a way to raise funds and awareness of food insecurity.

Welcoming The Dear Neighbor?  WTDN is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged research project on housing segregation and racial inequalities in Ramsey County and beyond.

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."