Halimat Alawode '17

Women and International Development

I’ve learned during my time at St. Kate’s — and from life in general — that when you invest in women, you invest in the whole community.

hometown

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

deciding on a major

With a passion for human rights, Halimat knew she wanted to be a policymaker. Her major’s interdisciplinary approach — encompassing economics, women’s studies, biology, political science, communications and sociology — was the perfect fit.

“My goal is to use economics to specifically target women of color for the economic development of whole communities. I’ve learned during my time at St. Kate’s — and from life in general — that when you invest in women, you invest in the whole community. So if you want to see a community rise up, the best way to achieve that is through the women in the community.”

building experience

Through St. Kate’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research program, Halimat co-authored the research paper “Inequality of Opportunity: Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa” with Assistant Professor Caroline Krafft. The pair presented at the 2016 Middle East Studies Association conference.

Halimat also took full advantage of resources at St. Kate’s Community Work and Learning. She secured an internship via its Career Ready program with the Advocates for Human Rights, and served as a research assistant for Professor Maria Tzintzarova through AMP, or the Assistantship Mentoring Program.

Beyond campus, Halimat was an intern for Congressman Keith Ellison and the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, as well as the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

advice for students

“Ask for what you need. The worst they can do is say no. Build up your skills then offer to give back.”