As a multicultural and/or international student, you will benefit from programs, services, activities, and scholarship help designed specifically to help you get the most out of your St. Kate's experience — and your future.
We provide college-wide educational support on diversity and cultural initiatives and advocate on behalf of international, domestic, immigrant and refugee students of color within the University. MIPS provides time, space and resources to students of color so that we can create a nurturing, expressive and supportive environment.
Now is the perfect time to make friends and become more active within our campus community! To get involved with any of the following organizations, you can attend the activities fair in September or contact the respective organization directly to learn more.
- Asian Women's Association (email@example.com)
The St. Catherine University Asian Women's Association represents the interests of Asian students on campus, educates and promotes awareness of Asian cultures, issues, and perspectives to the University community, and builds a supportive network for Asian students.
- Color of STEM (COS) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Strives to provide a stable foundation and community for students in STEM that are from underrepresented groups, such as students of color and LGBTQ+ students, as well as anyone else interested. COS works to identify resources for underrepresented students in STEM, to bring awareness to the school and community about the need for diversity in STEM and to connect current students with alumni as well as other professionals of color in the STEM field.
- First Generation Scholars League (FGSL)
The First Generation Scholars League’s purpose is to spread awareness and provide additional support for first generation students at St. Catherine University.
- International Students Organization (SCISO) (email@example.com)
The St. Catherine International Student Organization is open to all students, but is specifically organized by and for international students. SCISO encourages respect and understanding for cross-cultural and international backgrounds and encourages support from domestic students who are interested in learning more about other cultures. A few SCISO events include Africa Night, International Education Week, and International Potluck.
- Latina Student Association (LSA) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Latinx Student Association provides a system of support for Latinx students, brings greater awareness of issues concerning Latinx students, and offers service to the broader Latinx community in the Twin Cities.
- Muslim Student Association (MSA) (email@example.com)
MSA provides a community of support, services, activities events, and interaction to all Muslim students attending St. Kate's.
- Nurses of Color
Nurses of Color provides support and a safe space for nursing students of color and empower future nurses to be leaders in addressing healthcare disparities.
- Pan-Afrikan Student Alliance (PASA)
PASA provides current students with a forum for ideas and common interests. The main goal is to allow students to organize social and cultural events that pertain to African culture.
- Southeast Asian Student Association (SEASA) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SEASA aims to unite and empower the Southeast Asian community on campus to spread awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the cultures of Southeast Asia to all students by hosting events and by collaborating with other cultural clubs and organizations on campus. The group is also established to provide a home away from home for students of Southeast Asian descent, where cultural needs can be met in a safe and familiar environment.
- SHE Pab: Voices of Hmong Women (email@example.com)
The mission of SHE Pab is to promote Hmong culture, language, arts and history. SHE Pab's purpose is to enhance cultural awareness through community service, events, and collaborations.
Programs to Assist the University Community
- Corn Bread and Chili Nights
This event series brings together members of the St. Kate's community to share a warm meal and discuss pertinent multicultural and social justice issue that impact our daily lives.
- Graduates of Color Recognition Dinner
MIPS assists students in preparing a semi-formal ceremony and dinner to recognize graduating international students and students of color. This ceremony recognizes both male and female graduates at all degree levels (certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate).
- Heartwork and Other Workshops
These workshops allow the opportunity for authentic dialogue about challenging oppression and dismantling the systems that keeps it in place—specifically fear, ignorance, and power. We offer a variety of trainings to increase multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills for students, faculty, and staff.
- Peer Mentoring
The MIPS Peer Mentoring program provides incoming first year multicultural students with the academic and social support to succeed by pairing them with current multicultural upperclassmen. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a mentor. Applications will be available in the MIPS office in the early spring.
- Fall Leadership Retreat
The MIPS Fall Leadership Retreat provides students a place to learn new leadership skills, connect with other women of color, to reflect on their stories and experiences, and to learn more about themselves and others.
This two-day experience takes place at a True Friends Conference and Retreat Center. Throughout the weekend, retreat participants will have a chance to:
Sometimes, we all need to set time aside to be reflective of our lives and our goals, so that we can nurture parts of ourselves to become even stronger.
Contact us if you are interested in participating. A required deposit of $30 will be returned to you, if and when you attend the retreat.
- Women of Color Full Circle Gathering
St. Kate's graduates of color are invited to dinner and/or dessert at the Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) Women of Color Full Circle Gathering. Reconnect with each other and the MIPS staff, past and present, as well as current students of color as we continue to build relationship one conversation at a time.
This event is free and occurs every other year.
- Friendship Families
The Friendship Family Program matches new international students of St. Catherine University with American families. As friendships develop, students and families have the opportunity to appreciate how others live and look at the world and develop a better understanding of their own culture.
- Participate in team activities and dialogues
- Learn from student-led workshops on topics relevant to their experiences as student leaders and as women of color
- Find time to reflect quietly on their past journey and the journey ahead
- Express their hopes, frustrations, barriers, dreams and stories
- Meet other students of color and create sincere relationships
- Have fun and relax