May 31, 2018

Class Project Brings Changes to SPPD Policy

Catherine Fensom '20 (left) and Liza Leja '20 (right) were among three students who reached out to the St. Paul Police Department about its policies concerning deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Photos provided by students for publication.

For Catherine Fensom ‘20, Liza Leja ‘20 and Pat Schmatz ‘20, a class project last fall provided an opportunity to live out one of the St. Kate’s core values. Tasked with creating a “social justice action plan” in a class on deaf culture, the three American Sign Language (ASL) students decided to look at police relations with the deaf community.

Check out the articles below to learn how these Katie students are taking what they learn in the classroom to lead and influence in the community:

“St. Catherine student project prompts St. Paul police policy change” -- by Chao Xiong, Star Tribune

“St. Kate’s students help change the way St. Paul police make arrests” -- by Mara Gottfried, Pioneer Press