Multicultural & International Programs & Services (MIPS)

Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of color.


  • who we are

    Providing Support and Resources to Students of Color

    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.


contact us

St. Paul Campus
Coeur de Catherine | Room 280
651-690-6784
mips@stkate.edu

Minneapolis Campus
Old Main | Room 121
651-690-7866
crcowens@stkate.edu

  • what we offer

    Programs


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)
The Asian Women's Association is a networking organization for Asian women. The Asian Women's Association represents the interests of Asian students, educates and promotes awareness of Asian cultures and issues and perspectives to the university community.

Black Student Association (Email)
The Black Student Association provides an environment for all black students on campus to discuss issues—past, present, and future—affecting black students and the needs of black students at the university, as well as the entire community at large.

International Students Organization (SCISO) (Email)
The St. Catherine International Students 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 American students who are interested in learning more about other cultures. A few SCISO events include Dandia, Africa Night, International Education week, and International Potluck.

Latina Student Association (Email)
The Latina Student Association provides a system of support for Latina students, brings greater awareness of issues concerning Latina students, and offers service to the broader Latina/o community in the Twin Cities.

Muslim Student Association (Email)
The Muslim Student Association provides a community of support, services, activities, and interaction to all Muslim students at St. Kate's. MSA sponsors Ramadan Awareness Day. They host a dinner and a fast-a-thon, sponsor a speaker, and coordinate a food drive.

Southeast Asian Student Association (Email)
The Southeast Asian Student Association (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)
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.

Women of Color (Email)
Women of Color celebrates and fosters an appreciation of diversity through the creation of a safe and supportive environment. The group strives to educate themselves, the community and sisters of all ages. It aims to provide a system of support for students of color and to actively deal with issues relevant to women of color. Women of Color sponsors clothing drives, hosts spoken word events, and holds potlucks.

Multicultural Circle (Minneapolis) (Email)
The Multicultural Circle is an informal discussion group which meets weekly on the Minneapolis Campus and gives students an opportunity to talk about current issues and programs, and any concerns they might have. The MC Circle provides students with space to explore and develop their voice and see what they have in common as well as appreciate their cultural diversity. The social gatherings are informal. Come join the fun and conversation.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the MIPS Office. Applications will be available online and in the MIPS Office in the early spring.

Shadow Days are a chance for St. Kate's students to have high school girls of color from around Minnesota shadow them to experience a "day in the life" of a St. Kate's student.

In both the fall and spring semesters, high school students come to St. Kate's from around Minnesota to spend a day here accompanying a current student. This is a great way for them to get to know the campus, but also a great way for them to understand a day in the life of a college student.

Participating
If you are a current student interested in participating, please visit the MIPS office and sign up. Each person that participates in a Shadow Day experience earns money for a Student organization.

If you have any questions regarding this program or how else you could participate please visit our office or call 651.690.6784.

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.

Students from around the world
Families have an important role in shaping the experience of young women from all over the world. These are some of the countries students have traveled from to study at St. Kate's: Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Gambia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Some stay for a full 4 years and some for just a semester or year.

Think of her as your daughter
As part of the program, the University will consider the student of the family to be their “daughter” and subsequently the Friendship Family will be invited to Parent Weekend, for example, or to send their “daughter” a basket of fruit or a rose to encourage them during exam periods.

International Potluck
At the end of the school year, the MIPS office hosts a large potluck dinner of international food, education and entertainment, to which all Friendship Families and international students are invited.

Expectations
We ask that you:

  • Pick her up at the airport when she first arrives and house her the first night
  • Help her move into her residence hall
  • Initiate contact and befriend her to help ease the initial adjustment period
  • Introduce her to U.S. culture, e.g. invite her over for home-cooked meals
  • Inform the MIPS office of progress and difficulties

You are not asked to:

  • Host her overnight or during vacations unless you want and are able to
  • Give her any money or provide any services that are inconvenient

Resources
The Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) office administers the Friendship Family Program and the staff members are available as resources for any questions participants may have.

Understanding Unity, Creating Community
You don't have to feel like you're the 'only one'! Join a student of color group that helps reduce isolation, explores racial identity development, internalized racism and strategies for creating systemic change.

White Allies Group
This is a group available for students to discuss white privilege and how to utilize it to fight oppression.

Heartwork & 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.

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).

Fall 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 2-day experience takes place at a True Friends Conference and Retreat Center. Throughout the weekend, retreat participants will have a chance to:

  • 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

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.

Join us November 10 from 6–9 p.m. in Rauenhorst Ballroom. This event is free, but registration is required. Register online at stkate.edu/womenofcolor.

  • Multicultural Institutes

    St. Catherine University wants to prepare multicultural students for the higher education experience. Whether you’re enrolled in high school or have taken an educational hiatus after graduation, our First Step and Step-by-Step Institutes will have you ready, and excited, for college.


Preparing young women of color for higher education, the First Step Summer Institute is a free and unique college immersion experience offered at our St. Paul campus.

Step-by-Step Institute is a unique preparation program focused on students of color who have graduated from high school and have taken a break, but now wish to pursue a university education. It is open to all students of color who have been accepted to St. Catherine University on the Minneapolis Campus who have not yet earned a BA/BS degree or associate degree.

The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to explore and identify career options, build study skills, work with university faculty, staff and students and interact with community.

Upon successful completion of the program, individuals receive a scholarship for up to $1500/year to attend St. Catherine University.

In this exciting two-day program, you will prepare for a successful transition into university life as you:

  • Learn about academic expectations
  • Explore ways to finance a university education
  • Learn more about other cultures on campus
  • Develop successful study and test-taking skills
  • Connect with students re-entering the educational system
  • Assess writing and language skills
  • Address math anxiety
  • Explore career interests
  • Get connected to University resources to help you succeed

Program Objectives

At the completion of the program, participants will:

  • Be better prepared for your university career
  • Have a clearer understanding of academic expectations
  • Be more knowledgeable about choices and opportunities for careers
  • Have a network of resources and support services during university
  • Have a portfolio of university information and resourcesApplication Process

Eligibility

To apply for the program, applicants must be:

  • At least 19 years of age
  • A male or female student of color
  • Accepted to St. Catherine University on the Minneapolis Campus to start the upcoming fall
  • Resources


Whether you are an undocumented student yourself, or a faculty or staff member looking for ways to provide support, we have resources to guide you.

View updates and answers to common questions about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as resources for undocumented students and their advocates and allies.

Our mission is to enhance the academic experiences of international students and their families by providing the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming to the St. Catherine University campus.

Our international services assist international students with immigration and employment and tax matters. We also coordinate with other campus offices to develop programming and activities to insure our students are fully integrated into the campus community.

For more information about immigration or school needs, please contact the MIPS Office.

The MIPS Gazette is now available and features some intriguing, interactive articles and stylish multimedia for you to enjoy. Visit the MIPS Gazette to learn about:

  • Various staff members, who we feature in a story in each issue
  • Scholarship, internship, and various student opportunities
  • Upcoming events to attend

We hope you will enjoy our latest submissions!

MIPS Gazette

MIPS maintains a thoughtful collection of books, videos, and DVDS related to multicultural topics, which can be previewed in our office and/or checked out. Each material can be checked out up to 15 days, with an option to renew. If you would like to check out any of the videos or books please visit us in our Coeur de Catherine office on the St. Paul Campus.