Eight Themes of Engagement

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Eight Themes of Engagement

In 2011, a University task force conducted focus groups with over 100 students to uncover the essential elements of their education — and experience — at St. Kate’s. Faculty and staff were asked the same questions in a separate focus group. Both groups came up with an identical set of themes. Coincidental? We think not. Instead, we believe that it speaks to the authenticity of our mission and campus culture.

Here are the eight themes:

Scholarship and Excellence

St. Kate's offers a number of engaging and challenging academic opportunities to enhance your academic learning. These include the Antonian Honors Program, upper-division courses in Ireland, France or Ecuador; mentoring for a Rhodes, Fulbright or Truman scholarship; and Phi Beta Kappa.

Lead and Influence

Opportunities abound to help you develop into an ethical and effective leader for a multicultural and global society. These include leadership development activities in academic departments, student government and campus clubs.

Engagement

Integrated experiences allow you to find your niche — and strengthen your connection to St. Kate's. You may compete as an athlete, participate as an actor, stage manager or costume designer in a theater production, collaborate with a professor on field research in Iceland, or become a Model UN participant in New York City.

Liberal Arts and Your Program

You'll get a solid foundation in the humanities, arts and sciences — and be prepared to navigate a complex, changing world — with St. Kate's emphasis on the liberal arts. Opportunities to deepen your learning in this area include Core Convocation, double majors and writing-intensive courses.

Social Justice and Spiritual Development

"The Reflective Woman" course, Campus Ministry and the Myser Initiative for Catholic Identity offer experiences to help you understand the spirit and practices of our founders — the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — and develop your own sense of spiritual self.

Meaningful Mentoring

Faculty advising and peer mentoring allow you to develop significant relationships within the University community. These relationships — through the Assistant Mentorship Program, residence halls, and Multicultural and International Programs and Services, for example — will challenge, guide and support your academic and career goals.

Diversity and Global Perspectives

Study abroad and service learning are two of many ways you can understand and honor diversity in all its forms — and explore the responsibilities of being a global citizen. You will also engage in discussions on women, social justice and environmental issues in your classes.

Preparing for the Future

We have a long list of programs to help you plan and implement your academic and career goals after graduation. These include career counseling, job shadowing, alumnae connections, and pre-law or pre-med advising.

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