Discover how a first-generation St. Kate’s student is helping others with the transition.
When Mirna Serrano started at St. Catherine University in 2014, she was overwhelmed with all the typical decisions and life choices that confront most first-year students. Not only did she need to learn how to manage her academic schedule, she also had to wade through the complexities of financial aid and find a job (or in her case, three) to help pay for tuition.
More than 19 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at Minnesota’s private colleges were students of color in fall 2014.
More than 19 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at Minnesota’s private colleges were students of color in fall 2014.* That’s an increase of 2 percentage points over fall 2013. This growth in diversity mirrors an increase in the number of students of color graduating from Minnesota high schools, who accounted for 19 percent of graduates last spring.
Creating a culture of inclusion is a key part of improving the college experience for black men. A recent event provided resources and opportunities.
While Minnesota’s Private Colleges support diversity as a whole, our campuses also promote culturally-specific programming that meets the unique needs of different groups.
One such effort was the second annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men, which took place at Macalester College, Nov. 9-10. The event featured speakers, discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities for black men. It was sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council.
As Minnesota's population has become increasingly diverse, the share of students and faculty of color at our institutions have grown too. View the latest data about faculty of color in Minnesota and hear perspectives from two of our institutions.
When Sarah Park joined St. Catherine University in 2009 as an assistant professor of Library and Information Science, she was excited about the school and its support of her own research interests. Park studies the information-seeking behaviors of Korean adoptees searching for answers about their past and she plans to develop a model that might also be applied to other adoptee communities.