June 14, 2023 Newsletter


The University of St. Thomas will celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. As a result, most university offices will be closed and there will not be classes held on Monday, June 19.

Linkages Mentor Program Provides Support to First-Year Students

Linkages Mentor Program students.
When first-year student Nadia Khumbah received an email to apply to the Linkages Mentor Program, she knew she wanted to right away. As an international student from Cameroon, Khumbah was nervous about feeling a sense of belonging and finding community so far from home. Since the program is designed for students typically underrepresented at the…
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Tales from the Archives: The Arches

The Arches.
The Arches at the University of St. Thomas have become an unmistakable symbol of the campus, making it difficult to imagine a time when they were not an integral part of the landscape. Surprisingly, they were added to the campus just over 75 years ago. The inspiration for the Arches can be traced back to…
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Hockey Offers Lessons for Life and the Law

When Trevor Jones '09 J.D. was admitted to the University of St. Thomas School of Law, he thought it was missing one thing: a hockey team. As a lifelong hockey player, Jones recognized that his passion for the sport could help balance the academic rigors of law school. When Jones began his 1L year, he…
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Humans of St. Thomas: Insights of a Student From Brazil

Luana Karl.
Luana Karl, who graduated in May 2023 from the University of St Thomas in Minnesota with a major in journalism and minor in political science, had to navigate American college life as a transfer student from Brazil. On top of her studies, she had to polish her English skills and work hard to maintain high…
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Three St. Thomas Community Members Awarded Bush Foundation Fellowships

2023 Bush Fellows
From wanting to improve mental health in communities to providing fresh and healthy foods to school children, three members of the University of St. Thomas community have been named 2023 Bush Fellows, receiving support from the Bush Foundation to continue their work. MA in Counseling Psychology student Noel Nix, social work adjunct faculty member Neerja…
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Dougherty Family College Interns Placed With Investment Firm Castlelake

DFC interns and Castlelake executives
Three Dougherty Family College scholars this summer will get hands-on experience evaluating and managing investment opportunities and financial data for Castlelake, a global private investment firm. The opportunity is a part of an internship program through the two-year college. "This is a learning opportunity for our scholars to gain a deeper understanding about the world…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Participants learn about machining at the Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) session in the Facilities and Design Center. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Yohuru Williams, history professor and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, spoke with the Star Tribune about concerns that companies are losing momentum in their approach to diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Eddy Rojas, executive vice president and provost, recently spoke with Workforce Monitor about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and the university's new Master of Arts in Diversity Leadership program.

John Abraham, mechanical engineering professor, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about how climate change is having a direct impact on daily life this summer, as seen in the form of drought, heat and wildfires.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

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MA in Diversity Leadership Envisions New Era of Professionals

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