Multicultural Student Engagement & Research Colloquium

On Tuesday, May 3rd will be hosting another colloquium this semester! It will be held in Whitby 121 from 6:00-7:30. Three students will present their research projects that were conducted using previously collected data on implementing Triple P for high-risk families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS).

Our student presenters are as follows:

  • Amanda Rodarte will discuss her research, focusing on intergenerational anxiety and depression in CPS-involved families.
  • Gabrielle Vincent will discuss her research, that is centered around the relationship between discrimination and trauma history, specifically, in relation to risk factors such as low empathy and belief in corporal punishment.
  • Rochelle Vincent will discuss her research, focusing on children’s resiliency and adaptability, as they relate to parents’ social support.

These students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Keri Pinna, will  discuss how to become engaged in research. We invite you to join us in discussing these research topics, research opportunities, and self-advocacy, as well as your roles as student leaders here at St. Catherine University.

The flyer for the colloquium can be found here.

Questions? Contact Dr. Keri Pinna at


Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

April 26 Colloquium

Our fourth colloquium will be held on Tuesday, April 26th, in Mendel 101 from 12:00-1:00. Please join us in learning about “Feisty” Latina: The Cost of Being Outspoken in Higher Education from five Latinas in different stages of Academia.

We will have students, staff, and faculty on the panel. The guest speakers are as follows:

  • Maria Pabón, Ph. D., Assistant Professor in Psychology at St. Catherine University
  • Arien Telles, Graduate Student
  • Faustine Cuevas, Academic Adviser
  • Minerva Muñoz, Director of Upward Bound
  • Hiedi Barajas, Ph. D., Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota

The panel will discuss the realities of penetrating the adobe ceiling of higher education.


Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Colloquium Number Two: Media Exposure

Be sure to attend our next colloquium entitled,  Effects of Idealized Media Image Exposure on Eating Behavior and Appearance Anxiety. The colloquium will be presented by Alexi Thompson in Mendel 101 next Tuesday, 4/12, over the free hour 12:00-1:00.

Alexi has collaborated with Assistant Professor Dr. Anaya Mitra on an experimental study examining whether the consequences of media exposure on women’s body image impacts their eating behavior.

The study was conducted here on the St. Kate’s campus with 63 students. Under the guise of an advertisement study, the students were randomly assigned to view different media images, while simultaneously invited to help themselves to snacks.

Afterward, participants completed questionnaires pertaining to eating behavior, appearance anxiety, and media influence. The unexpected results of these questionnaires highlight the complexity of women’s experiences and identities, which will be discussed at the colloquium next Tuesday.Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 10.00.24 AM

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Psychology of Microaggressions- Fall 2016

We are excited to announce our topics course for the Fall 2016 semester! PSYC 4994: Psychology of Microaggressions taught by Professor Maria Pabón Gautier. The class will be taught as a hybrid – it will only meet in person a few times during the semester.  The complete schedule is below.

The course will explore and strengthen leadership in diversity and anti-bias education. Students will become agents of social change, advocacy, and social justice. As agents of change students will promote societal understanding, affirmation, and appreciation of differences in the damaging effects of individual, institutional, and societal forms of oppression based on stereotyping and discrimination.

The psychological, emotional, social, political, and economic microaggressions that individuals experience in today’s culturally diverse and complex human encounters will be addressed. The course uses the term diversity to include aspects of identity stemming from race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, class status, education, religious/spiritual orientation, and other cultural dimensions.

Students will develop skills for increasing awareness, perceiving, believing, evaluating, and behaving in different cultural settings. The course provides educational tools to help learners become more responsive to human rights and the impact of microaggressions on the psychological, emotional and social well-being of underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Schedule: Day students can take the class that meets on Mondays (5:15-6:30 pm) on 9/26, 10/17, 11/7, 11/28 and 12/12.
Adult learners can take the class that meets on Wednesdays (5:15-6:30 pm) on 9/28, 10/19, 11/9, 11/28 and 12/14.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 or 1001

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies