As the St. Joseph Worker for the Center for Community Work and Learning, Laura Haynes has significantly impacted the office and the St. Kate’s community. The St. Joseph Worker Program is a one year volunteer experience for women who are passionate about social change, the program’s core values being justice, leadership, spirituality, and living simply in an intentional community. Laura is in her 2nd year of this program, and because of her work and leadership, Community Work and Learning (CWL) has been able to work with many more faculty, staff and students through classes and off-campus student employment than before she came to St. Kate’s.
Through Laura’s leadership, the number of CORE courses partnering with Community Work and Learning has seen tremendous growth (from 35 to 60 courses). This can be attributed to her professional skills and relationship building efforts both at St. Kate’s and with community partners. Laura’s work with the America Reads tutoring program allowed CWL to support more students’ leadership development and active civic engagement across Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Laura is genuine and passionate about social justice; she has truly impacted this campus, the community, and created a more engaged University. Her work will last far beyond her work in the office.