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Catalyst Experience

Catalyst: an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.


The Catalyst Experience has been a dynamic experiential learning opportunity to explore women as leaders of social change
and is offered to students, faculty, and staff every other year.  


The Catalyst 2015 Experience highlights are listed below.


 Looking for a transformative intercultural experience?

Interested in learning about local intercultural history?
Wondering how to become a catalyst for social justice?


Catalyst Trip  - October 18 - 23, 2015

"Women Making a Difference in the World"

The Catalyst Experience takes students, faculty, staff, and community women on a journey exploring leadership for social change while blending self-reflection, internal and external dialogues on race, power, and privilege as well as visits to historic Underground Railroad sites to create a transformative intercultural experience.

  • In 2015, we began with an evening of orientation and fellowship on Sunday, October 18. 
  • On Monday October 19, we traveled to Cincinnati, OH, where we spent three days exploring issues of intercultural interactions, justice, and human rights in the urban setting of the Ozanam Center for Service Learning run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. 
  • Our historical voyage included a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and to the homes of John Rankin and John Parker, two prominent individuals in the Underground Railroad.
  • We reflected on the transformative leadership of women in the fight for justice.

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BEGAN: Saint Mary's College, Sunday, October 18th at 5:00 pm

TRAVEL: Cincinnati, Ohio

ENDED: Saint Mary's College, Friday, October 23 at 8:00 pm



For More Information contact:

Mana Derakhshani mana [at] saintmarys [dot] edu

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