“Being a Duhawk doesn’t just mean you attend Loras College. It means you understand the need to embrace difference and cultivate unity.”
-Katie Kasten ('14)
Katie Kasten embodies the spirit of what being a Duhawk is all about. She has embraced the opportunities available at Loras and has found herself leading and even founding student organizations that reflect her passions as well as worthy community endeavors.
Katie co-founded DuBuddies, a program that seeks to foster authentic relationships between Loras students and members of the Dubuque community with intellectual disabilities. She is a Modes of Inquiry Peer Assistant and a Campus Resident Advisor. She has been involved in Duhawk Dance Marathon, an organization with national ties that raises money to benefit the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. She volunteers at Hills & Dales, a not-for-profit human services organization in Dubuque that provides services to children and young adults with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities. She tutors children at St. Mark Youth Enrichment in Dubuque and newcomers to the city and sometimes to the United States at the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque. And she has interned at the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and at Area Residential Care in Dubuque as a job-skills teacher.
“I value the sense of community that is unique to Loras College,” Katie explains. “We find communion through being challenged and supported spiritually, socially, academically and intellectually. You cannot recreate the environment of compassionate and distinct leadership that drives every individual on our campus. We are students who are engaged – demonstrating athletic achievement, academic leadership, global awareness and civic responsibility.
As part of the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders Program, Katie has developed spiritually, socially and academically in ways far beyond what she could have imagined. The program provided a unique opportunity for her to grow in her Catholic faith with other students in her class.
“My strength lies in working with children, and it was the development of Catholic identity at Loras that allowed me to recognize the need to serve society through teaching,” Katie continues. “I have developed into a more complete person because of my experiences at Loras.”
Without financial assistance, Katie believes she would not have been able to afford to be a member of the Loras community: “Loras has offered endless avenues of growth that I hope to continue to sustain through future students. It is my hope that I can return the gift of assistance that was given to me so that others might engage in the meaningful and diverse experiences of Loras.”
Katie Kasten ('14) is a Secondary Education and English Literature major from Deerfield, Illinois.
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