Letter from the Dean
The College of Arts & Sciences sponsors ThreeSixty Journalism as an important outreach to Minnesota teens, particularly those from low-income and minority communities. The program also provides important professional experiences for St. Thomas students and a valuable collaboration with St. Thomas alumni and journalism and communication professionals in the Twin Cities.
ThreeSixty Journalism is a powerful vehicle for achieving three of the University’s key strategic priorities:
- Increasing access to higher education for all qualified students
- Using effective teaching and active learning to foster a holistic approach to education
- Deepening UST’s identity as a faith-based university by integrating the principles of social justice in curriculum and co-curricular activities and encouraging openness to learning from those of other traditions and viewpoints
Since 2001, the College has provided in-kind and financial support equal to more than a third of ThreeSixty Journalism’s annual budget. In addition, faculty from the Communication and Journalism Department play an integral role as teachers and advisors. More than two dozen alumni of ThreeSixty Journalism have become St. Thomas students, most of them communication or journalism majors. They bring diversity and leadership to campus and help prepare our students for communities and workplaces where the range of ethnicities, religions, languages and races is greater than ever.
For many teens, coming to a ThreeSixty Journalism program is their first time on a college campus. I have seen the program’s power to empower teens with new skills, confidence and relationships. It allows them to make their voices heard in serious and powerful ways. It gives them new visions for their future.
Terence Langan, Ph.D
College of Arts & Sciences
University of St. Thomas