Hispanic Heritage Month #PROFspective: Law & Justice, Psychology Double Major Katerine A. on Not Hiding Her “Personality, Culture or Heritage”

Top of Bunce Hall with a blue sky background.

Today, as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month #PROFspective series, we feature Junior Katerine A. (she/her) from Bronx County, New York. Katerine is double majoring in Law & Justice Studies and Psychology. She discusses her Rowan experience, staying true to herself, and gives advice to future students.

What is your student experience here at Rowan? Do you feel included? Supported? How so? Could you highlight an example or two?

I love it here honestly, I found a great community for a PWI.

Katerine poses for a selfie.

How did you find your friend group here at Rowan?

[Through] Greek life/clubs.

Are you involved on campus? How so? (Academic clubs, social clubs, sports, working on campus, etc.)

I am Greek so I participate in all the Greek events and try to be included in all the campus events and community services.

How would you describe inclusion? Could you highlight a Rowan classroom or campus experience that was inclusive and made an impact on you?

Inclusion to me is making sure the door is opened to everyone without necessarily pushing everyone through it. As a law & justice major at Rowan, I feel like all our discussions are very inclusive. Professors don’t trump your opinions, and [the] class can respectfully disagree.

Do you have a role model or mentor here at Rowan? Who are they and how have they supported your growth?

My dean showed me being a loud, vibrant girl from the Bronx doesn’t mean I have to hide my personality, culture or heritage. I can be successful and just be me.

Katerine poses for a picture in the Engineering building.

What are your professional goals?

Juvenile corrections.

What advice would you give to a Hispanic/Latinx high school student considering your major here at Rowan?

Use your resources.

If you are open to it, could you share a little about your Hispanic or Latinx heritage?

I’m a fully Dominican Afro Latina.

Katerine poses for a photo, sitting by some windows.

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Story by:
Joseph Conte, junior community and environmental planning major

Photos courtesy of: 
Katerine A.

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