ASU+GSV: Steve Katsouros on students seeing themselves in their future careers

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

After founding Arrupe College, a two-year college at Loyola University, and creating a model that yielded a 75 percent bachelor’s degree completion rate (national average is 14 percent), Father Steve Katsouros founded the Come to Believe Network (CTB). CTB’s “purpose is to provide thought leadership and support for campus leaders around the country” looking to replicate Arrupe’s model for “Pell-eligible students, for undocumented students, and first-generation students” who go on to get a bachelor’s degree.

To have an inclusive recovery during these uncertain and unpredictable times, Katsouros says employers need to make sure students graduating see themselves in certain careers. Recruiters need to “identify young women and men of color who are working for you, who are not partners, who are not my age, who are not nearing retirement, but rather young people in their 20’s who are still growing in their careers, who are still becoming professionals, who are studying for advanced degrees, for MBAs, for CPA exams, because those folks are real role models for young people that I’ve worked with.”

WorkingNation interviewed Katsouros for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

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