Joan Demeules, MA, LSW.

Director, Access and Success for Katie’s with Kids St. Catherine University,

Joan Demeules is Director of the Access and Success Program for Katie’s with Kids Program, and Associate Director of Counseling and Student Development at St. Catherine University (aka “St. Kate’s”) in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota.

Joan is a Licensed Social Worker and founded and built the programming and support services for St. Catherine University’s parenting students over the past 22 years. In 1993 Joan began Access and Success as a small pilot program and has helped it to grow to serve parenting students across the university with supports including housing, childcare, mentoring, a laptop loan program, support groups, and two on-campus child-friendly study spaces. Joan directs the overall operations for Access and Success across both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

Joan is the co-author with Beth Hamer of Retaining Young Student Parents: A Growing Challenge in the higher education journal, About Campus, a nationally recognized speaker in the field of student parent success, and the PI on the awarded grant Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Women. This $240,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Young Parent Support Initiative (YPSI) addressed the needs of college-age pregnant and parenting young people who must balance school, work, and family life.

Joan oversaw St. Catherine University’s participation and data collection efforts on the research study, Baccalaureate Student Parent Programs and the Students They Serve, and has also supervised St. Kates’ pilot Keys to Successprogram in partnership with the Keys to Degrees National Replication Program.

Joan brings her wealth of knowledge, on the ground experience, and expertise to contribute to the national work to support student parents through the NCSPP, serving on the advisory board since 2015, and recently renewing her commitment for a second board term.

For more information on Access & Success for Katie’s with Kids Visit: assistance/access-and- success

External Publications

Joan Demeules and Beth Hamer. 2013. “Retaining Young Student Parents: A Growing Challenge.” About Campus. October/September: 22-25.

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