Regina instilled in Katherine a deep curiosity about the world.
Since graduating in 2008, she has lived and served in 5 U.S. states (IL, MN, CT, MA, and DC) and four countries (Morocco, Greece, Jordan, and Palestine) and served in 2 additional countries remotely from the US (Madagascar and Iraq). Katherine has worked on roughly a dozen humanitarian projects in seven countries. Her experiences included teaching Women’s History in Amman, Jordan, serving Middle Eastern refugees throughout Greece, working at a domestic violence shelter in a small Moroccan town, and gaining experience in foreign policy and learning Arabic in Washington, D.C.
Katherine continued to expand her world view through college and service.
Katherine’s post-Regina educational path first took her to St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She began as vocal studies major and, after being drawn to the humanities and opportunities to study abroad, graduated with a degree in religion, with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. She continued to expand her worldview at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a master of arts in religion, focusing on women and gender in North Africa and the Middle East. After graduating from Yale in 2014, Kinnaird embarked on a two-year plan to serve others while preparing for her next academic endeavor: a master’s in international education policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education. It was during this time she immersed herself in communities in need in Morocco, Greece, and Jordan. She translated, she taught, and she fasted with her host family during Ramadan.
Working with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization
In 2017, Katherine earned her Ed.M. from Harvard, and that fall began working with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), an American NGO in the West Bank of Palestine. Her first role was working on early childhood programs. Her work then broadened to include all of the organization’s educational and psychosocial programs for children, youth, and parents (early childhood, afterschool academic and sports, youth volunteer, youth internship, family mental and physical health, women’s empowerment and parenting, and youth entrepreneurship programs
Her position with TYO was the culmination of all her educational and life experiences to date: her love of serving others was established at Regina, honed throughout her college and graduate school experience, and flourished throughout her many years of helping around the world.
Katherine is back in the states for now, and we look forward to seeing where her path will lead next.
Regina Dominican is very proud to present the 2020 Young Alumna Medal to Katherine Kinnaird ’08. Katherine will receive her award at our all-school meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Katherine will also share her experiences with our junior and senior Leadership Scholars later in the day.