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Alumni News & Achievements

A CLA education develops imaginative and resourceful people who are committed to service and leadership in every sector of society. They have a deep understanding of diverse perspectives. They think independently, critically, and creatively.

Our alumni excel in many fields: health care, politics, education, entertainment, arts, business, and social justice among others.

Portrait of Payton Counts

Major Potential

“Even though I’m not using my degree in the way I imagined I would, I wouldn’t have gotten my job had I not had it.” 2018 SLHS graduate Payton Counts is pursuing a career path different than many in her field. Through the help of her education in CLA and the faculty behind her, she is able to do meaningful work in suicide prevention for native youth in the Twin Cities.
Brenna Depies (Program Coordinator) and Payton Counts (IPTF staff)

Suicide Prevention Program for Native Youth Launches

Payton Counts, an alumna of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, helped organize a suicide prevention program for Native youth in Minneapolis. “A lot of Native youth don’t want to contact the police because they’re scared of what will happen,” Counts shared. “They would rather deal with it themselves than reach out for help because the reality is we have been burned by the system so many times before.”
Portrait: Ash Eberle

The Language of Revolution

The chance to study diverse subjects is just one of the many perks for a liberal arts education. Ash Eberle’s experience exemplifies the many paths to success that CLA provides. From Asian language and literature to political science to Spanish, this recent grad takes full advantage of the opportunities that come her way.