Founder of Catalina Magazine & Fox News Correspondent “Liberal Sherpa”
Cathy Areu, a print journalist at heart, is the founding publisher of Catalina magazine — the first Latina magazine dedicated to breaking the stereotypes of Latinos in the U.S. since 2001. Catalina magazine is an international, bi-monthly lifestyle magazine found digitally and in print, with a global reach of over 400 million readers. Read More >
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Meet Cathy Areu, or maybe you already know her. She has built a career, not shy, but driven to break stereotypes, show others her diverse world, and reveal that anything is possible when there’s belief in the small things — like a Latinx little girl who went against many odds. (In this case, Cathy is that young child of immigrants who was told not to speak English until she was 6 ... but she’s not unlike many students facing any diversity and challenges today.) Read More >
Yes, we know today’s student body is diverse. But, according to the census over the past 20 years, it’s actually been very diverse, and changing, with no signs of slowing down. This, Cathy knows for a fact — as a diverse ESL (English as a Second Language) student turned ESL teacher turned immigrant college graduate student (in Holland) to college professor in Europe and back to the U.S.
Finally, this all led Cathy to share her experiences as a faculty instructor, speaking about her diverse world with European graduate professors; to Kentucky public school staff and students; to Chicano college students in Baylor, Texas; to university diversity language and media departments in Tallahassee, Fla. With a masters in Education and a passionate for fellow professionals, Cathy can prove that she’s walked the walk and is talking the talk.
From African, African American, Latino, Latinx, to Gender Studies, there’s a goal we all must achieve: to increase the development of culturally responsive instruction and a curriculum for the diverse student on campus. As a student, Cathy wanted and needed to be seen and heard. As a faculty member, everyone must remember to see and hear all students. And, as Cathy loves to point out, it’s easy because it’s all about caring. And that’s what everyone in education does every day. Care.
Diversity is about a history, a background, a culture, and a life that naturally creates and inspires a culturally relevant curriculum. It’s imperative to the academic success of all students in a learning environment. Let’s facilitate and develop an equitable learning experience for all diverse students to increase their academic achievement.
If Cathy believes her successful learning environment — of being seen and heard — led to so many dreams being reached, then that’s the answer! Seeing and caring. As a teacher, a professor, and a professional development speaker, Cathy sees and hears from so many! From diverse students to passionate educators and faculty — everyone cares — and dreams do come true.
Let’s see and hear our next generation of diverse students because, we know, the sky is the limit when we work together. Read Less ^
"We had a phenomenal time with Cathy Areu! She was wonderful. I loved that she was interactive and patient with the students. She was accommodating and allowed flexibility in our schedules. She allowed the students plenty of time for questions and provided them with great insights and memorable stories. She was willing to spend time with the students after the program for pictures and questions. Cathy also interacted with the students on social media before getting to Augusta which helped cause a buzz of interest before her arrival. Given the opportunity we would certainly have her back to interact with our students and help them better understand how to respectfully disagree and how to reflect upon their personal interest and agendas and understand that they may not always agree with things straight across party lines."
"Cathy Areu was the perfect speaker. My class loved her. She talked to them about how she used her FSU literature degree to remake herself as a high school journalism teacher, visiting professor in the Netherlands, writer for the Sun-Sentinel, contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, founder and publisher of Catalina magazine, and news analyst for FOX."
"Cathy Areu was amazing, just as I guessed she would be when we first talked about her a few years ago. We tried something different, a workshop that was very successful. The TV show was incredible. And the luncheon with members of the Hispanic business community was a huge hit. She’s fabulous!"
"It was a pleasure to finally meet you. I want to thank you for sharing with our women what can happen when you feel that change is needed and you take it into your own hands ('I sold my car and started my magazine…!'). Your story was one that many could identify with. Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to 'breathe' with us! You were the icing on the cake."
"The visit by Ms. Cathy Areu was greatly appreciated by those who attended her talk. She was engaging, humorous, instructive, and encouraging--particularly for the students. There was a cadre of Latina students who gravitated towards her. Areu was very approachable and was gracious enough to spend time with them (and others) during the Q&A period and the following reception. My staff and I really enjoyed her company. From picking her up at the airport to dropping her off at the hotel last night, she was remarkably conversational, self-effacing, witty, and personable. She truly wanted to meet our goals and expectations, and she did!"
"Having you with us last night was terrific!!! You really added to our occasion and everyone appreciated learning how often in speaking woman to woman so many barriers come down in terms of your being able to have the candid conversations that are such a hallmark of your success. We have received so many 'thank-you’s' from women (and a couple of men) who truly appreciated your authenticity last night. Thanks again for helping to shape our evening."
"We wanted to tell you how much we thoroughly enjoyed Cathy’s speech at the Global Diversity Group Meeting last month. Her honesty and energy were a breath of fresh air and certainly not conventional. My co-worker and I work at Comcast Cable in the advertising department and as two African-American women, we could certainly relate to the challenges she mentioned, but they have definitely helped form her into a great role model! We are also glad because those challenges helped in making Catalina a great success."
"I was a representative from the Women's Center here on Siena Campus. I just wanted to write to you and tell you how much I enjoyed the dinner and presentation you made. You are definitely an inspiration to all women. I can’t wait to see next month’s issue. Thank you once again, it was great!!"
"I saw you at Siena College. I just wanted to say thank you very much for coming to speak. I was very inspired by your speech; I loved hearing about your experiences. I wish you much luck with the future of your magazine, and I hope the television show works out as well."
"THANK HER for choosing to come to Cleveland and to speak at Cuyahoga Community College. Her talk was inspiring. Her life's story is also. Keep it up! My students LOVED her talk. We all enjoyed her presentation so much, she really has a great story to tell."
"Out of all my years of doing banquets, Cathy Areu by far was one of the better speakers. She connected with the audience in a way that I haven’t seen many speakers do. The event ended at 8 pm and an hour and a half later, there were still attendees of the event in line, patiently wanting to talk to her. She stayed and talked in detail to every single one of them. She left an impact that will be remembered by all that was there for many years to come."
"Cathy connected with the audience so well. Hours after that the banquet was over, she was still talking and taking pictures with attendees. She was phenomenal."
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