Karen Anderson, Assistant Director for Community Engagement

Address: CSU 173
Phone: 507-389-6076
Email: karen.anderson@mnsu.edu

Karen help students find one-time and on-going service and community engagement opportunities. The office also hosts service projects for students to participate in and help lead. Karen’s duties include managing the Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Education: Undergraduate: International Relations, Minnesota State Mankato; Post Graduate: Higher Education Administration, Kent State

Past Experience: Coordinator of Community Engagement at Transylvania University for 20 years prior to returning to her alma mater.


"My top accomplishments since joining the CSU staff include hosting the Free Farmers Markets every semester during the Welcome Week ensuring that students facing food insecurity are able to find resources via the Campus Kitchen Little Fridge and the Campus Kitchen Bread Cart, and starting the Maverick Holiday Carnival!”

"The most rewarding aspect of my work with students is knowing that they are connecting to people in the community to address real-world needs.”

“I like to spend my free time serving as one of several advisors for one of the sororities on campus. I am also on the board for a rural historic cemetery.”


  1. Three words that best describe you. “Maximizer, responsible, futuristic”
  2. Three things that can always be found in your refrigerator. ‘Honey mustard salad dressing, iced tea and I usually have Popsicle in my freezer.”
  3. Three people, living or dead, you would like to invite for dinner. “My Dad (because he's been gone for almost 20 years and now is the time of life I wish I could talk to him), and my paternal grandparents (because I never had a chance to meet them).”
  4. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I won a year’s supply of Hot Pockets.”
  5. What superpower would you like to have? Why? “Make time stand still. Just because it would be fun to do.”
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