Mary (Catharine) Duane is a Sociology major with an English minor and will be
graduating in 2014. Catharine is originally from New Canaan, Connecticut. She has
taken a liking to the West Coast during her time at Santa Clara and all it has to offer.
In high school Catharine was a leader of the non-profit organization Pura Vida for
Children, which raises awareness and inspiration to help children who live in need. She did an immersion trip to Costa Rica where she worked in a school followed by helping at an orphanage for ten days. It was at this time that Catharine realized her passion for helping others and working one-on-one with people to create positive change. She believes social entrepreneurship to be the perfect way of combining her interests now and in the future. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain during the fall of her junior year where she was able to improve her Spanish and travel throughout Europe. It was originally her sociology training that got her interested in the Global Social Benefit Fellowship. Catharine felt it would be a great opportunity to apply her researching abilities. She worked as an intern at PVH in the Corporate Social Responsibility Department in the summer of 2012 and traveled to Bangladesh to tour factories, and this further inspired her passion for social justice. She looks forward to applying her sociology training through researching, implementing a survey, and writing up results and a final report for Solar Ear.