St. Thomas’ new Center for Community Partnerships will host an open house for all students, staff and faculty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in its new space, Room 153, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

A brief program, including a ribbon cutting and short speeches, begins at 12:15 p.m.

The Center for Community Partnerhsips is an umbrella for the university’s undergraduate student outreach and volunteer programs. With modest fudning obtained through the Strategic Initiative Proposal process, the space previously called the Volunteer Center was renovated. A Web page was created to provide information about core programs of the center (Business 200, off-campus work study, Reading Buddies, residence hall service programs, student clubs and organizations, the Student Coalition for Social Justice, the Tutor-Mentor Program, VIA and VISION) and to connect students and community partners.

The center is one of the first steps to make more visible and sustainable the many ways in which St. Thomas is engaged with the community.

Come and see the new space, look at the Web page and learn more about these programs that exemplify the urban mission of the university. There also will be refreshments, drawings and music by members of the Showed Up String Band.