Students Volunteering

In all we do, advance the common good.

At the Center for the Common Good, we connect University of St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff with community engagement opportunities so we can understand today’s most pressing social challenges, build mutually-beneficial relationships, and work toward innovative solutions—all for the common good.

When we put our efforts together, we gain a deeper understanding of complex issues, create stronger communities, and become inspired to take action.

Volunteer hours worked in 2018
Community partner organizations
Fall community engaged courses
Students volunteer annually

Discover opportunities to address inequities, environmental issues, and other identified concerns by partnering with community organizations.

In collaboration with a community-based organization, examine the systems and theories that relate to complex social challenges.

Make a positive societal impact, whether as an individual or part of a larger whole, that can ignite positive social change in our community.

Callie Jones ‘20


As a tutor, Callie worked with 3rd grade students in a Minneapolis elementary school.

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‌"I was compelled to rethink what I wanted to do in my life. My reassessment of my own education and career pathway led me to counseling those who have disabilities. If it wasn't for this humbling experience I would not have been exposed to the true education gap we have in the Twins Cities. I learned to not take education for granted and the fight that many people have to do to get proper education."

Center for Common Good News

Mark Brown   author
It’s sometimes hard to remember that this year started out with a semblance of normalcy. Some students took J–Term study trips and sports teams were still competing into March as COVID-19 slowly began to dominate our lives. The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officers in May opened wounds and brought renewed calls for reform and racial justice to the […]
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Brant Skogrand '04 MBC   author
The number of donors and dollars raised on Tommie Give Day shattered previous records, and the Tommie Network rallied for a community partner: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
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Amy Carlson Gustafson   author
As part of Tommie Corps, a new program from the Center for the Common Good, students receive a $4,000 scholarship in recognition of 150 volunteer hours fulfilled over the course of July and August.
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Mark Brown   author
Check out some of these images from St. Thomas photographers during the month of July 2020.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
A large turnout highlighted the St. Thomas-hosted Ashoka U Exchange 2020 event, which was virtual for the first time: 481 people representing 24 countries and 104 higher education institutions attended 75 sessions across April 16-17.
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