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In all we do, seek to 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.

For
2020-2021 Academic Year
80k
Impact & Volunteer Hours
300
Community Partner Organizations
237
Engaged & Changemaking Courses
3k
Student Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Engaged Courses

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

Changemaking

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

Center for the Common Good Affiliations and Memberships

Center for Common Good News

The Newsroom   author
With one eye toward the future and another on the community, the Association of Women in Science (WINS) has honed in on two of St. Thomas’ five-year plan priorities that go hand in hand – engaging all students as changemakers and becoming leaders in STEAM. St. Thomas’ STEAM programs aim to “ensure that all students… The post Student Club Partners With Ramsey Middle School to Bring Science to Life appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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The Newsroom   author
The create[space] was buzzing with activity recently as students from Professor Cara Anthony’s Theology and the Environment course presented at an open house event, Oil Pipelines: Caring for Our Common Home. Event attendees were invited into the space to learn about the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline, its impact and various stances regarding the viability of… The post Spotlight on Community-Engaged Learning: Theology and the Environment appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Sheree Curry   author
One of the nation’s greatest waterways flows just steps away from the University of St. Thomas. The beautiful Mississippi River beckons students who climb rocks on its banks to watch the sunset, admire the changing colors of leaves on trees along its shores, and twice a year bag up single-use plastics and other trash polluting… The post St. Thomas Mississippi River Clean Up Collects 297 Pounds of Debris appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Sheree Curry   author
The St. Thomas community recently received high recognition for its increased voter registration engagement during the 2020 presidential election. St. Thomas earned the 2021 Platinum seal from the national, nonpartisan nonprofit Civic Nation for its efforts in civic engagement.  The university’s name was presented in November 2021 at the virtual ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge… The post St. Thomas Recognized Nationally for Civic Engagement With 2020 Elections appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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The Newsroom   author
Just one month into the fall semester, and Tommies already have contributed more than 10,000 hours of direct service in their communities. As part of the St. Thomas 2025 strategic plan, the university is aiming to achieve a goal of 125,000 hours in a year. With our global community rocked by the coronavirus, a rising… The post Tommies Strengthen the Social Change Wheel One Spoke at a Time appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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