Center for the Common Good
In all we do, we 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.
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Academic Year Stats
Tommies Together Volunteer Center
Changemaking for the Common Good
Academic Community Engagement
Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy
Under-told Stories Project
One University—One Breath
Center for the Common Good News
On a brisk Wednesday afternoon last December, five University of St. Thomas students gathered at the Catholic Charities Family Service Center in Maplewood, Minnesota, to offer meals to families experiencing homelessness. This experience came about because the students enrolled in a Common Good Community-Engaged course called Diversity and Cultural Competence taught by Dr. Chelda Smith,… The post Building Connection With Communities One Course at a Time appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
December 19, 2023
As the year draws to a close, the University of St. Thomas Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy (CEVEA) task force looks back on a transformative year in local civic engagement. Spearheaded by dynamic initiatives like the Voter Ambassadors program and the CEVEA Faculty Ambassadors, along with a series of targeted events, the university has… The post Reflecting on CEVEA’s Impactful Civic Engagement in the 2023 Local Elections appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
November 28, 2023
University of St. Thomas student Maddy Orr and staff member Manuela Hill-Muñoz recently attended a conference at the Church of the U.N. in New York City to learn about the World Day of the Poor, as established by Pope Francis in 2016. The conference was organized by Catholic Relief Services (CRS, the official international Catholic… The post Center for the Common Good Attends World Day of the Poor Conference appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
October 27, 2023
Cambridge University Press recently published the third edition of Dr. Charles M. “Mel” Gray’s co-authored book, The Economics of Art and Culture. Gray is Professor Emeritus of Business Economics in the Opus College of Business and Senior Fellow with the Center for the Common Good. The third edition was delayed by the death of Gray’s original… The post Opus College of Business Professor Emeritus Publishes Third Edition of Business Economics Book appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
October 23, 2023
Sister Norma Pimentel, a dedicated advocate for change, encouraged the University of St. Thomas community to become more compassionate supporters of positive immigration and social change. Living in Texas, Pimentel witnessed the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border firsthand. When she joined a group of sisters involved in taking care of immigrants in shelters, Pimentel found… The post Sister Norma Pimentel Encourages St. Thomas Community to Step Out of Comfort Zone appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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About the Center for the Common Good
Memberships and Affiliations
- Carnegie Classification
- Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA)
- Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
- Contemplative Mind in Society
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)
- Place-Based Justice Network
- Uniservitate Community-Engaged Scholar-Practitioner Network (CESPN)