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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
This past weekend saw the return of St. Thomas’s annual BIG Event on May 7, a campuswide day of volunteering across the local community. The BIG Event is a collaboration between the Center for the Common Good and Tommies Together Volunteer Center to mobilize St. Thomas students to volunteer at various locations across the metro… The post Four Volunteer Perspectives From the BIG Event appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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The Newsroom   author
A St. Thomas student organization, a university staff member and a community partner who works closely with St. Thomas have been selected as recipients of the 2022 Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards. Campus Compact announced the recipients of the awards on May 4. Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards recognize outstanding contributions in civic and community engagement by… The post Tommies Recognized as Recipients of Campus Compact 2022 Presidents’ Awards appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Jamie Tjornehoj '22   author
As Jake Hodge ’21, a biology major at the University of St. Thomas, approached graduation, he packed up his belongings and prepared for an experience that would make him stand out from his fellow graduates in more ways than one. He wasn’t going back to his home of Brainerd, Minnesota, or anywhere within an 8,000-mile… The post A Changemaker From St. Thomas to South Africa appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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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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