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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.

2020-2021 Academic Year
Impact & Volunteer Hours
Community Partner Organizations
Engaged & Changemaking Courses
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.


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
Early Sept. 20, the St. Thomas campus was just waking up, with the exception of one group of dedicated volunteers and faculty/staff. The Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy Taskforce (CEVEA) was hard at work setting up booths across campus, eager to get to work on one of the biggest days during election season: National… The post Increasing Voter Engagement in Election Season appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Madison Liebl '23   author
Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely, executive director at the Center for the Common Good, was recently awarded placement on the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. The program is offered through the Department of State and allows overseas universities and organizations to develop collaborative projects identified as priorities. Before working with the Center for the Common Good, Ricke-Kiely was… The post Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely Awarded Fulbright Placement appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Madison Liebl '23   author
The University of St. Thomas has been awarded the Highly Established Action Plan Seal by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, an organization that encourages student voter engagement through the Campus Democracy Challenge. St. Thomas, which was ranked No. 4 in Minnesota campus voting, was recognized for having one… The post St. Thomas Awarded Platinum Seal for Voter Engagement appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Brant Skogrand '04 MBC   author
The Center for the Common Good at the University of St. Thomas recently celebrated its fifth anniversary by receiving a prestigious award. St. Thomas was one of two Catholic higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada to be honored with the Uniservitate Award in recognition of service-learning projects. “This award really showcases how we… The post St. Thomas Recognized Among Universities Worldwide for Service-Learning appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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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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