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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.

80k
Volunteer hours worked in 2018
225
Community partner organizations
45
Fall community engaged courses
3k
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

Tutor

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

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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Jordan Osterman '11   author
For the members of the Highland Friendship Club, dancing with one another during COVID was made a reality thanks to their long-standing partnership with the University of St. Thomas’ Special Olympics Club.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
Meaningful work and how graduates might take this opportunity to find work that advances the common good is the focus of the May 7 virtual postgraduation fair, co-hosted by the Center for the Common Good and the Career Development Center.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
College of Arts and Sciences sociology assistant professor Patricia Maddox and Dougherty Family College clinical faculty Jennifer Trost have done something unique with their respective sociology classes. For three years now they have been creating a double community engagement experience for some of their Introduction to Sociology students.
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Jordan Osterman '11   author
The annual Ashoka U Exchange event is taking place digitally April 16-17 at the University of St. Thomas.
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