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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.

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Discover opportunities to address inequities, environmental, 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.

Changemaking is positive societal impact that can be achieved in many ways by one student, faculty, campus, or college to ignite positive social change in our community.


We partner with many local and global organizations who demonstrate a commitment to valuable learning experiences and community-based relationships with the shared goal of creating positive social change. 


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Grants and Awards

We recognize through a variety of awards students, faculty, staff and alumni who are making a meaningful impact the areas of community engagement and social change.



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Callie Jones ‘20


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."