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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

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.

Center for the Common Good Affiliations and Memberships

Center for Common Good News

Sheree Curry   author
This 9/11, in the year 2021, the University of St. Thomas will pause and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest foreign attack on American soil. Many brave soldiers were called to duty as a result of the four coordinated 9/11 terrorist attacks carried out by 19 terrorists associated with Al Qaeda. With initial… The post Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Heidi Enninga '14   author
Confronted with the murder of George Floyd and the harsh, even fatal realities of white supremacy and systemic racism, many Americans echoed the same question: “How can I help?”  The answer to that question is rooted in community partnership, according to experts from the Center for the Common Good, which leads St. Thomas’ efforts to address… The post Equity in Action: Building Ethical Community Partnerships appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Jamie Tjornehoj '22   author
Despite the move to virtual class gatherings last year, the Business 200 course (Business Learning Through Service) at St. Thomas continued to require students to volunteer with community nonprofits, which provided them with a unique opportunity to step up and help out in new ways. The post Business 200 Students Adapt to Community Needs appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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Heidi Enninga '14   author
In a time where the COVID-19 pandemic, elections, climate crises and the ongoing reckoning with racial injustice all competed for headlines, Alex Upton ’21 and Dr. Amy Levad, associate professor of theology, were honored for their volunteer work addressing many of these challenges. The post Tommies Honored for Community Engagement   appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
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