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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.

85k
Volunteer hours worked annually
300+
Community partner organizations
70
Community engaged & changemaking courses annually
4k
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.

Student and Community Partner Testimonies

I feel like I truly helped my community this summer. I learned to be a better leader and got to explore new ways to help my community. All of these skills and experiences will help me tremendously in my daily life and in future challenges.
- Tommie Corp Scholar

Our Tommie Volunteer took initiative with projects and delivered far above expectations.  He completed some major tasks and left a lasting impression with our team.  Excellent representation of the quality of students that St. Thomas has!
- Second Harvest Heartland

 

Center for the Common Good Affiliations and Memberships

Center for Common Good News

Jamie Tjornehoj '22   author
As St. Thomas looks back on this challenging year, here are some ways university members moved forward with purpose.
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Mark Brown   author
It’s sometimes hard to remember that this year started out with a semblance of normalcy. Some students took J–Term study trips and sports teams were still competing into March as COVID-19 slowly began to dominate our lives. The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officers in May opened wounds and brought renewed calls for reform and racial justice to the […]
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Brant Skogrand '04 MBC   author
The number of donors and dollars raised on Tommie Give Day shattered previous records, and the Tommie Network rallied for a community partner: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
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Amy Carlson Gustafson   author
As part of Tommie Corps, a new program from the Center for the Common Good, students receive a $4,000 scholarship in recognition of 150 volunteer hours fulfilled over the course of July and August.
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Mark Brown   author
Check out some of these images from St. Thomas photographers during the month of July 2020.
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