Hands Together

At the Center for the Common Good, we believe learning is a catalyst for personal and social transformation. When we work collaboratively with community partners to understand complexities of today’s pressing challenges, we become more informed about how to contribute to positive social change and advance the common good. 

Our Philosophy

The Center for the Common Good promotes collaborative curricular, co-curricular, and research initiatives that address civic and community challenges. We encourage and support students, staff, and faculty to be transformational partners who work tirelessly for social justice in our local, national, and global communities. 

How We Work

As part of the Office of Mission, we integrate community engagement into the fabric of life at St. Thomas by connecting students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn with and from our community partners, research complex social issues, and contribute to collective solutions.

We do this through our three units:

Tommies Together Volunteer Center connects the community with co-curricular volunteer and learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners.

Academic Community Engagement connects faculty and students with curricular “service-learning” opportunities in collaboration with community partners.

Ashoka U Changemaking connects the community with informed and collaborative solution-based initiatives addressing social and environmental challenges.