Annual Events

student picking up river debri

The BIG Event

Each spring and fall, the University of St. Thomas community dedicates a day to join together in a united effort to further the common good of our human family.  Days of Service provides an opportunity for University of St. Thomas students and faculty to connect with social change efforts in the community while meeting fellow Tommies, alumni, and community partners.

student participating in river cleanup - The BIG Event

Community Engagement Day

Community Engagement Day connects students to community partners across the Twin Cities that welcome student creativity to address issues in education, food insecurity, animal rights, immigration, civil rights and more.  Students who attend Community Engagement Day will discover how they can contribute to social justice in our community and understand what it means to be a Tommie and to serve the Common Good.

Welcome Days - Community Engagement Day
Hands drilling into a board

Habitat for Humanity Builds

A safe, decent, affordable home is fundamental to a family forging a path out of poverty. Each semester, we are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to support 1 to 2 home builds or home improvement projects. We partner with the Women Center each March to host a Women Build. We look forward to seeing you at a future build.

Habitat for Humanity Builds - habitat builds
Student speaking at hunger banquet

Hunger Banquet

The Hunger Banquet is a memorable, interactive event that brings hunger and poverty issues to life. There will be discussions about local, national and world hunger and how to get involved in food justice.

Hunger Banquet - hunger banquet
Students in small group discussion

Family Homelessness: Journeys in Minnesota

This educational tool was created to actively engage participants in learning about the realities facing families experiencing homelessness in our local communities. The purpose of the activity is to make homelessness experiential and personal. Participants are invited into the life struggles of one family’s story and asked to make decisions about how to handle challenges that arise.

Students in small group discussion - Family Homelessness: Journeys in Minnesota