Doing Good with CCG: Fall Semester in Review

The fall came and went, and before we knew it, we had another semester under our belt! The team at the Center for the Common Good had a busy few months, and together with students, campus partners, and community partners, we activated many initiatives for positive social change.

Our first fall semester with TommieShelf saw the program grow in new and exciting ways. After gaining seven dedicated student volunteers through our Community Engagement Day, we saw two of these students, Jenna Novak and Noah Dauwalter, emerge as leaders. These two freshmen are poised to take over TommieShelf operations in the fall. Additionally, fundraising efforts were out of this world, with the entire campus coming together to collect over 1000 pounds of food that were donated to Keystone Community Services. 

The Tommies Together Volunteer Center was bustling with activity. The Tutor-Mentor program saw continued success, as over 150 students tutored and mentored individuals at 14 sites across the Twin Cities. Shelter Crew, our student-led initiative with Catholic Charities, engaged two dozen students and had a great debut semester. If your student volunteered this past semester, we thank them for their contribution toward advancing the common good, and we encourage them to log their hours on Tommie Link so they can start to build their co-curricular resume.

Our Ashoka U Changemaking Fellows put together quite the Changemaking Week! They hosted a regional training for students across the Midwest who came to St. Thomas to learn more about advocacy and global justice; they organized an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to highlight food insecurity around the world; they hosted world-renowned journalist Fred de Sam Lazaro and his Under-Told Stories team who talked to students about listening and storytelling, and they promoted mindfulness with the One University-One Breath initiative through a meditation labyrinth.

We’re gearing up for another exciting semester, so stay tuned to “Doing Good with CCG” for news about Academic Community Engagement (ACE) course offerings, the Ashoka U Exchange, our First-Year Experience Changemaking course, and much more. As always, if you have any questions about the Center for the Common Good, please email Casey Gordon, Program Manager, at

Please click here if you’re interested in making a monetary donation to TommieShelf.

If your student is interested in a leadership position with the Center for the Common Good in the Fall of 2020, please click here. Applications are due February 18, 2020.

If your student is interested in attending a Changemaking event, encourage them to attend Spark Week, February 11-13; events are listed here.