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Common Good Initiative (CGI)

OVERVIEW 

 

Each year, the Common Good Initiative (CGI) brings together graduate and professional students from around the University for the cause of social justice within a framework of Catholic social engagement. CGI immersions are situated in communities of Central America, North America, or the Caribbean that are creating personal and structural responses to issues of poverty, including industrial decline, global health, labor migration, political instability, and varied forms of discrimination. Internships are located throughout the world to put a graduate student’s developing skills, disciplinary expertise, and topical interests to work in addressing the particular needs of church organizations, non-profits, and NGOs.

Grounded in the engagement practices of the Catholic social tradition, CGI is premised on two convictions: 1) that scholarly inquiry should be animated by a concern for the common good and a preferential option for the poor; and 2) that building a just world is dependent on a holistic approach that includes considerations of religious faith as much as multidisciplinary conversation.

CGI coursework includes preparatory and debriefing sessions that provide students with background knowledge, tools of social analysis, and opportunities for critical and theological reflection. Immersion participants receive one or two graduate-level theology/CSC academic credits. Interns receive three graduate-level credits in addition to a stipend.

All graduate and professional students are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Doctoral students from physics have gone to Haiti, and M.Div. students from theology have gone to Argentina. Applicants must also be available for CGI on-campus coursework during the spring 2015 and fall 2015 semesters. Immersions take place in early summer; internships extend over eight weeks of summer. Apart from a modest participation fee, the Common Good Initiative covers the complete cost of travel, room, and board.

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Global Health, Poverty, and the Preferential

Option for the Poor: Common Good Initiative

In summer 2014, 14 graduate and professional students traveled to Léogâne, Haiti as part of the Center’s Common Good Initiative. Students from law, business, sociology, physics, economics, history, and theology spent eight days on the ground learning what it means to integrate into their disciplinary focus principles and practices of community engagement, multidisciplinary collaboration, and Catholic social tradition. Read more about the program and participants' reflections...

Global Health, Poverty, and the Preferential Option for the Poor: Common Good Initiative

Center for Social Concerns 2013–14 Year in Review

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Levels of engagement include:

  • One-credit (5-day) seminar in Detroit—The Common Good @ 8 Mile: Urban Farming, Housing Equity, and Art in the Civic Revitalization of Detroit (June 5–9, 2015)

  • Two-credit (9-day) immersion in Haiti—Global Health, Poverty, and the Preferential Option for the Poor in Haiti (May 26–June 3, 2015)

  • Three-credit (8-week) summer internship at sites worldwide

Engaged by the personal and structural complexities of poverty and equipped with the principles and practices of the Catholic social tradition, the Common Good Initiative affords graduate students an opportunity to integrate social justice considerations into their disciplinary focus. Travel, room, and board are covered after initial program fees ($150 for Detroit, $200 for Haiti, $250 for internship).

Application is now closed.

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CONTACT

Interested students should contact:

Rev. Kevin J. Sandberg, C.S.C., Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Student Initiatives and Faith Education

KSandberg@nd.edu

574-631-6678

 

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