Together building a more just future
The Center for Social Concerns is an interdisciplinary institute responding to the complex demands of justice through a combination of justice education and research for the common good. We bring people together to think carefully about the world’s most pressing social concerns in order to develop creative and effective approaches to addressing them.
We cultivate moral imagination, practical wisdom, and the courage to act through a range of curricular and co-curricular programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Research for the Common Good
We work with academics, advocates, and artists to study the world’s most pressing social concerns and develop creative and effective community-based approaches to addressing them.
Five new scholars join the center
Megan Levis, Katie Comeau, Helal Mohammed Khan, Geneva Hutchinson, and Samuel Sokolsky-Tifft bring expertise in technology, religion, peace, art, and mass incarceration to forward the Center’s efforts to promote justice and the common good.
Inaugural commencement celebrated at Indiana Women’s Prison
Through a program administered by Notre Dame Programs for Education in Prison, 14 formerly or currently incarcerated women received bachelor’s or associate’s degrees from Marian University. “This is a distinct privilege for me today,” Marian president Dan Elsener told the graduates, “because I admire you.”
Community collaboration celebrates the past and promises a welcoming future
More than 180 people from around South Bend gathered for the groundbreaking of Foundry Field, a public-access baseball field designed to celebrate the Foundry Giants and other underrepresented baseball teams from South Bend’s past.
More than 1,000 students a year
Community partners in 36 states and 26 countries
Years of transformative impact