About

Mission

To enact Catholic social teaching through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning

Identity

Fulfilling Notre Dame’s mission to cultivate a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many, the Center for Social Concerns gathers, forms, and nourishes community-engaged scholars in the study, practice, and renewal of Catholic social tradition. By enacting human dignity, pursuing the common good, and standing in solidarity with the marginalized and poor, we advance pedagogies of engagement, leverage personal transformation for social change, and transform principles of Catholic social teaching into 21st-century leadership.

Welcome

Welcome to the Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame’s academic institute for engaged Catholic social teaching.

Each year over 1,000 students participate in our credit-bearing courses, including our two academic minors. An equal number attend our diverse lectures, workshops, and trainings on topics ranging from active citizenship to labor rights and restorative justice. The center serves as a gateway for service learning, community-based research, and other community-engaged courses in the local South Bend-Elkhart area, as well as through Notre Dame’s global gateways.

Please join us in service, social analysis, and theological reflection on the signs of the times so that together we might “foster a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many,” as the University describes an important part of its mission. We look forward to connecting with you at the Center for Social Concerns, where classroom learning meets lived experience, where research responds to real world challenges, and where understanding becomes responsibility.

Bill Purcell, M.Div.
Acting Executive Director

 

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Upcoming Events

January 2021

February 2021

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Application Open | SSLP 2021
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (All day)
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Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Application Close | SSLP 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021 (All day)

March 2021

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2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 8:15pm
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2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

April 2021