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, from Appalachia to restorative justice. And there is more, for the Center serves as a gateway for service learning, community-based research, and other community-engaged courses in the local South Bend-Elkhart area and increasingly through Notre Dame’s global gateways.

Communities, then, are at the heart of our research, teaching, and learning. Our aim is to accompany them in their pursuit of social justice and to collaborate with them as together we test and refine our understandings of human dignity, solidarity, and the common good. Only then can we assume the responsibilities inherent in these core principles embodied by the Catholic social tradition in which the Center has participated since 1983.

I invite you to 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. Join us at the Center for Social Concerns, where classroom learning meets lived experience, where research responds to real world challenges, where understanding becomes responsibility.

Rev. Kevin J. Sandberg, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director

 

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Upcoming Events

October 2019

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Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:00pm
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Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 4:00pm

November 2019

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Application Open: SSLP 2020
Friday, November 1, 2019 (All day)
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Information Session: CGI Jerusalem 2020
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:45am
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Application Close: ISSLP 2020
Sunday, November 3, 2019 (All day)
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Film CLASSics - Norma Rae
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Storytelling for Change
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Open Wide our Hearts Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Labor RAPS | The Just Wage Initiative: Unveiling an Online Tool
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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ISSLP Interview Day
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)

December 2019

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Deadline: Romero Days 2020 Paper Proposal
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 11:45pm
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Dialogue and Listening toward Community Building
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm