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

December 2019

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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Application Open: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, December 16, 2019 (All day)

January 2020

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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:00pm
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2020 Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

February 2020

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Application Close: SSLP 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)
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Application Close: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:30pm

March 2020

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