Rooted in God’s inclusive love, the Center for Social Concerns transforms hearts and minds by enacting Catholic Social Tradition through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning for the sake of justice and the common good.


Welcome to the Center for Social Concerns, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to justice education, common good research, and innovative community collaboration. For more than four decades the center’s beloved community of faculty, students, and partners have worked to affirm and ensure the dignity and wellbeing of all people—especially the marginalized—and to promote flourishing communities both locally and globally through a mix of moral inquiry and action.

Catholic social tradition (CST) is our abiding touchstone as we work to tackle the world’s most pressing social concerns from sustainability to racial injustice to housing inequality to food insecurity. CST is a call to action for all who aspire to a more just world. It offers a way of seeing, being, and doing that pushes us beyond mere moral imagination, insists upon moral courage, and demands moral action. Join us as we partner to tackle the world’s most intractable social problems in solidarity with those most impacted.

Suzanne Shanahan, Ph.D.

Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns


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Upcoming Events

January 2022

Literally, Black@ND
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
Social Concerns Fair 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Virtual Postgraduate Service Fair
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Virtual Postgraduate Service Fair
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Virtues and Vocations presents Mary Gentile: Giving Voice to Values
Monday, January 31, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

February 2022

Application Close | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Education
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Proposal Deadline | Community Impact Grants
Monday, February 14, 2022 - 4:30pm

March 2022

Catholic Social Tradition Minor Open House & Info Session
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm