Areas of Focus

Research on Pedagogy and the Impact of Engagement

The Center fosters assessment and research to examine the impacts of the academic programs it offers, including pre-post analyses of the Summer Service Learning Program, Social Concerns Seminars, and international initiatives.

Moral and Civic Responsibility in Higher Education

We explore the role and impact of higher education in promoting moral/ethical development and social responsibility. Our work has been supported by grants from Bringing Theory to Practice and the Teagle Foundation, which helped to build a research collaboration with Dartmouth and Duke universities.

The Study of Moral Purpose

The Center has explored for many years how students develop a sense of purpose in life, in particular a sense of moral or prosocial purpose that points their talents and energy to the common good.

Local and Global Citizenship

We seek to understand how concepts of citizenship, diversity, political engagement, and global perspective develop among the hundreds of students the Center helps to engage in the locally, nationally, and across the world.

Education for Social Justice and Advocacy

The Center examines how students engage in advocacy efforts, respond to questions of social justice, and what educational efforts may enhance development in these areas.

Catholic Social Teaching Research Initiative

The Center helped to begin this national research collaboration, seeking to understand how the principles of Catholic social teaching are learned and applied.

Higher Education and Spirituality

We explore the potentially reciprocal impacts of community engagement and spirituality/faith: how does faith inform students’ work and how do they develop spiritually from encounter with persons of many walks.

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Upcoming Events

January 2022

Circles at the Snite
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Labor Café Goes Zoom!
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 Series | Education
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Proposal Deadline | Community Impact Grants
Monday, February 14, 2022 - 4:30pm
Junior Parents Weekend Open House
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2022

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