Community Overview

The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) pushes the boundaries of the classroom into the neighborhoods of South Bend and beyond. Through collaboration, partnership, and participation the Center serves as a transformative agent in the South Bend-Michiana area. This occurs in many ways.

The CSC works with University partners and more than 60 local community partners facilitating volunteer opportunities and providing transportation to and from partner sites and connecting faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students to social service organizations for community-based courses and community-based research. The Center has formalized relationships with seven of those community organizations in which a Community-Based Learning Coordinator (CBLC) works closely with the CSC. The Center also helps students, faculty, and other University constituents find non-curricular service, advocacy, community organizing, and other opportunities to become engaged locally in addressing social concerns.

The Center participates in local coalitions which have included The St. Joe Valley Project, Bridges Out of Poverty, 4 Community, the Lead Alliance, and the South Bend Food Security Coalition. 

Nationally, the Center works with community partners and alumni clubs placing students through the Summer Service Learning Program, Urban Plunge, and other Social Concerns Seminars. Internationally, the International Summer Service Learning Program works with partners in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The Center enjoys membership in community, professional and academic organizations, associations, collaboratives, and networks. These include Indiana Campus Compact, The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Forum on Education Abroad, National Society for Experiential Education, and The Research University Civic Engagement Network.

 

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Upcoming Events

February 2019

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Postgraduate Service Organization Campus Visit: Precious Blood Volunteers
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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Pizza, Pop, & Politics: Politics of Sport
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Postgraduate Service Organization Campus Visit: L'Arche Seattle
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Show Some Skin: Drop the Wall
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Workshop: Ethics, Community Engagement, and Higher Education
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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2019 Human Development Conference
Friday, February 22, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, February 23, 2019 (All day)
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Labor Café
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2019

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Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Information Session: McNeill Leadership Fellows Program
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Pizza, Pop, & Politics: Politics of Place
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
21
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
21
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

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Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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June 2019

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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)