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 2023

10
Unlocked: "Why Attica Matters"
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 4:00pm
13
Virtues and Vocations with Margaret Plews-Ogan: "Wisdom and Medicine"
Monday, February 13, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
17
Lives Worth Taking? The Death Penalty in the US
Friday, February 17, 2023 - 4:00pm
20
Social Concerns Fair | Housing
Monday, February 20, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
24
Labor Café | The Guest Worker Question
Friday, February 24, 2023 - 5:00pm
28
Application Deadline | Summer Labor Fellowships
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

March 2023

03
Signs of the Times | Hope for Health Equity
Friday, March 3, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
06
Social Concerns Fair | Healthcare and Disability
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
20
Social Concerns Fair | Food Security
Monday, March 20, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
23
2023 CST Conference: Justice Sown in Peace
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 1:00pm
31
Labor Café
Friday, March 31, 2023 - 5:00pm

April 2023

03
Social Concerns Fair | Immigration and Human Rights
Monday, April 3, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
28
Labor Café
Friday, April 28, 2023 - 5:00pm

May 2023