Getting Started

More Information About the 2022 SSLP​

Service and Justice Learning - You will serve at a vetted non-profit organization in your local community. Depending on the options in your community, you may be able to choose from a  variety of categories, such as hospital clinics, parishes, schools, summer camps, and other community-based organizations. We have around 160 sites all over the country, so take a look at our Site Directory. Students work at least 35 hours a week for 8 consecutive weeks at their organizations. 

Academic Credits -

All SSLP participants enroll in a three-credit course (see list below of SSLP course options). All course options entail approximately six 75-minute pre-immersion class sessions in April-May, weekly readings and written assignments throughout 8-week summer immersion, and a few small group sessions in fall back on campus.

Students register for their SSLP course along with their other Fall 2022 courses. Requirements for the SSLP course are completed by August/September. Students abroad in the Spring 2021 (before the SSLP immersion) complete requirements while abroad; students abroad in the Fall 2022 (after the immersion) complete requirements in the semester they return to campus.

Letter-graded courses entail additional class sessions in the spring and in the fall, as well as discipline-specific readings, and an expanded final project. Students reserve a spot in their preferred course option within two weeks after signing a contract during SSLP Commitment Meeting with Director Ben Wilson. Since some courses can count toward a requirement in different areas, be sure to confirm with your advisor/Dean’s office which requirement your SSLP course will be counted toward or if it can count toward both a University requirement and a minor requirement. Contact Director Wilson at for more information.

  1. PS 30600 - Encountering Poverty and the Catholic Social Tradition. Three-credit letter-graded course in Poverty Studies taught by Ben Wilson; ND students need to take either a 2nd Philosophy course or a Catholicism and the Disciplines (CAD) course. PS 20600 fulfills the CAD core requirement (unlimited students).
  2. THEO 20625 - Discipleship: Loving Action. Three-credit letter graded course in Theology co-taught by Prof. Margie Pfeil and Ben Wilson; counts as second University required Theology course; students must have completed 10000 level foundation Theology course by May 2021. Please note: students in the Discipleship course must be on campus Fall 2022 (not abroad); Theo majors/minors can do additional work for 4000 graded credit (75-100 students).
  3. CSC 33939 - Plasticity and Compassion. Three-credit letter-graded course that counts toward the major in Neuroscience and Behavior co-taught by Dr. Nancy Michael and Ben Wilson (32 students).
  4. PSY 30693 - Poverty, Resilience, and Human Development. Three-credit letter-graded course that counts toward the major in Psychology co-taught by Prof. Brandenberger and Ben Wilson (24 students).
  5. THEO 33936 - Kinship on the Margins. Three-credit course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Does not fulfill the second University required Theology course because it is not letter-graded and is a 3xx instead of 2xx level course. However, it can count toward the following minors (unlimited students):
  • Catholic Social Tradition Minor
  • Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
  • Compassionate Care in Medicine Minor
  • Education, School, and Society Minor and Supplementary Major (contact director of the Minor for more information about proposing your SSLP placement toward the minor)
  • Hesburgh Program in Public Service
  • Latino Studies (if SSLP is Spanish-related)
  • Science and Patient Advocacy (contact director of the Minor for more information about integrating the SSLP with the minor requirements; register for Neuroscience SSLP course)
  • Sports, Media, and Culture Minor (contact director of the Minor for more information about proposing your SSLP placement toward the minor)
  • Sustainability Minor (contact director of the Minor for more information about proposing your SSLP placement toward the minor)
  • Health, Humanities, and Society Minor through the Reilly Center (the SSLP course does NOT fulfill a course requirement for the HHS minor, but we encourage students to contact the director of the Minor to set up an advising meeting to discuss how the SSLP might serve as a springboard for further work within the minor. In this minor, health and medicine are lenses through which to analyze and understand a variety of contemporary issues. By integrating health, medicine, the humanities, and society we will provide students with an interdisciplinary approach and framework to understand the myriad ways of conceptualizing the body, the profound effects of illness and disease on people, the impacts of policies and structures on the lives and practices of health professionals, and the complex historical and social worlds in which they live and function. The goal is to broaden students’ views and encourage them to embrace new ways of thought and experience across the College of Arts and Letters. For more information please visit:

Funding - A $750 stipend, and a $2,250 scholarship toward the Fall 2022

Housing Options -

  • At home in your local community, or 
  • “On site” - some organizations have residential facilities where students can receive room/board, or
  • With Notre Dame Alumni host families 

To Apply - Students must be in academic and community good standing, and be available for eight consecutive weeks during the summer. The application opens on November 1, 2021.

Timeline for the SSLP 2022

  • Fall 2021 - Application, Group Introductory Meeting, Placement Meeting, and Commitment Meeting (5-8 hours);
  • Spring 2022 - Formation sessions and assignments (5 -8 hours);
  • Summer 2022 - Service, weekly reading, short journal entries (35-40 hours of service a week for 8 consecutive weeks); 
  • Late August/Early September 2022 - Submit capstone project and participate in integration sessions (5-8 hours).

Ready to apply? Click HERE for the application!

Other questions? Contact SSLP Assistant Director Emily Garvey at 574.631.1040 or

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held throughout the application period in Geddes Hall and residence halls around campus. If you can't make it to an info session, but want to learn more, check out the recording below to hear from program staff and previous participants. 

Hear from SSLP participants

Kyle worked with Indianapolis' homeless population. Read the story


Victoria did STEM activities with kids in St. Louis


David served people with disabilities in Seattle


Tara lived with a community in Rochester, NY



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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