COVID-19 Information

The Center for Social Concerns continues to monitor developments in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We will update this page as we receive new information of relevance to center constituencies. Please revisit this page in the days ahead for updates.

For all University news and updates related to the coronavirus and campus status, please visit 

Center events, conference, and meetings

The University has asked those organizing in-person events to avoid, if possible, events that bring larger numbers of people together in close proximity. The center has adapted most of its events for the 2020–21 academic year in response to these recommendations. Please refer to the center events calendar for the most up-to-date information. 

International Summer Service Learning Program 2021

Due to the coronavirus, the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) suspended summer 2020 international travel and offered virtual options. ISSLP 2021 is planning for both in-person and virtual options. See site descriptions for sites available for in-person and/or virtual global service-learning. The ISSLP is working closely with the University and Notre Dame International to determine summer 2021 international travel. For those students who must complete their global service-learning virtually, the ISSLP is developing a "learning-living community" option. Visit for more information.

Summer Service Learning Program 2021

The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) offered a virtual-only program for summer of 2020 in response to the coronavirus. For Summer 2021, the SSLP plans to return to in-person service placements with site partners offering virtual service roles as a secondary option if it becomes necessary for students to serve remotely. The spring application window is from Feb 3–15. Visit for more information.  

For parents

If you have questions about your child's participation in center courses or programs, please call (574) 631-5293. Along with Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C ., we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we pray for those who are suffering or will suffer from this virus, and that its spread will be contained.

For community partners

We recognize that these decisions may have a direct effect on our community partners. Many Notre Dame students spend a significant amount of time each year co-creating programs and resources with community partners. We look forward to our students resuming their efforts in person with you as soon as the University and health experts assure us it is safe to do so. For the time being, please consider ways in which you may be able to continue working with students at a distance. For more information and recommendations, review the COVID-19 updates for community partners

For faculty and individuals completing community-based learning, teaching, and research 

If you teach or supervise students working with a community organization, please reach out to your community partners to collaboratively determine the most appropriate course of action during this time. A set of recommended best practices, potential strategies, and on-campus resources that might be useful as you adapt your community-engaged teaching, research, and learning in the upcoming weeks can be found on our website. Learn more

Additional instructions for online learning can be found on the Office of the Provost's Resilient Teaching webpage.

Resources and best practices for community engagement can be found on the University's Community Engagement Principles and Guidelines webpage for spring 2021. 

Recommendations for supporting community organizations

The current Coronavirus outbreak has ongoing, direct consequences for both the operations and needs of many community organizations. In accordance with public health guidelines, most organizations are no longer able to accept on-site volunteers and many are unable to accommodate remote collaboration. Learn more


View All Events

Upcoming Events

December 2021

Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm

January 2022

Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Monday, January 10, 2022 - 4:00pm
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 4:00pm
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 4:00pm