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University Helps Students Address Community-Identified Needs And Initiate Social Change

Our students integrate their learning about Catholic social thought with local and global participation in social justice initiatives that support community-led solutions to local and global problems. By integrating classroom learning with community-identified needs, our students at St. Thomas University have been able to enhance their learning while putting Catholic social thought into action for a better world. Through our Center for Community Engagement, the university’s teaching and research resources help support social-justice initiatives in a concrete way. Locally, students take ethics, theology and social science classes that provide research assistance to People Acting for Community Together (PACT) a group that receives funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Regionally, our students apply Catholic social thought to immigration and farm labor issues through courses partnering with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Finally, our relationship with Catholic Relief Services has led to students working internationally through internships and courses that support long-term, locally-led economic development projects in Miami’s sister-diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. These projects and more help students realize their Gospel-inspired ability to initiate social change.