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Advocacy and Civic Engagement

Service isn’t just for while you’re at Saint Louis University. The Center for Service and Community Engagement works to encourage lifelong personal and social responsibility by transforming student volunteers into effective servant leaders and advocates for social justice.

Students perform service in Honduras

Students have opportunities to perform service locally, nationally and abroad. 

Social Justice and Advocacy Training

If you are interested in taking your service and community engagement efforts to the next level, enroll in the Social Justice and Advocacy Training series, sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the Service-Leadership program in the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.

Through this intensive, six-part series, accepted applicants develop skills related to working for social change at the systemic level.

Sessions for the 2018-2019 training include (all dates listed are Fridays - sessions go from 3-5pm, unless otherwise noted):

  • Conceptualizing Social Justice - Jan. 18 (3-6pm)
  • Privilege and Power - Feb. 1
  • Conflict and Social Justice - Feb. 8
  • Social Change Methods - Feb. 15
  • Political Process and Policy - Mar. 1
  • Effective Messaging and Framing - Mar 22 (3-6pm)

Apply for the Social Justice and Advocacy Training Program

Students who are accepted and complete all six sessions gain:

  • The opportunity to engage in a paid social change internship for the Fall 2019 semester, at a community organization of their choice, for up to $1,000
  • A letter sent to the dean of the student's college or school, as well as to select vice presidents of Saint Louis University
  • The tools, skills and knowledge necessary to work for social justice



Year of Service Program

If you are a junior or senior at SLU, we invite you to explore the possibility of doing one or two years of service after graduation, whether here in St. Louis, around the country or across the world.

Each year, nearly seventy-five members of the graduating class go on to participate in a year of service.

Schedule a meeting today with Bobby Wassel in the Center for Service and Community Engagement to discuss the many options available and what program makes the most sense for you. 

You can also utilize a database of all opportunities created by the Catholic Volunteer Network. Or check out just a few of the many options that will allow you to spend time after graduation helping others:

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Volunteer for one to two years, either domestically or internationally. Live in community with other JVC volunteers. Room, board, health insurance and a monthly stipend are provided.
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest: Similar to Jesuit Volunteer Corps, this program takes places specifically in the northwest region of the country, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho, with both rural and urban experiences offered.
  • Americorps: Volunteer for one year domestically. Live individually and receive a modest living allowance, as well as education award.
  • Peace Corps: Volunteer for two years internationally. Room, board, health insurance and a monthly stipend are provided.
  • Teach For America: Volunteer to teach in a high-need public school for two years. Salary and health insurance are provided, as well as an education award upon completion of service.
  • Alum Service Corps: Sponsored by the Jesuits of the Missouri Province, Alum Service Corps volunteers commit a year of service teaching in a Jesuit middle or high school in Denver, Kansas City or St. Louis. The program offers retreats, housing, health insurance, a stipend, a community car and close ties to the school's Jesuit community.

For information on these or other programs, contact Bobby Wassel at 314-977-2041.

Voter Engagement Committee

Most states support online voter registration. Websites like will assist with registration, polling places, absentee ballots, election reminders, and voter registration status. Questions? Visit SLU’s Center for Service & Community Engagement in Wuller Hall, Suite 204. In addition, there are always Missouri Voter Registration Forms available in the CSCE.

Students who register to vote using their  campus address (20 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103) are able to vote in the Busch Student Center in Presidential and Midterm elections. For more information, contact Leah Sweetman in the Center for Service and Community Engagement at 977-4214 or

 Learn about polling places, upcoming elections and guidelines for political activity at SLU

Legislative Advocacy

This tutorial provides advice about how to research national and state legislation likely to influence issues important to you and will help you to effectively advocate for your causes with your policial representatives.