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Community Engagement

It’s no wonder that we’ve been on the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the listing began in 2006. We’re always asking ourselves what else we must do for — and with — our neighbors.

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Here, service transforms student volunteers into lifelong servant leaders and advocates of social justice.

Center for Social Action

Serving as the bridge between SLU volunteers and the community, The Center for Social Action aims to prepare participants to be effective servant leaders and agents for social change. The center also oversees campus-wide service efforts.

Campus Kitchen

This national movement — involving more than 50 high schools and universities — started at SLU in 2001. Today, SLU's Campus Kitchen volunteers cook and deliver more than 2,500 meals to our neighbors in need every month.

Community-Based Clinics and Centers

Faculty and students in our Legal Clinics and School of Medicine have helped underserved St. Louisans for decades. We’re also a founding and sustaining partner of Casa de Salud, a non-profit health clinic that provides care to immigrants in the region.

Micah Program

Named for the Biblical prophet Micah, who spoke out against social injustice, the Micah Program brings students together who are committed to performing service at various places throughout the city of St. Louis, such as schools and tutoring programs.

Billiken Teacher Corps

Through this unique partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, students in the Billiken Teacher Corps teach in urban Catholic schools and live together in a faith-based community as they pursue their master’s degrees in education here at SLU.

College Access Programs

Through our access and college-readiness programs, we help underrepresented students prepare for and succeed at SLU. We also recently committed to strengthening our efforts to enroll students from disadvantaged areas in St. Louis.

Community Partners Database

As a university, we’re constantly looking to encourage innovative and collaborative efforts that can improve the community we’re proud to call home. Our Community Partners Database contains profiles of our 500+ non-profit partners that you can work with to make a difference in the St. Louis region.