Engaging on the Next Level

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 John Cook 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 2017-2018 training include (all dates listed are Fridays - sessions go from 3-6pm):

  • Conceptualizing Social Justice - Oct. 27th
  • Privilege and Power - Nov. 17th
  • Conflict and Social Justice - Dec. 1st
  • Social Change Methods - Jan. 26th
  • Political Process and Policy - Feb. 9th
  • Effective Messaging and Framing - Feb. 23rd

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 2018-2019 school year, 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

SLU-Belize Project

Through a unique and collaborative partnership with St. Martin's parish and school in Belize City, you have the opportunity to work with students in St. Martin’s school alongside the faculty and administration. You will also participate in cultural excursions and have the chance to tour socio-economic development projects in the surrounding community. St. Martin's is a Jesuit parish serving the very poor of Belize City and is a part of the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, of which Saint Louis University is also a member.

Learn More about the Belize 2020 Program

Spring 2018 Immersion Course and Trip

The one-credit-hour course takes place once a week in the spring semester. The immersion experience takes place in late May. The total cost for the trip will be approximately $1,400. For more information, contact Justin Vilbig at jvilbig@slu.edu.

Click here to express your interest

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 Global Citizenship, room 130D to discuss the many options available and what program makes the most sense for you. 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.

Voting Initiatives

Saint Louis University partners with TurboVote, an online tool to help SLU students, faculty and staff register where to vote, change their address, request absentee ballots and receive election information.

Register to Vote with TurboVote

Students who register to vote using their MSC# campus address are able to vote in the Busch Student Center in most national elections. For more information, contact Leah Sweetman in the Center for Service and Community Engagement at 314-977-4214 or sweetman@slu.edu.

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