St. Thomas University Inaugurates New Center for Community Engagement

On Thursday, April 24th, at 6pm, St. Thomas University and its partners will celebrate the inauguration and blessing of the new Center for Community Engagement. The Center is an academic unit with the mission of leveraging the university’s teaching and research resources into addressing the region’s most pressing needs.

St. Thomas University has a long history of community engagement activities. For the past 30 years, the University’s Center for Justice and Peace has coordinated many of these activities, with great success in the local community and beyond. This year, the Center for Justice and Peace has been relocated into Biscayne College, the heart of the arts and social sciences of the university, and has been renamed the Center for Community Engagement.

In its new location, the Center’s role will be broadened to support faculty from across the university in addressing pressing community issues. The Center will facilitate collaborations: 

• Locally, working with partners in Opa-Locka and Miami Gardens to address the root causes of violence and poverty;
• Regionally, working with farmworker organizations in Central Florida to address issues of exploitation and modern-day slavery in the fields; and
• Internationally, integrating faculty teaching and research with three long-term economic development projects in Miami’s sister-diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti.

Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities – from community-based research projects, to internships, to community-based learning courses – with a social analysis of the issues encountered informed by the Catholic Social tradition.

Please join us to celebrate this exciting new chapter in the community engagement
work of St. Thomas University.