STU Named as National Leader in Civic Engagement for 2nd Year in a Row!

For the second year in a row, St. Thomas University has been selected as a national lead institution in civic learning and democratic engagement. 

The NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement project (CLDE) identifies universities based on their commitment to developing thoughtful civic engagement and implementing best practices in the field of engaged scholarship. This year NASPA named 73 colleges and universities in the nation as Lead Institutions – placing St. Thomas alongside prestigious universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and Boston College.

“St. Thomas is pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic and moral identity as a core value of our Catholic mission,” said Anthony Vinciguerra, Coordinator of the St. Thomas University Center for Community Engagement. “Being recognized as a national leader in this field is a reflection of the quality of our current efforts, as well as our ongoing commitment to improve these efforts to bring faculty and student resources to bear on the urgent social problems of our world.” 

St. Thomas University has a long history of community engagement as a key component of its Catholic Identity. The St. Thomas Center for Justice and Peace was recently expanded and re-named as the Center for Community Engagement with the goal of serving as a central facilitating unit for community engagement on campus. With collaborations locally in North Miami Dade County, regionally in the Central Florida Farmworker community, and internationally in Miami’s sister-diocese of Port-de-Paix, the Center supports faculty and students in leveraging their teaching and research into the most urgent problems of our region. 

For more information on the STU Center for Community Engagement visit To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit