Community Partners

The ideal community-engaged learning partnership is mutually beneficial.  Activities should be a collaborative development and application of knowledge[1] focused on consequential public issues that allow St. Thomas University students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for real-world problem-solving with local civic, nonprofit, and Archdiocesan partners.  STU’s Center for Community Engagement cultivates these partnerships to foster learning, service, and work opportunities for students.

[1] Kellogg Commission, 2008


The Center seeks to support the education and social justice mission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami [ADOM] while providing learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff in partnership with Catholic schools, parishes, and nonprofits.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students:  In development.


St. Thomas University and Carol City Middle School [CCMS] collaborate on a variety of learning, mentoring, and student success projects throughout the year.  Read more about opportunities for engagement with this Community Educational Partnership here.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students: In-class study, research, community work-study jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.


Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States (USCCB) to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas by cherishing, preserving, and upholding the sacredness and dignity of all human life, fostering charity and justice, and embodying Catholic social and moral teaching.  They do this through  1) promoting human development—  responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and 2) serving Catholics in the US— supporting their efforts to live their faith in solidarity with brothers and sisters worldwide.  CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students:  Work-study, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

CRS Ambassadors are student leaders learn about the root causes of global poverty and injustice; develop leadership skills and use them to take action; organize and educate others through solidarity vigils, CRS Ethical Trade sales, advocacy;  and connect faith to action to make a difference on campus and around the world.


St. Thomas University is located in the southwest corner of the City of Miami Gardens and, through civic engagement and community activities, aspires to be active participants in and supporters of community initiatives in which STU students can develop as engaged students, future professionals, and responsible citizens.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students: 

  • Attend a City Council meeting with us!  Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (except Nov & Dec).  Miami Gardens City Hall, 18605 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
  • Emerging civic engagement and service activities.  Check our Calendar page for approaching events!


Live Healthy Miami Gardens [LHMG]’s ultimate goal is to improve the living conditions in the City of Miami Gardens and make it a healthier place to live.  LHMG is designed to develop, implement and sustain effective community-level health strategies for the following Health Impact Areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD), Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition, Mental Health, Physical Activity, and Primary Health Care.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students: 

  • Community work-study jobs, internships, and volunteering.  Contact Dr. Jodi Grace ( ), STU faculty, for opportunities!


The OLCDC transforms under-resourced communities into vibrant, desirable, engaged neighborhoods by improving access to health, education, employment, art, safety, economic development and affordable housing.  They recently launched the OLCDC Business Fund to support small minority-owned businesses located in low-to-moderate income communities in South Florida.  Here they provide technical assistance in the form of one-on-one counselling and workshops, as well as alternative financing options.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students:   Community work-study jobs, internships, and volunteering.



PACT [People Acting for Community Together] unites, organizes and trains leaders from diverse congregations, schools and community groups to build a powerful community voice. Individually and collectively, we empower ourselves, hold officials accountable, achieve systemic change, and promote fairness, justice and democracy in Miami-Dade County.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students: In-class study, immersion experiences, Law School Research Fellows


Offering a “continuum of care” for persons who are poor and homeless, Camillus House does much more than offer a free meal, medical care, a shower, or drug treatment. They offer a second chance to the desperate, the lonely, and the ones society has left behind.  Multiple work-study, internship, and service opportunities available for STU students in the good work.

Engagement Opportunities for STU students:   Community work-study jobs, internships, and volunteering.