Center for the Common Good

Large Turnout Highlights St. Thomas-Hosted Ashoka U Exchange

A large turnout highlighted the St. Thomas-hosted Ashoka U Exchange 2020 event, which was virtual for the first time: 481 people representing 24 countries and 104 higher education institutions attended 75 sessions across April 16-17.
A sign reading "All for the Common Good" hangs from a lamp post on the John P. Monahan Plaza January 29, 2016. The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex is in the background.

Virtual Postgraduation Fair to Focus on Meaningful Work for Class of 2020

Meaningful work and how graduates might take this opportunity to find work that advances the common good is the focus of the May 7 virtual postgraduation fair, co-hosted by the Center for the Common Good and the Career Development Center.
A child at Catholic Charities works on a project with St. Thomas students.

Paired Sociology Classes Double Their Engagement, Impact Together

College of Arts and Sciences sociology assistant professor Patricia Maddox and Dougherty Family College clinical faculty Jennifer Trost have done something unique with their respective sociology classes. For three years now they have been creating a double community engagement experience for some of their Introduction to Sociology students.
Meals are served recently at Catholic Charities' Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul.

Advancing the Common Good Amidst the Coronavirus

Like many others, St. Thomas community members are working to figure out other safe and appropriate ways they can make an impact. The Center for the Common Good – which coordinates with hundreds of community partners to connect Tommies with volunteering and donation opportunities – has helped create guidelines and ways for St. Thomas community members to remain engaged.
Engineering Professor Dr. Katherine Acton prepares online learning lessons in the STELAR Media Studio in the O’Shaughnessy Frey Library in St. Paul on March 18, 2020. Acton and other Professors have been relying on assistance from STELAR as they transition fully to online education due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty, STELAR Lead Massive Shift to Online Learning

The spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes has had an unprecedented impact on life around the globe. Within the St. Thomas community, that impact is being felt in a myriad of ways, including in a full shift to online learning.