Social Justice

The commitment to social justice is grounded in the University's heritage, both in its roots as a school and in the larger sense of Catholic identity.

  • justice immersion trips

    Make an impact in the lives of others.

    Positively affect the lives of others here and around the world by participating in a Justice Immersion Trip. These trips offer you a unique opportunity to witness social injustices through a lens of faith. Join us to learn about other cultures, the root causes of various social justice issues, and about how trip experiences and themes have an impact on our lives at St. Kate's.

The School of Americas is a military training facility for Latin American soldiers. The graduates of this school have a history of torture, murder, and human rights abuses. Each November, on the anniversary of the death of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at the hands of SOA graduates, tens of thousands of people gather at the gates of the SOA to protest and hold a vigil in witness to the atrocities that occur because of this school.

El Salvador offers a profound perspective on our global realities. While in El Salvador, students will explore our participation in, and relationship to, many issues affecting our sisters and brothers worldwide. Students will witness the effects of social change and community development through the stories and examples of Salvadorans who have actively sought to make a difference.

This long-standing immersion centered around homelessness will familiarize participants to different approaches to addressing social problems such as direct service, legislative advocacy, and community organizing. We do this in Denver through hands-on interactions with community members, grassroots organizations, and social service groups. Denver offers a way to step outside of our own community to witness social issues, making it possible upon our return to see our community in a different way.

Our Twin Cities Immersion experience is a wonderful way to connect the themes and issues experienced on other trips back to our local community, and also, a perfect first trip to 'get your feet wet' in social justice! Students explore many issues affecting our local community, critically examine their causes and work toward addressing the roots and systems at the heart of the injustices they witness.

  • catholic relief services

    Spread awareness of issues affecting people all over the world.

    Be a part of something bigger, and help fight the battle against issues like human trafficking, hunger, the conflict in Sudan, and more by participating in Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CRS is an international organization involved in aid, justice, advocacy and educational efforts worldwide. Their purpose in the U.S. is to spread awareness and encourage advocacy for issues occurring all over the world. You could be one of two student CRS Campus Ambassadors working to bring CRS programming and concerns to the attention of our campus and to engage students in work around human trafficking, hunger, the conflict in Sudan and many other important issues.

  • Volunteers In Action

    Support a balance of charity and justice.

    Get involved in the community with Volunteers in Action (VIA). VIA supports a balance of charity and justice. By offering regular longer-term volunteer opportunities to students, VIA engages volunteers in the community and culture of the places they serve. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about issues first-hand from the people in our communities, and form relationships with those in need. Through these civic engagement opportunities, you can help fight injustice directly.