Center for Service and Social Justice: Areas and Programs

Launched in the spring of 2016, the Stonehill Center for Service & Social Justice (CSSJ) provides community-based learning courses, community-based research, and service opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff.

Downtown Center for Community Engagement

We are proud to announce an exciting collaboration with HarborOne U, Brockton: the Stonehill College Center for Community Engagement. The new Center will host some of the ongoing programming of the Stonehill Center for Nonprofit Management which had previously been held on campus, as well as several new programs. By sharing resources, expertise and working together, HarborOne U and Stonehill College are committed to strengthening educational opportunities and building a stronger Brockton. Learn more.

Office of Community-Based Learning

The Office of Community-Based Learning provides faculty, community partners, and students with the resources and opportunities to work together and create mutually beneficial experiences where learning outcomes and pedagogical strategies critically embrace and blend with community improvement and social change in both campus and community settings.

Environmental Stewardship Council

The mission of the Environmental Stewardship Council is to foster proactive, environmentally sustainable policies, approaches, and practices by the campus community that are consistent with Stonehill's mission, guiding principles, and student learning goals and outcomes.

The Farm at Stonehill

The Farm at Stonehill was established in January, 2011, in response to food access issues in the neighboring city of Brockton, Massachusetts. Since its inception, The Farm has donated over 40,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to our four community partner organizations. Via our four community partners, our produce reaches the table of about 3,000 individuals or families each season who may not otherwise have access to fresh, organic produce due to a number of social, economic, and geographical barriers.

H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program

Inspired by the enduring values of a Holy Cross education, and the belief that learning is enhanced when it takes place in the context of a compelling situation, the H.O.P.E. service immersion program seeks to engage members of the Stonehill community in cross-cultural service experiences. H.O.P.E. further endeavors to challenge the Stonehill community to grow in love of God and neighbor by embodying the Church's commitment to a preferential option for and with the poor.

Community Engagement Program

Community Engagement Program is Stonehill's largest community service organization on campus. In the past few years, over 800 students participated in service on and off campus, consistently contributing over 90,000 hours to the community. Inspired by the enduring values of a Holy Cross Education, Into the Streets offers the Stonehill Community opportunities for meaningful service experiences that challenge and teach them to be agents of social change committed to the creation of a just and compassionate world.

Center for Nonprofit Management

The Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College seeks to build the management and leadership capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island. The Center is focused on enhancing critical management skills, while also fostering relationships with and among the region’s diverse community-based organizations so that they may better achieve their missions.

Social Justice Residential Communities

The Residence Life Office is excited to announce that it is starting a social justice themed special interest housing area for the 2016-2017 academic year. Our goal for this area is to provide a space for students to explore topics of social justice and to be challenged to think critically about injustices present in society.  Topics that may be explored are:

Stonehill Service Corps

Stonehill Service Corps (SSC) offers recent Stonehill graduates an 11-month service experience in India, the Dominican Republic, or Brockton, MA. SSC is an expression of the College's mission, to "educate the whole person so that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world."

Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability aims to promote awareness of environmental issues in our community and around the world through community based learning, educational programs and events, and campus wide initiatives that will encourage environmentally friendly practices among students, faculty and staff.