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Social Action

We believe that giving back to the community teaches us lessons that can only be learned by serving, lessons that deepen our faith.

We see faith and service as inextricably connected; while faith inspires the service we do, it is still nurtured by service.

We continue to embody the Vincentian mission through its Faith and Service programs. We invite you to explore our various service opportunities and academic and scholarship programs that incorporate service and hope that you will be inspired to take part in this St. John’s experience. 

Vincentian Institute for Social Action

To more visibly embed St. John’s mission into the educational experience of its students, the University established the Vincentian Institute for Social Action. The Institute provides an organizational focus for a variety of programs where faculty and students can explore issues of poverty and social injustice. Through Institute programs, students have the opportunity to enhance their studies with skill-building experiences in the community. In addition, faculty members are able to pursue research at local agencies or guide students as research mentors.

To find out more about the Vincentian Institute for Social Action, please contact us at 718-990-8331.

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Faculty Research Consortium

The Vincentian Institute for Social Action was created to provide faculty and students with an academic platform to address issues of social injustice. Responsible for the academic integrity of the Institute is the Faculty Research Consortium (FRC).

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Academic Service - Learning

Academic service-learning at St. John’s University is a classroom/ experiential site- based program that involves students in some form of required community service that benefits the common (public) good and uses service as a means of understanding course concepts.

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Ozanam Scholars Program

Working closely with dedicated faculty and administrators, Ozanam Scholars investigate and address real-world social justice issues, inspiring change throughout their college careers and beyond.

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Community Partnerships

The Vincentian Institute for Social Action works with a series of agencies committed to alleviating poverty and improving opportunities for at-risk groups.

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Studies in Public Policy

“Studies in Public Policy” is the Institute’s latest initiative to explore issues of poverty and social injustice.

CRS Ambassadors

CRS Ambassadors on campus are part of a national community of students committed to advancing global justice, peace, and human dignity.

Open to all students of the university, the CRS Ambassadors program unites all students who not only hope for, but work towards, a more just world.

What CRS Ambassadors Do

  • Awareness Campaigns
  • Vincentian service
  • CRS Fair Trade (sale every Friday)
  • CRS Rice Bowl
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Fundraising Campaigns
  • Prayer Services
  • Vigils
  • Annual university events such as: Peace Week, Hunger Awareness Month, Justice Walks
  • Professional development off campus through conferences and organization visits

Become a Member!

If interested in becoming a CRS Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to be trained, attend various events and conferences, and help the organizations' efforts! You are most welcome to join the General Body Meetings every Wednesday at 10 AM in DAC 401.

Hunger Awareness Month
To realize, react and remember the one in six men, women and children in America that struggle with food insecurity every day, Campus Ministry, in conjunction with Multicultural Affairs (Queens and Staten Island campuses), Student Wellness and the student groups of Campus Ministry and Campus Activities, among others, present the annual Hunger Awareness Month. There is a lineup of activities that will capture the University’s mission in action.

Throughout the month of November, students will be invited to participate in the Rice for Life Campaign to join millions of compassionate citizens who donate rice daily to those in need. To create your free account today, visit www.freerice.com and join the St. John’s University group.

You can also track your donation and see how much your friends are donating. The individual who donates the most rice from November 1–22 will win one personal training session from the Fitness Center. For more information, contact us at [email protected].

In an effort to combat the alarming statistics and realities that surround hunger and homelessness, this November we encourage the St. John’s community to get involved.

Service will be taking place throughout the month as well. This is our opportunity to make a difference. All students are welcome to join us for these events.

Peace Week 2019
Headed by the CRS Ambassadors, and joined by their collaborators from across campus, Peace Week is a weeklong event schedule of opportunities to promote, experience, and pray for peace in our university community and our world!

Some events include: Peace Concert, Sleep Out for the Homeless, International Day of Peace and Peace Vigil.

For a full lineup of events, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsCRS/?fref=ts

Contact Us

Victoria O’Keefe
718-990-8075
[email protected]

Students for Life

Students for Life is a pro-life organization whose members come from all faith backgrounds to advocate for life in all of its stages both on campus and in the community. We seek to promote respect for life and awareness of life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, domestic violence, war, murder, abuse, hate crimes, genetic engineering, human trafficking, and capital punishment through opportunities for education, discussion, advocacy, and direct service in the greater community.

Organization's Mission
The purpose of this organization is to promote the respect and dignity of all human life from conception in the womb until natural death. This Shall be in accord with the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and in Obedience to the Holy Father.

Signature Events
March for Life, 40 Days for Life, Spiritual Adoption, Sidewalk Advocacy, Graveyard of the Innocent, Red Letter Day, Service Projects, and film & speaker series on life issues

Membership Qualifications
GPA: 2.5

Faculty Moderator
Meg Rodriguez
Resident Campus Minister
Century Hall
718-990-5058
[email protected]

Journey for Justice Program

St. John’s University students will have the opportunity to travel to Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia to study the histories of racial violence and civil rights in the United States, reflect more deeply on our connected Vincentian values through service to the local community, and better. 

Applications and interviews are required. 

 For more information, contact Angela Seegel, [email protected], 718-990-2680.