Rev. William J. Barber II, D. Min.

Vincentian Institute for Social Action

The Vincentian Institute for Social Action provides an organizational focus for a variety of programs where faculty and students can explore issues of poverty and social injustice.

To more visibly embed St. John’s mission into the educational experience of its students, the University established the Vincentian Institute for Social Action. 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.

About the Vincentian Institute for Social Action

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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.