Social Justice Programs

In accordance with the mission of the University of San Francisco, University Ministry's Social Justice Program invites students to step outside of their familiar university lives, walk with people at the margins of society, and in doing so, open their minds and hearts to personal transformation.

The Social Justice Program provides community-based learning in the Jesuit tradition: insertion experience, social analysis, reflection, and action.

Our Social Justice Program aims to

  • Promote “faith that does Justice”
  • Develop leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world
  • Inspire students to live lives of hope, passion, integrity, and purpose
  • Instill in students the values of service and social justice for social change
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of the human experience and the importance of inclusive unity
  • Develop an understanding of students' abilities and gifts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and effective teamwork
  • Explore greater understanding of community, social issues and the self in community

In the Jesuit Catholic tradition, we challenge our students to be contemplatives in action who

  • Engage in experiences that challenge their perceptions
  • Reflect with thoughtful attention to the influence and meaning of these experiences
  • Allow their discernment to shape and transform their purpose in the world
  • Actively develop relationships of compassion, justice, and advocacy
  • Participate and promote programs that strive to create a more humane and just world

For more information, please email Mauricio Diaz de Leon


Solidarity in Action

Engage and build community by volunteering with local nonprofit organizations that work on issues of homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, environmental degradation, and more.

Father Alfred Center

The Father Alfred Center's year-long rehabilitation program helps men with no income to overcome addiction and to establish productive and healthy lives. Students lead a weekly meditation and stress management group with new members of the FAC program.

Night Ministry

Spend time, share a meal, and build relationships with 20+ homeless men and women from the Tenderloin. This gathering takes place at the Faithful Fools Ministry—234 Hyde Street—where "we are called to a Ministry of Presence that acknowledges each human's incredible worth."


Justice and Advocacy Programs

Join us as we raise awareness and advocate for issues affecting our local, national, and global communities.

Ignatian Advocacy Month

Throughout the month of October, University Ministry will provide students the opportunity to engage in various justice advocacies on issues affecting their local, national, and global community. Each week of the month, we will raise awareness and engage in different social justice issues.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Our students are encouraged to participate in The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, which is one of the largest national gatherings of people inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. More than 1,600 people convene in Washington, DC in November each year to learn, network, reflect, pray, and develop skills to advocate for social justice.

Hospitality Dinner

Every February, University Ministry and the Hospitality Management department from the School of Management collaborates to host an exquisite dinner for members of the St. Anne's Retirement home. This elegant dinner party provides members of the St. Anne's Retirement Home a place to connect with USF students over a meal. The dinner is prepared and served by students in the Hospitality Management department.


Social Justice Clubs

Join a community of students dedicated to making this world a humane and just place for all.

Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network is a student-led non-profit organization that fights food waste and hunger within the community by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need. Last semester our school's chapter recovered and donated 1,537 pounds of food!

Corpus Clinic

Corpus Clinic works with UCSF to assist in coordinating and holding free health clinics in the St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter. Every week, pre-med students help facilitate two general clinics, one dermatology clinic, and one women's health group meeting. Students are trained to take patients' vitals and to refer shelter residents to primary care physicians who can provide long-term care. Corpus Clinic is dedicated to bridging gaps in health care for people experiencing homelessness in the San Francisco community.


Post Graduate Opportunities

Prior to embarking upon a serious career journey, many college graduates are looking for an interlude when they can serve others, enhance personal growth and/or explore different cultures and geographic locations. Volunteer service can provide many of these rewards while also helping grads to develop skills and contacts which will serve them well in their ultimate career.


Tutoring Program

The University Ministry Tutoring Program at the University of San Francisco grants USF students the opportunity to provide tutoring and academic support to students at parochial schools in San Francisco's Mission District. The program provides mutual benefits to both the University and parochial school students. USF tutors gain skills in academic development, leadership, and mentorship. The parochial students get tutoring and other essential support that enhances their academic achievement.

For more information, please email Mauricio Diaz de Leon