Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

History of CCSJ

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Long ago, St. Ignatius Loyola was determined that his companions would be “men on the move,” and “contemplatives in action” whose lives were completely devoted to “reading the signs of the times” and responding creatively and concretely to the pressing needs of the world. In the Jesuit educational tradition, this action-oriented focus has translated into a tradition of developing “men and women for and with others.”

Service has been a part of Loyola throughout its entire history. For many years it was simply known as the Community Service Office, an office dedicated to offering students the opportunity to “do service.”

In 1992, Fr. Timothy Brown, a Jesuit priest and law professor, and Erin Swezey, a laywoman and director of the Community Service Office, envisioned and co-founded the Center for Values and Service. Their dream was to do more than community service—it was to help students explore social justice issues, to offer students an opportunity to reflect on an experience of service, to improve the quality of service experiences, to initiate a service-learning program, to build partnerships with community agencies—to be a center for service and justice education.

In 2006, the office's name was officially changed to the Center for Community Service and Justice to more effectively describe the center's work and foci. Though both co-founders have moved on, today, their dream continues to be realized in the Center for Community Service and Justice.