Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice

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Mission, Vision, and History

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Mission & Vision

Loyola’s Center for Community Service+Justice (CCSJ) connects campus and community for a more just and equitable world.

Inspired by Loyola’s Jesuit Catholic educational mission and identity that calls for a dynamic integration of academic excellence, social responsibility, and faith that does justice, CCSJ is committed to reciprocal collaboration with community partners and to involvement with people who are marginalized.  CCSJ aspires to place a shared emphasis on the engagement of Loyola students and faculty and the pursuit of positive community impact in Loyola’s immediate York Road neighborhoods, throughout Baltimore City, and the world.

CCSJ Aims:

  1. Engage Loyola students and faculty to serve, learn and lead for a more just and equitable world.

  2. Build capacity for positive change in our local York Road community.

  3. Animate Loyola’s mission through measuring, highlighting, and communicating our work internally and externally.


In 1992, Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., professor of law and social responsibility, and Erin Swezey, the director of Loyola’s Community Service Office envisioned and co-founded a Center for Values and Service to help students explore social justice issues, offer opportunities to reflect on experiences of service, improve the quality of service experiences, pioneer an academic service-learning program, and build partnerships with community agencies.

In 2006, under the leadership of Sr. Catherine “Missy” Gugerty, SSND, the Center changed its name to the Center for Community Service and Justice to more effectively describe the work and focus of social justice education through service.

In 2008, the university’s strategic plan called for “a leadership role in the development of a multi-dimensional plan to improve the quality of life for all persons living, working, and learning in the York Road corridor.” Following substantive listening projects with area residents, Loyola’s York Road Initiative was established.

From 2010-2013, the York Road Initiative grew from a coalition of university partners to a community-based office with staff and a cadre of student, faculty, and resident volunteers.

In 2016, the Center for Community Service and Justice and York Road Initiative join, integrate efforts, and deepen the partnership between Loyola’s academic affairs and the needs and assets of local community partners.