Office for Civic & Social Engagement

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Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
Down the Avenue • June 14, 2016


Office for Civic and Social Engagement


Down the Avenue events raise funds to support the work of the Saint Mary's College Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE), including: the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) Program which provides Saint Mary's students as partners with Title 1 elementary schools in the roles of tutors, teachers' assistants, reading partners, and special program coordinators; sponsorship of the annual Rebuilding Together house; food drives; the 12 Days of Christmas program which provides clothing, food, and gifts for area families in need; and a summer service internship with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

In December 2010, Saint Mary’s College was among 115 U.S. colleges and universities awarded the Carnegie Foundation’s “Engaged Campus” designation. This recognition is given to campuses that demonstrate deep and diverse ties to the local and global community.  It reflects Saint Mary’s mission to educate the whole woman – mind, body, heart, and soul – and empower women to make a difference in the world.

According to the OCSE, 80% of Saint Mary’s College students participate in volunteer service by the time they graduate. (The national average for college student volunteer service is 55%.)

To learn more about the Office for Civic and Social Engagement and the volunteer programs it is involved with, go here.