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Center for Social Justice
and Civic Engagement

Rooted in justice, sprouting change and extending branches of love

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HNU Club Impact members gardening together
Creating spaces of dialogue


The Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement (CSJCE) strives to enrich the understanding of social issues through personal exploration and socially responsible leadership, in an effort to create a culture of service at the University and within the local and global community.

The Center helps students explore social issues by:

  • Creating spaces of dialogue for students to explore their individual and group identities and the impact of power and privilege in relation to service and social justice
  • Developing mutually beneficial partnerships that will enhance HNU’s commitment to service and enrich the communities that HNU supports
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop as socially responsible leaders and active citizens and expand their worldview

Ways to get involved

Community-based Learning (CBL)

Community-based Learning or CBL courses offer students and faculty opportunities to enhance classroom learning through relationship and capacity-building, experiential practice, self-reflection, and developing a passion to advance the public good through collaborating directly with local community organizations such as Mercy Retirement & Care Center, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), Oakland Catholic Worker, and SuperStars Literacy.

Peace and Justice Club

The Peace and Justice Club is a student-led club that advocates for social justice-related topics while building community on the HNU campus. They provide opportunities for service and information to bring awareness about social issues facing the greater Oakland and Bay Area communities.

Service Opportunities

On an ongoing basis, we facilitate opportunities for students to engage in service with local community organizations such as Alameda County Foodbank, Chapter 510, Planting Justice, The Unity Council, and others.

Federal Work-Study Service Jobs

The Federal Work Study Service program encourages students who are eligible for work-study funds to work for the community. We facilitate student jobs with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations that are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs.