Moreau Center for Service and Justice

Our Mission

In partnership with local and global communities, the Moreau Center for Service and Justice engages critical human and environmental concerns through active learning, mutually beneficial service, and experience-based leadership development rooted in Catholic social teaching.

We strive to fulfill this mission by offering opportunities to engage service, experience immersion, and explore leadership. Take a look through our website to learn more about getting involved and check out our highlights to see what's new with the Moreau Center.

Building an Anti-Racist Center

We acknowledge that we have not committed fully to the cause of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression in our programs, and we take a resolute and unequivocal stand in pursuit of these values. We know this statement is just a first step, and we need your support in matching word and deed. Therefore, in keeping with our core commitments of Reflection, Solidarity, Community, and Social Justice, we ask you --students, faculty, staff, community partners, and neighbors -- to firmly and lovingly hold us accountable. 

Volunteer in your community to assist in COVID-19 relief


Monthly Dinners are Back!  With all of the challenges we’ve been experiencing lately, it’s time for a break with new friends and old. You’ll have to bring your own dinner, since we’re all in remote locations, but that won’t stop us from connecting!

 Let's come together for a night of engaging conversation to explore our theme Neighbor is a Verb and to meet fellow students at our first monthly dinner of the year.

WHAT: Moreau Center for Service and Justice Monthly Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, September 24 at 5:40 PM

WHERE: Zoom. Sign up on Engage  

Summer Interns for Justice: This summer, eight UP students worked as Interns for Justice with placements in the US, Europe and Asia.  Read about their contributions and experiences on our blog.

Learn about the Moreau Center and the type of work we do in the community through this short video featuring program director, Laurie Laird, and program manager, Tshombe Brown:

Top School For Service Award: We are so pleased to announce that Moreau Center's work promoting post-grad service in social justice earned the University of Portland recognition as a 2020 Top School for Service! Learn more about the award through Catholic Volunteer Network.

Environmental Justice Immersion: Over Spring Break 2020, students explored environmental justice issues in Portland and the Columbia River Gorge in Moreau Center's first ever Environmental Justice Immersion. Check out this video of our transformational experience: