Moreau Center for Service and Justice

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. Check out our highlights to see what's new with the Moreau Center.


Apply for Social Justice Immersions 2022-23! The application to apply for immersion is now open! Click here to apply by September 22 for the Rural Immersion and October 9 for all other immersions.

There are six immersions for this upcoming school year:

  • Fall Break - Rural, in Central Washington, focused on immigration and agriculture
  • End of Winter Break - Urban, downtown Portland, houselessness
  • Spring Break - Border, Tucson, AZ, immigration; and North Portland Civil Rights, racial justice
  • May - Community Organizing and Resistance (CORE), Detroit and Chicago, community organizing and its intersection with social issues; and Environmental Justice, in Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Financial Assistance is available for all immersions! Complete the application to receive the short financial assistance form.

AmeriCorps VISTA for 2022-23 The Moreau Center for Service and Justice is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA for 2022-23. The Community Engagement VISTA will support the implementation of Give Pulse, a platform to promote, track, and measure the impact of the University of Portland’s engagement with the Portland community. The system will improve UP’s efficiency and capacity to respond to partnership opportunities.  The VISTA will also support a process with campus and community partners to explore how to strengthen partnerships, build collaborations, and develop a more intentional, integrated, place-based approach to community engagement.   

 Link to position description here:  

 To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to  

Deadline to apply is September 19, 2022.

Questions about the Moreau Center or the position, contact Laurie Laird at or Tashawna Gordon at  

 Questions about AmeriCorps, contact 

Come work with us!!  

Summer Immersions Journey with the students and read about their experiences in their blogs:

  • CORE Immersion 2022 Blog
  • Civil Rights Immersion 2022 Blog

Building an Anti-Racist Center In pursuit of creating a more just, equitable and loving world, we will apply an Anti-Racist lens to the following areas of our work:

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 former program manager, Tshombe Brown:

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: