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Office of Social Justice

The Office of Social Justice provides students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to put social justice education into action. By participating in local, domestic, and international service experiences, participants are able to be agents of positive social change. Through service, service-learning, and community-based advocacy initiatives, the Office of Social Justice strives to provide the highest quality immersion and educational experiences for the Mount Community and those we serve. The staff members of the Office of Social Justice are experienced facilitators for training programs, service experiences, group discussions, and retreats; let us help you!

Location: Lower McGowan Hall, Room 114
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
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Our Activities and Services

Service Experiences

The Office of Social Justice offers a wide variety of service experiences to the Mount community, including day trips to a wide variety of community partners. Participants will be given an opportunity to engage in service and then reflect on related social justice issues.

Where Will You Leave Your Mark?

The Office of Social Justice is committed to providing opportunities to the Mount Community as they answer the call to use their gifts and talents for positive social change. By working with our many community partners, individuals are able to challenge themselves in new environments, meet new people, and experience their world through the lens of justice!

Did You Know?

Mount students contribute over 23,000 hours of direct service to our local, domestic, and international community each year? You can get involved, too!

Our Community Partners

  • Community Development – People's Homesteading of Baltimore, Habitat for Humanity, Seton Center Outreach, The 6th Branch
  • Outreach – Montevue Assisted Living, St. Joseph's Ministries, The ARC of Carroll County, The ARC of Frederick County, Quest for L'Arche Frederick, L'Arche of Greater Washington DC, Special Olympics Maryland, Housing Authority of the City of Frederick
  • Hunger and Homelessness – Frederick Rescue Mission, Silence of Mary Home, National Coalition for the Homeless, Emmitsburg Food Bank
  • Human Rights and Advocacy – Catholic Relief Services, SERRV Market

Immersion Trips

Immersion trips are offered during fall and spring break, as well as during the summer. These incredible experiences, ranging from one to two weeks, allow participants to connect with the greater domestic and international community through service, building community, and reflection.

Serve Like Never Before

Get away and experience America with the Mount's nationally recognized Break-Away program! Over each break, the Office of Social Justice heads across the country in partnership with some of the best community-based organizations in the world! Students spend a week in service to others while learning about systemic inequalities found in America and discovering more about their responsible role in society.

Fall Immersion Trips

Highlighted Experience: Vanceburg, KYSpend the week of fall break serving others and practicing simple living in the rural community. Learn about the need of the rural poor and marginalized in the Appalachian community. Partnering with Emmaus Farms, join us for a week of service, Appalachian cultural immersion, and spiritual retreat in the Catholic tradition.

Spring Immersion Trips

Highlighted Experience: Jacksonville, FLDiscover fair and equitable housing opportunities through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. Partnering with Beaches Habitat for Humanity, join us for a week of construction, reflection, and sun.

Encounter: Belize

Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience! Encounter: Belize is an incredible opportunity to embark on a 12-day expedition with the Office of Social Justice. Participants will be immediately immersed in a new climate, Mayan culture, explore the rainforest, be exposed to diverse cultures, and enjoy local delicious Belizean cuisine. Partnering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, participants will spend five rewarding days serving the community. Join us in exploring the beauty of the natural world and experiencing global solidarity first-hand through the culture, people, and history of Belize.

CORE Leadership Program

Core is a unique leadership development program offered by the Office of Social Justice. Passionate, enthusiastic student leaders are fully trained through this intensive, rewarding program to plan, facilitate, and lead the trips and events run by the Office of Social Justice.


Special Olympics Fall Fest

Each fall the Mount has hosted the Special Olympics Fall Fest, a competition of Special Olympics Games, at the PNC Sports Complex. The university has hosted the fall games for 30 years, every year with the help of more than 300 student volunteers coordinated by the Office of Social Justice. Send us an email or stop by the office if you're interested in volunteering!

What are students saying about this event?

In addition to score-keeping, and escorting the athletes, volunteers say their most important responsibility is to forge new relationships. "We get to have these positive interactions like talking to them, giving high-fives and hugs, and just getting to know them a little bit better. [We ask] 'Why do you do this? Why do you love this sport? And why do you love Special Olympics?' what they say and how we interact with them is like a great vibe for us,” explained student at Mount St. Mary’s and lead volunteer for the 2018 Special Olympics Fall Fest, Brandon Tieu.