Passion for Justice April Action
April Action is a yearly day of environmentally themed service.
Passion for Justice tutoring
University Ministry sponsors after-school tutoring programs at local elementary schools.
Passion for Justice Bolivia
The Sarlo Scholars global service-learning programs provide outreach opportunities in locations including Bolivia.

At the University of San Francisco, making the world a better place is at the core of every curriculum.

Nursing students provide treatment to low-income patients in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, architecture majors design and rebuild homes in Nicaragua and education students lead elementary school classrooms in Belize.

That commitment to social justice—a calling greater than personal achievement—is what makes the University of San Francisco truly unique. It’s not part of a political agenda or lip service. “This isn’t volunteering,” said Andrew Shane, class of 2013. “This is learning. It changed me forever.”


322 in 76
Since it was founded in 1961, the Peace Corps has attracted 322 USF volunteers serving in 76 countries. Such a high level of participation places USF among the top ten small colleges in the nation whose graduates have joined the Peace Corps.

Living-Learning Community Outreach

David Carrillo, 1st place winner in the 2012 USF Student Video Contest, interviews students in the Erasmus Living-Learning Community where students focus on ethics, service, and social justice.
Erasmus Pedagogy

Project Learn Belize

Project Learn Belize is an immersion experience that centers around Sacred Heart Elementary School, one of the largest primary schools in the town of Dangriga. Students are exposed to the realities of cultural diversity, tradition, and challenges of education, health, and governance in this developing country in the Caribbean Basin.

Project Learn Belize has sponsored School of Education programs, including the Teacher Assistant Program and the Teacher-to-Teacher Exchange, where students team-teach and work in the classrooms. Project Learn Belize started a joint initiative with the School of Nursing and Health Professions to implement a Health Advocacy Program, where students provide on-site educational units in health, nutrition, and first aid for children and adults of the community.

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View a USF student video that captures their immersion experience while working with the children in the community of Dangriga.