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, a former winner of the USF Student Video Contest, interviews students in the Erasmus Living-Learning Community where students focus on ethics, service, and social justice.
Erasmus Pedagogy

Ex-Gang Member Reforms Calif. Prison Sentencing

By age 12 he was skipping school, drinking beer, and hanging with gang members. Luis Aroche MPA ’15 ended up in the hospital after a fight in which he was beaten with a crowbar and stabbed in the stomach by a rival gang member.

Now he's on the frontlines of the fight to reduce California’s overcrowded prisons, now at about 144 percent of capacity. The 35-year-old graduate student is in a unique position — one that was created to change California’s, and possibly the country’s, approach to criminal sentencing.

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It’s graduation season, and a new class of USF students will soon launch careers in law, science, nonprofits, business, and more. Almost all of them want to change the world; some already have.