University of San Francisco President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. is the new chairman of the California Campus Compact, a coalition of leading colleges and universities that works to advance civic and community engagement for a healthy, just, and democratic society.
“Students need to understand what the world looks like from the perspective of the people for whom the world does not work well,” Fr. Privett said upon his appointment. “We're never going to solve the problems if we're not aware of the problems—the widening gap between rich and poor, the wide disparity of lifestyles between Southern Africa and San Francisco.”
As chair, Fr. Privett, who has served on the executive board for two years, hopes to continue a trend of more colleges and universities integrating service learning and community engagement into their core curriculum, rather than treating it as an elective or “add-on.”