Center for Social Concerns

  • Founded in 1988 and inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, The Center for Social Concerns empowers students to make community service, education for peace and justice, and civic engagement for social change an integral part of Gannon education.

    Alternative Break Service Trips

    Alternative Break Service Trips take students to sites both domestically and internationally for a period of service and mutual cultural exchange over academic breaks.  The trips are based on four pillars: service, simplicity, community, and reflection and are led by trained student leaders with support from faculty and staff.  Students and faculty/staff interested in going on a trip can find an application on our internal website.

    Advocacy and Awareness

    Take Back the Night 

    This annual rally against sexual assault and domestic violence is held every spring in cooperation with the Violence Prevention Office, Gannon Counseling CenterSafeNet Domestic Violence Safety Network, the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and the Crime Victims Center .

    Hunger and Homelessness Week 

    Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a national event sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.  It is dedicated to raising awareness on campuses and in communities about the realities of hunger and homelessness and what we can do about it on the local, state, national, and international levels.  Past events, which were planned and led by student leaders, have included keynote speakers, food basket projects, and advocacy work.

    Community Service

    GIVE Day

    GIVE Day is Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere.  Over 1,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gather to volunteer in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, the city of Erie, and cities across the country.  This gives Gannon students the opportunity to be present in their community, meet real needs, and support our community partners.

    Day of Caring

    Day of Caring is part of the United Way's Days of Caring every spring.  Gannon encourages and facilitates students to participate in this national service event.

    Tutoring and Mentoring Program

    Gannon encourages students to volunteer at one of the three neighborhood after-school programs:  Sister Gus' Kid's Café, the Neighborhood Art House , and the Bayfront NATO/Martin Luther King Center. Freshman residence halls and commuter life provide transportation to Sister Gus' Kid's Café on a rotating basis.  Upperclassmen contact Jessie Hubert or call 871-5602.

    Post-Graduate Service

    Post-graduate service opportunities are advertised, encouraged and celebrated in collaboration with Campus Ministry and the Office of Service-Learning.  If you are interested in exploring post-graduate service opportunities, please contact Laura Goble, director of the Center for Social Concerns, at 871-7433, to set up an appointment for one-on-one advising.  In the meantime, check out our resources!