CCSJ: 20 Years, Thousands Served

By Magazine Staff  |  Photos courtesy of CCSJ

Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., (right) smiles with a group of students and Rev. Steve Spahn, S.J., (immediately on the left of Fr. Brown) in Tecate, Mexico, in January 1999.

Founded in 1992 by Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., now special assistant for mission integration, and Erin Swezey, then-director of the community service office, the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) is celebrating two decades at Loyola.

For 20 years, CCSJ’s mission as a center for service and justice education has remained constant—to help students to do higher-quality community service through partnerships with community agencies, explore social justice issues, reflect on their service experience, and participate in service-learning.

CCSJ is not only thriving, but also getting accolades.

Megan Linz Dickinson, ’01 (left), CCSJ’s assistant director of service-learning, poses with Sr. Catherine “Missy” Gugerty, SSND, M.S. ’98, director of CCSJ.

This spring, Sr. Catherine “Missy” Gugerty, SSND, M.S. ’98, director of CCSJ, received the Della Strada Award from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) for her five years of volunteer work as a spiritual reflector for IVC leadership.

Loyola was also named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education.

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