Saint Mary’s is a renowned center of learning, and our primary work is educating our graduates and undergraduates. But there’s more to SMC academics than what happens in the classroom: our academic centers and institutes are important points of contact between the intellectual life of Saint Mary’s and the outside world.
Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action
CILSA promotes a culture of service and social justice education consonant with Catholic social teaching and integrating the three traditions of the college: Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts.
Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action
The Cummins Institute seeks to deepen appreciation among all constituents of the campus community for the beauty, wisdom, vitality and diversity of the Catholic Tradition.
John F. Henning Institute
The Henning Institute is a center for the study of Catholic social thought, with special emphasis on the question of human work and its centrality to the common good.
School of Liberal Arts
Saint Mary’s College Leadership Center
The Leadership Center provides a unique setting for developing valuable leadership skills and capacities in individuals and organizations facing complex public and private sector challenges.
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism addresses issues in the public square by engaging religiously diverse perspectives to work toward a more inclusive political culture and solutions to public policy issues.
First Generation Center
The First Gen Center is dedicated to appreciating, understanding and improving the educational experience for SMC students who are the first generation in their families to attend college.
School of Economics & Business Administration
Elfenworks Center for the Study of Fiduciary Capitalism
The Center produces both academic- and action-oriented research that explores the implications of the rise of institutional investors as the dominant owners of equity and debt capital.
Center for the Regional Economy
The CRE brings together faculty, students and alumni at Saint Mary’s College with business, governmental and non-profit groups in the San Francisco East Bay, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the Asia-Pacific Region in support of an economy that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Kalmanovitz School of Education
The Center for Environmental Literacy
The Center for Environmental Literacy supports and advances interdisciplinary, place-based education for sustainable living.
Fannie Preston Literacy Learning Center
The Literacy Learning Center brings together resources, schools, researchers, teachers and students to make lifelong literacy a reality.
Lasallian Educator Fellowship Program
Lasallian schools are established to provide a quality education for youth, with a preference for serving the poor. This program prepares educators for Lasallian schools in San Francisco.