About Us

The Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) is working toward the day when all people collaborate to enact social justice, inclusion, and sustainability in every aspect of life. 

Founded in 1999, CILSA collaborates with students, faculty, staff and community partners to create and sustain transformative community engagement experiences inspired by the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions.

CILSA is an academic center that aims to be a leader in the scholarship, theory and practice of community engagement.

hhhHEAD – CILSA programs foster students’ intellectual and and social responsibility for the common good.personal development through academic exploration of issues related to justice that prompt critical thinking in and outside the classroom.  For faculty and staff, CILSA provides resources, materials and education in best practices to integrate social justice within the curricular and co-curricular experience.

HEART – CILSA programs nurture students’ critical reflection of their experiences as they relate to meeting academic, intellectual, and other personal goals.  The process promotes an understanding premised on knowledge coupled with compassion.

HANDS – CILSA programs provide an array of service activities through coursework and co-curricular experiences that enable students, faculty, and staff to apply their knowledge and understanding in order to engage critical social issues and promote social justice for the common good.

 Q: Where can I find CILSA on campus?

 A: CILSA offices can be found at two different locations on campus: 

1. CILSA Information & Resource Center (IRC), a.k.a. “The Fishbowl” 1st Floor of Ferroggiaro Hall (across from the ATM machine)

Visit CILSA student leaders in the IRC to sign up for ongoing community engagement opportunties and social justice education program. The Fishbowl is CILSA’s “front door” – a leadership, justice and spirituality hub for all of our programs. 

2. CILSA Administrative Offices 2nd Floor of Ferroggiaro Hall (Suite 203) (Learn more about CILSA staff)