Center for Peace and Justice Education

Student Organizations

The Center houses a number of different student groups whose mission is to address specific issues of social justice consistent with the values and mission of the University. Whether the issue of interest is human rights, poverty, labor, racism, sexism, the environment, animal welfare, or upholding the value of life itself, the groups work on injustices in the world and are not affiliated with any particular political platform.

Each group meets on a regular basis to discuss relevant issues, plans activities and organizes events that serve to further educate the Villanova community about social problems and solutions. While the primary purpose of each group is educational, education without action is incomplete, and thus group activities may include direct service, activism, advocacy, or other opportunities for change in some capacity. Groups are run by the students and their advisors, and membership is open to any member of the Villanova community.   We welcome the proposal of any new group that addresses a specific social justice issue, as long as it is in keeping with Catholic Social Teaching and not duplicating the work of other groups.

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About the Center

The Center for Peace & Justice Education is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a division of the Office for Mission and Ministry.

The academic program in Peace & Justice, open to all students in the University, offers an interdisciplinary approach to topics of peace and social justice. The course of study provides students with an opportunity to study the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching as applied to the complex problems of our time.

Courses focus on the components of a moral and just society, reflect on the alternative models for socially responsible resolution of injustice and conflict, and provide opportunities to learn the necessary skills to be advocates of a just and peaceful world. Many peace and justice courses meet requirements of the core curriculum. Students in each of the colleges of the university can complete a major or minor in Peace & Justice.

The Center for Peace & Justice Education also coordinates programming and opportunities for active engagement within and beyond the Villanova community.  The Center houses a variety of student organizations, sponsors numerous lectures and films, and presents annual awards for outstanding work in peace and justice.

Our Mission

The Center explicitly carries out the Catholic and Augustinian mission of the University by contributing to the search for peace and social justice through education rooted in the Catholic Social Tradition. Through its various components, the Center strives to help the University community understand the essential elements of a moral and just society, reflect on models for socially responsible resolution of injustice and conflict, and learn the necessary skills to be advocates for a just and peaceful world.

Components of the Center:

  • Interdisciplinary academic program in peace and justice.
  • Education in peace and justice issues through student organizations.
  • Education of faculty, staff, students and the local community in peace and justice issues through speakers, forums, workshops and films.
  • The development of skills through training and experience to effectively participate in the process of building a more just, compassionate and peaceful global society.
  • Publication of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies.
Updated 9/29/16 by the CPJE Assessment Committee
Approved 10/19/16 by CPJE Faculty/Staff

Learn | Serve | Act

Learn | Serve | Act

Departments across the University have collaborated to list opportunities to learn, serve, and act for justice both on and off campus. Click on the hands and check out the opportunities.


Alumni Corner

CPJE Alumni

This page is a forum for contact among alumni of our program. In addition, it provides information to prospective students about graduates of our program. Only graduates of our program who have provided us with the following information and indicated that they would like to be included on this web page will be listed below.

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Student and Alumni Peace & Justice Dinner

An impressive group of Peace and Justice alumni expressed an interest in creating a network of mentors for current Peace and Justice minors and concentrators. They came together on March 23, 2014 after much planning they hosted a dinner in the Villanova room where past and present Peace and Justice students could connect. A panel of 3-4 alumni spoke before dinner which was followed by a dialogue with various alumni over the course of the meal.They shared their experiences, offered networking opportunities, and discussed how they have integrated an education in peace and justice into their careers, their families, and their overall lives beyond graduation.

The current Peace and Justice minors and concentrators raved about this experience.The efforts of the Peace and Justice alumni has created a connection among the two groups that will foster many more P&J happenings in the future!

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Center for Peace & Justice Education

Villanova University | Corr Hall, 106
800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085
cpje@villanova.edu
[610] 519-4499
[610] 519-4496 (fax)

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