Student Groups

The Center for Peace and Justice Education houses a number of student groups, aligned with Villanova’s mission to promote a just and peaceful world. Whether addressing human rights, poverty, labor, racism, sexism, the environment, animal welfare, or upholding the value of life itself, these groups work on specific injustices in the world and are not affiliated with any specific political platform.


Hands-On Service

The Center for Peace and Justice Education partners with Campus Ministry to offer a number of opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience on and off campus.

Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia

Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) is an initiative of Philadelphia area college-students who shelter people experiencing homelessness. The students offer guests warm meals, a place to sleep, a caring environment, and a variety of holistic programs designed to get them back on their feet. SREHUP also works year-round to advocate for the policy changes that are needed to eradicate homelessness. Stephanie Sena, affiliated faculty member in the Center, is founder and president of SREHUP and connects students with opportunities to get involved.


Victor's Vision

Victor's Vision is an after-school program for underserved youth in Chulucanas, Peru. Children receive the supplemental academic and personal support, guidance, and resources necessary to dream and pursue their dreams through education. Emily Felsenthal '10 CLAS founded the organization when she was a student at Villanova, and currents students can still get involved.



Peace and Justice students develop concrete skills through internships during the semester or summer.

The Philadelphia Social Justice Internship is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education and the Campus Ministry Center for Service and Social Justice. The program provides Villanova undergraduates a funded opportunity to do social justice work in the greater Philadelphia region over the summer, accompanied by opportunities for shared reflection among the student cohort.

The College and University also offer resources for students to secure internships, including:

  • The Office for Undergraduate Students internship program helps students earn academic credit for their internship
  • Handshake is a University-wide resource for students to find internships, jobs, professional development events and more.


Global Learning

Peace and Justice students participate in study abroad programs around the globe. Villanova semester programs of interest include:

  • Communications, Society and Marketing in the Italian Context: Explore modern Italian society and culture through contemporary coursework in immigration, politics, social justice and communications. Live in a beautiful and vibrant college town, with opportunities to discover other areas of Italy via excursions to Torino, Bologna, Abruzzo and Lecce.

Numerous other opportunities exist. The Office of Education Abroad and the Center for Peace and Justice help connect students with a study aboard experience that match their interests and classes eligible for the PJ Major or Minor.


College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the Center, Villanova provides support in all aspects of your collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

Center for Peace & Justice Education

Villanova University 
Corr Hall, 106
800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085




The Peace and Justice major has an academic partnership with the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS), offering academic programs in six area studies, Gender and Women's Studies and Peace and Justice.