Center for Social Action

The University’s Community and Extension Services (CES) Office envisions developing socially aware, sensitive and responsive members of the Louisian Community through active involvement in community extension, service learning, and outreach activities towards community development. As the over-all coordinating body of the various community extension activities that are initiated by the different sectors of the Louisian Community, the Community and Extension Services Office shall:
  • Participate in constructive and relevant social activities for the promotion of justice, peace and integrity of creation.
  • Sustain holistic development of communities which are humane, self-reliant, sustainable and dynamic.
  • Encourage volunteerism among the sectors of the Louisian Community for the noble and worthwhile extension activities thereby cultivating the same spirit in the client – partner communities
The University of Saint Louis foresees itself as a CICM Catholic educational institution that offers quality relevant education that aims for the holistic development of the human person. As an institution of higher learning, the university aligns itself with its threefold function of research, instruction, and extension. Believing that community involvement is a basic and pervasive aspect of university education, the University through the Community and Extension Services Office (CESO) initiates and implements extension/ outreach/ community service activities that allow students, faculty, and personnel to apply new knowledge they generate to address specific social development problems. However, unlike state universities and colleges (SUCs) which are mandated specifically to align their programs in support of national, regional, or local development plans (RA 7722 or Higher Education Act of 1994, Sec. 2, Par. 2), the university assumes a more liberal thrust for its extension programs. As a CICM educational institution, it pursues it programs within the broader frame of the CICM missionary focus on the transformation of the world and the coming of the reign of God (CICM Constitutions Commentary, 1999).

The holistic development of peoples and communities as the University envisions suggests that it commits itself to the educational, spiritual, socio- cultural, economic, and political, health, and environmental development needs of its partner communities and the nation as a whole. However, as there are also other institutions working in each of these areas, the university may collaborate with them or endeavors to focus on specific needs that are least attended to most importantly those that are in line with CICM mission priorities and insofar as its capacities can reasonably permit.

As a higher education institution, the university brings to bear in its extension/ outreach/ service learning programs its expertise in instruction and research. These programs, however, are not a one- way traffic. They are implemented as a result of researches conducted and concepts taught in the classroom. As the university extends its expertise with the partner communities, feedbacks are generated from the stakeholders. These feedbacks will eventually be used to assess and improve the programs. Hence, the university contributes to the development of the partner communities and at the same time the values and valuable learning through university’s exposure to partner communities play a vital role in the significant development of the Louisian Community.
  1. Charity. This refers to the gift- giving programs of the University. The University organizes charity programs guided by the principle of reciprocity. The giver and the receiver should both benefit from the programs as the latter showcase their talents in a program organized for the gift-giving. The Charity services of the university are spearheaded by the Pastoral Center of the University. Three charity services are conducted annually. These services include “Alay Pasko”, “Paskong Pambata”, and Distribution of School Supplies for Assisted Day Care/ DKLC pupils.
  2. Health and Wellness. This service enhances the quality of life through improving the health profile of the partner- communities. Health and Wellness services are spearheaded by the College of Health and Allied Sciences (CHAS). The University has a semestral conduct of Health Education to its partner communities. Though Medical- Dental Mission which is conducted twice a year is naturally a charity program, this strengthens the University’s campaign towards health and wellness.
  3. Education and Citizenship. This service seeks to promote education as a tool towards empowerment, hence, developing individuals as active citizens of the community/ nation. The School of Education, Arts and Sciences; Grade School; and High School spearhead programs on Education and Citizenship. Programs like Functional Literacy, Citizenship Education, Cultural Literacy, Professional Development and Training fall under this program.
  4. Environmental and Social Advocacies. This service strongly supports a certain cause. The University’s advocacy on Environment through its Tree Legacy Program and River and Cave Clean Up, advocacy to promote life through its Blood-letting Activity, advocacy to support green living through its Backyard Gardening, and advocacy on Human Rights are some of the University’s programs under this service.
  5. Resource and Entrepreneurship. This service aims to develop partner communities’ own potentials, capabilities and resources for self- reliance like transfer of technology and know- how.  It is through this service that the University trains its partner communities on business, entrepreneurship and marketing which will consequently lead to sustainable livelihoods. This satisfies the thrust of the University in empowering the community and its people. These programs are spearheaded by the School of Business Administration and Accountancy (SBAA); School of Engineering, Architecture and Fine Arts (SEAFA); and College of Health and Allied Sciences (CHAS).
  6. Spiritual Formation and Enrichment. This service promotes growth and development of the whole person by a purposeful focus on spiritual life, interactions with others in usual life and spiritual practices. Catechesis, Celebration of Holy Masses and other sacraments, recollections and other spiritual formation activities are specific programs under this service. The Pastoral Center through the Department of Philosophy and Religious Instruction spearheads programs under this service.