The Moreau Center

Information The Moreau Center Core Commitments document describes the fundamental values of our programs.

The University of Portland’s Moreau Center helps develop skills, knowledge, and habits to serve the world through hope, compassion and solidarity.  Rooted in Catholic social teaching, we provide direct service opportunities, leadership development, reflection and social analysis. We aim to make God known, loved and served by caring for our neighbors, building community, and working for the common good.

Service is one of the key components in a Catholic education. Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Portland find service with and for others to be a powerful way to apply their education and faith in the world.

There are many reasons to get involved with service and social justice activities at the University of Portland. Volunteering:

  • Responds to a community or individual need
  • Encourages academic, emotional, and spiritual growth
  • Brings new friends together
  • Creates opportunity for change
  • Provides practical work experience and leadership opportunities

Participating in activities that raise your awareness to social concerns and issues of justice:

  • Educates you in the tradition of Catholic social teaching
  • Helps you integrate your academic studies with current issues and events
  • Challenges you to seek the common good in all that you do
  • Encourages you to think critically about your ideas and values
  • Moves you to concrete action on behalf of others

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Students spend a great deal of time and effort fundraising in order to participate on these service-learning programs.  Your donation will provide a life-changing experience for University of Portland students and make a positive impact on the communities they serve.  Donate online here and specify the Moreau Center service-learning trip of your choice. Checks can be written to University of Portland and mailed to: Moreau Center/5000 N Willamette Blvd MSC 162/Portland, OR 97203.  

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 Benefit Brunch 2010 speaker, Rachel Prusynski

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9/29/11 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Film Night - Freedom Writers Other Export
10/1/11 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM SOLV Tree Planting! Carter Creek (Lake Oswego) Other Export
10/4/11 6:40 PM – 8:50 PM Sisters of Selma: Cicil Right Movement Discussion Other Export
10/7/11 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM Downtown Chapel Hospitality Other Export
10/8/11 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Education Event to St. John's Event Export
10/10/11 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Serving Dinner at TPI's Clark Center Other Repeat Weekly: Recur every 2 week(s) on: Monday, Export
10/17/11 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Portland Idealist Grad Fair Other Export
10/18/11 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Informational Volunteer Orientation - Adelante Mujeres Other Export
10/22/11 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM La Esperanza Farm Community Work Party and Potluck! Other Export
10/24/11 All Day Urban Policy & Spring Immersions Applications Other Export
10/27/11 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Annual Pumpkin Carving Night Other Export
10/28/11 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM “Students in the Developing World” Other Export
10/28/11 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM Downtown Chapel Hospitality Other Export
10/29/11 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Habitat for Humanity - Rivergate Build #2 Other Export
11/4/11 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM Downtown Chapel Hospitality Other Export
11/10/11 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Whole Foods Fundraiser Other Export
11/17/11 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM A Night for Tree Lovers: Movie Night Other Export
11/18/11 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM Downtown Chapel Hospitality Other Export
11/19/11 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Habitat for Humanity - Rivergate Build #3 Other Export
11/19/11 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM TRC Quad Event Other Export
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Alternative Breaks and Immersion Trips


Alternative breaks and immersions are a wonderful way to serve and learn from other cultures, socio-economic groups, and even other countries. These trips provide students with a hands-on, close-up view of different populations and issues in Oregon, Washington, other parts of the West, and Latin America. Take a moment to explore the possibilities and contact the Moreau Center or the designated student coordinator for more information.

Service-Learning Trip FAQs for Students

Pre-Orientation Immersion
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Freshman Service Plunge

August 2015 
The Service Plunge provides an opportunity for 1st year and transfer students to spend your first days as a UP student volunteering with local service agencies.
Fall Break Immersions
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Rural Immersion

October 2015 
Explore issues of agribusiness and migrant farm life in the U.S. in Washington's Yakima Valley during fall break. Visit social service agencies and participate in service projects.
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Food Justice Immersion

October 2015 
Explore food justice and environmental issues in Portland and the surrounding area.
Winter Break Immersion
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Urban Policy Immersion

January 2016 
Learn about local urban issues and public policies affecting the poor during this immersion program in downtown Portland during the last week of winter break.

Spring Break Immersions
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Border Immersion

March 2016 
Travel to the US/Mexico Border on Spring Break to learn about immigration, the global economy, environmental and human rights issues. The trip may include service projects and home stays with working-class Mexican families.

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Collegiate Challenge Immersion

March 2016 
Participate in this one-week Habitat for Humanity build with 14 other University of Portland students. The group will work on building houses within the Pacific Northwest.
Summer Immersions

Nicaragua Immersion

May 2016 
Travel to Nicaragua immediately following Spring semester on a three week immersion experience. The trip may include homestays with campesinos, service in neighborhoods, and presentations by local experts on topics such as fair trade, foreign policy, human rights, and other social justice issues.
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Civil Rights Immersion

May 2016 
*Please note that this is an every-other-year immersion.
Visit major Civil Rights sites in Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana before traveling to New Orleans to participate in a Habitat for Humanity rebuilding project. Visit a racial reconciliation farm community, walk the trail of the bus boycott, and walk through Tuskegee University.
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India Immersion

May 2016
Travel to India immediately following Spring semester on a three week immersion experience. Serve with Mother Theresa's Ministries in Calcutta! Trek in the Himalayas! Eat amazing food, experience the rich cultural and religious heritage of India, and meet wonderful people!

 Summer Service Programs
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East Africa Initiative

June - August 2016 
This new internship program is in collaboration with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. This is a 9 week program. 

L'Arche Bologna

May - July 2016
Learn the "art of presence" and the beauty of friendship when you immerse yourself in a L'Arche community in Bologna, Italy. This 8-week summer service opportunity begins just after spring semester.