Supporting You on Your Path
Elmhurst College’s Niebuhr Center supports and guides students, faculty, and staff to find and follow their unique paths and professions toward serving society and social justice, in the spirit of the Niebuhr legacy.
Social justice refers to the rights and/or obligations that weave communities together, and in this way addresses systemic injustice.
We realize our mission by supporting members of the college community with diverse philosophical beliefs, religious perspectives and academic disciplines, and encouraging reflection, discernment, service and social justice. To contemplate their path in life, students must continually ask themselves, “Who am I, and what do I owe to the community?”
The Center’s programs aim to promote self and community transformation by engaging students, faculty and staff in activities that prompt questions/reflection about personal and societal values, norms and practices:
- Niebuhr Center Faculty Fellow for Social Justice
- Vocational programming
- Open major exploration
- Retention initiatives
- Service learning
- Spiritual life
- Other events, lectures and activities
The Niebuhr Center serves as a welcoming space for all, including first-year and transfer students. The organizational structure includes a first-year experience, transfer student support, mentoring services and open major advising. The Niebuhr Center will be a truly collaborative partnership between academic and student affairs, with reporting lines to both the vice president for academic affairs and vice president for student affairs.