I consider that the most important things in our association are not the structures, or the measures to ensure a certain efficiency, but a goal: answering the needs of children and young people, especially the poor. What matters most are persons.

Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, FSC

The McLaughlin Social Justice Institute of Lasallian Practice (MSJI) is a two-week intensive academic, community, and field experience program hosted at Christian Brothers University where students will learn how their own social identities impact their engagement with others. Blending classroom instruction, visits from leading experts in law and medicine, and trips throughout the Memphis community, students will learn about issues pertaining to social justice and inequity, particularly for people living in poverty and on the margins. Participants from across the United States will engage in an exciting, life-changing opportunity and immerse oneself in learning about some of the most critical issues of our day such as generational poverty and homelessness, food scarcity, challenges faced by immigrants, and inequity in education and healthcare.

Interested? Questions?

Summer 2023 Details

  • June 11- June 24, 2023
  • Costs includes tuition, room and board on the CBU campus. 2023 cost coming soon.

About the Program

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Field Experience: See History Be Made Every Day
You won’t just learn in the classroom; you’ll be exposed to Memphis’s rich history and culture through visits to cultural centers and organizations on the front lines of transformational social justice efforts
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Learn from Nationally Recognized Experts
Hear directly from the change makers – the doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and community leaders improving the world every day.
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Experience Memphis: A City with Soul
Memphis may be known as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll but its soul runs deep as a city steeped in our nation’s fight for equity and justice for all.
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Academic Emphasis: Earn 3 credits in 2 weeks
Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Themes from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, you’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to religion, sociology, history, and psychology. You’ll probably learn a little about yourself, too!


Brother Patrick Conway, FSC
Vice President of Mission & Identity, Office of the President