The Foley Center promotes a holistic approach to forming students to engage issues related to social justice over their course of their college experiences. Service learning and community engagement activities provide students a variety of experiences at multiple levels in their development into justice-oriented citizens.
The Foley Center defines a justice-oriented citizen utilizing the demoncratice citizen typology defined by Westheimer and Kahne (2004). A justice-oriented citizen goes beyond being personally responsible and even participating in civic activities. These citizens act out of a broader systemic commitment to ensuring a just society with a particular commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable communities.