The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement

Our Mission

To cultivate the habit of promoting the common good through an integrative environment for learning.

To promote the value of politics; our shared identity as citizens; our engagement in public work.


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The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement was founded in 2006 as a learning community and resource hub for students, faculty, staff, and alums interested in engaging issues and practices of public policy. The McCarthy Center facilitates opportunities for collaborative scholarship, creative and integrated learning through programming and activities on and off campus and in collaboration with various other departments and organizations. The McCarthy Center also offers resources for internships, networking, and career mentoring experiences in the areas of public policy and public affairs. The staff and student participants of the McCarthy Center work to create venues for constructive, responsible and interesting civic debate and engagement in community affairs.


The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement invites you to the 13th Annual Polidazzle Social on Wednesday, November 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Event Center’s Grand Atrium Room.

This annual event offers students, alums, and friends of CSB/SJU and the McCarthy Center an opportunity to reconnect and meet with students interested in public policy and civic engagement.  This is an open house reception with drinks and abundant hors-d'oeuvres. Feel free to pass this invitation along to others who may be interested.

Tickets are now available! Register here. 


McCarthy Lecture- Denis McDonough '92 and Dr. Ken Jones

On Monday, October 15, 2018, the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement presented The 12th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture with Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough '92 interviewed by CSB/SJU Professor of History Dr. Ken Jones in the Abbey Church. Photo Credit: Ali Jungles '19.