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The Center for Service and Action holds several events throughout the academic year designed to engage Loyola Marymount University students with the greater Los Angeles community. Find out how you can make a difference and make some friends along the way.

  • Service Retreat is open for all undergraduate and graduate students. The Service Retreat is a combined effort of Campus Ministry and the Center for Service and Action. Open to all students, the Service Retreat provides an opportunity to gather and reflect on the essential connection between faith and justice.

    Through direct experience, social analysis and theological reflection this retreat becomes a profound experience of the personal and social transformation that is made possible when we engage in community service as critical thinkers living in faith and solidarity. Combining service and reflection in this way invites our students to spend a weekend as true contemplatives in action. 

    Note: Retreat begins Thursday at 3:45pm. Afternoon classes on Thursday may conflict. There are no classes scheduled for Friday.

    The weekend will consist of living for a weekend on Skid Row, a well known area in Los Angeles with one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. Midnight Mission and Cardinal Manning will be providing secure sleeping arrangements for all retreat participants. The weekend will be a mix of service and conversations about issues surrounding homelessness.

  • Center for Service and Action together with Crimson Circle sponsor two Blood and Bone Marrow Drives every academic year. The Blood Drives are run in conjunction with the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center and the City of Hope. Every pint collected saves three lives so please consider donating to this important cause.

    Who can donate?

    If you're healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds you can donate blood.

  • Advocacy Teach-In is an annual event dedicated to providing the LMU community tools to effectively take action for social justice through local community organizations.

    Past Programs

    Past keynote speakers for the Advocacy Teach-Include have included:

    • 2021: Greg Boyle S.J. and Jose Arellano, Homeboy Industries
    • 2020: Dr. Mairead Sullivan, professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University
    • 2019: Dr. Stefan Bradley, associate professor and chair of African American Studies
    • 2017: Marcos Gonzales S.J. and Jose Arellano, Homeboy Industries
    • 2016: Melinna Abdullah, Black Lives Matter organizer, professor and chair of Pan American Studies at California State University


  • The mission of Special Games is to bring together the special needs community of Los Angeles and the Loyola Marymount University community for a day of fun, friendship, and personal growth. There is no experience like Special Games and no other event celebrates the many gifts of the special needs community in quite the same way. Today we continue our goal of fostering love, creating new friendships, and making life-long memories.

  • Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) promotes social justice leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools.