In the City for Good
As Rockhurst celebrates its centennial it stands firm in its commitment to its Jesuit heritage and to its location in midtown Kansas City along historic Troost Avenue and the grand Paseo Boulevard. Rockhurst has a strong impact on the city and community, which can be noted in several of our long-standing projects and accomplishments.
Rockhurst has created a legacy of educating and transforming young individuals into engaged community members who embody the Jesuit tradition of being men and women for and with others. The university continues to make a significant economic and cultural impact in our Kansas City community.
Rockhurst University has been Kansas City's only Jesuit institution of higher education for more than 100 years. The university is deeply rooted in the community, both economically and relationally.
Students, staff, faculty and alumni are directed by the university mission to Learn, Lead and Serve in the Jesuit tradition. In short, the Rockhurst community is always seeking to make God's good world better, and those efforts begin at home, in Kansas City.
Rockhurst opened its Community Center as an outreach to the 49/63 neighborhood and greater community in 2002. Since then the community center has continued to grow in popularity and continued to provide free meeting space for nonprofit community agencies, civic groups, school district affiliated groups, and neighborhood organizations. 13,156 people crossed the Community Center’s threshold in 2010. More than 50 organizations used spaced for a total of 2,805 hours, which is the economic equivalent of $144,311.
Service in the Jesuit tradition is a paramount piece of the culture and experience of Rockhurst University. Students participate in community service and in service-learning courses at their own will giving on average an aggregate 30,000 hours of service per year. The Finucane Service Project is a student-led service event for new students during orientation in the fall. More than 500 members of the Rockhurst community participate. Safe Trick-or-Treat is a student-led project, which offers neighborhood children a safe place to celebrate Halloween with their families. The families enjoy a “haunted house” and treats. Each year an average of 600-800 visitors attend and more than 80 students volunteer. Students participate in numerous service activities throughout the year, including RU College Bound and Global Youth Service Day. They also create their own service experiences with community organizations.
Rockhurst offers students, who qualify for the Federal Work Study program, the opportunity to participate in Community Work Study, which allows them to tutor or mentor youth in the community. Rockhurst partners with agencies such as the Kansas City Urban Youth Center, Operation Breakthrough, Jumpstart KC, YMCA and St. James United Methodist Church to offer students this unique opportunity to integrate work experience with community service. Students participating in 2010 completed an aggregate 2,940 hours.