In the spirit of Christian service, to develop leaders who promote social justice in partnership with diverse local and global communities.

Core Values/Tenets

  • Facilitate a sense of global citizenship and cultural sensitivity
  • Promote the development of civic responsibility and civic leadership through service
  • Develop and encourage an inclusive interfaith perspective
  • Work collaboratively to promote sustainable communities, wellness and civic engagement
  • Foster a sense of connecting local to global
  • Advocate for a deeper understanding of social justice issues


The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership is a partnership between the University of the Incarnate Word and CHRISTUS Health, with an initiative guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

It is dedicated to promoting the common good by educating enlightened and concerned leaders committed to learning, research, advocacy and service for those in most need.

It promotes civically-engaged leaders collaborating in partnership with local and global community stakeholders to achieve individual/social transformation while respecting the dignity of each individual and all creation.