J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice

The Center for Social Justice offers a biblically based, interdisciplinary major leading to a bachelor of science in social justice.

The social justice major provides students with curricula from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Skinner School of Business and Technology, and the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Through a rich combination of theory, theology, and intensive field experiences, students gain knowledge and practical skills to prepare them for a variety of careers, including leadership within congregations and social service nonprofits; research and policy analysis positions within local, state, and federal government agencies or advocacy, lobbying, or educational institutions; and staff positions within public agencies or corporations focused on environmental conservation and stewardship. Choose from one of three minors: Non-Profit and Congregational Leadership, Public policy, or Environmental Justice.

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Trevecca Urban Farm

The Trevecca Urban Farm was inspired as a teaching tool to equip students to help food-insecure neighborhoods around the world. In the heart of Nashville, livestock guardian dogs oversee our heritage goats, pigs, and chickens as they graze Trevecca’s campus and lots nearby. A worm farm, an aquaponics fish farm, campus composting, beekeeping, urban orchard, greenhouse, vegetable garden, and two additional community gardens produce abundantly within view of Nashville’s skyscrapers. The Trevecca Urban Farm is a program of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.

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Micah Mandate

The Micah Mandate is a social justice magazine published by the Center which raises awareness of today's injustices, tells our students' stories and fosters community.

Neighborhood Empowerment Program

The Neighborhood Empowerment Program (NEP) equips and empowers passionate individuals and organizations with diverse strategies and tools that simultaneously maximize organizational capacity, amplify mission impact, and strengthen sustainability. The NEP work creates a living laboratory where cross-disciplinary relationships between TNU and the community foster social justice. The Neighborhood Empowerment Program provides experiential opportunities for students to grow and develop skills while assisting community practitioners with the necessary resources to address significant needs required to accomplish their objectives. Contact Iris Gordon, Neighborhood Empowerment Director, at igordon@trevecca.edu for more information.


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s partnership with Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) began over 15 years ago with a formal agreement to provide officers with continuing Christian education. The expanding partnership with TNU’s J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice is a natural progression of our shared theological heritage, need and love for Christian education and biblical mandate to advance Kingdom purposes in the area of social justice. This synergistic relationship will bolster the University’s research presence while providing invaluable opportunities for Trevecca students to participate in research projects that will impact the Southern Territory’s call to “do” Justice in Christ’s name. 

AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

Trevecca welcomed four new faces to campus this year as the University’s AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members. The AmeriCorps VISTA program is a national service program that primarily works to eliminate poverty. Since 1965, more than 220,000 VISTA members have served in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. The program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency.

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