Marygrove College is widely recognized for its commitment to the metropolitan Detroit community and has a national reputation for expertise on contemporary social, educational, and economic issues in urban areas. Founded, sponsored, and inspired by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), this independent, Catholic, graduate college attracts and serves students of all faiths who are passionate about engaging these contemporary urban issues. It offers degrees and professional development programs that are guided by the values of human dignity, community, social justice, ecological justice, excellence, innovation and diversity. The College also serves as an institutional leader by undertaking projects related to current issues of significance to the City. Both of these roles – developing citizen leaders and serving as an institutional leader – capitalize on Marygrove College’s location in the City of Detroit.
Marygrove College’s commitment to Detroit and social justice issues is inspired by the values and beliefs of its founder and continuing sponsor, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and is rooted in the intellectual tradition and social teaching of the Catholic Church. The Church’s intellectual tradition directs that the College’s scholarly pursuit of truth should stem from both an abiding faith in God and a profound reverence for reason. The Church’s social teaching directs that the College’s programs should promote the common good by fostering respect for human dignity, encouraging earth-care and sustainable communities, and seeking justice for people and communities who suffer from the actions of more powerful groups.