Connected Learning and Scholarship

The University of Dayton is a national leader in educating community builders. Many of our programs contribute to a network of community building partnerships throughout the region. These programs are listed below and more information can be found from the links at right.

Bonner Leader Program

This national program gets students involved in their campus, their local community, and the world through service and leadership.

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The CityLinks Neighborhood Conference features workshops that bring Dayton and Montgomery County citizens together to learn from national speakers and from one another ways to revitalize neighborhoods and nurture leadership at its roots.

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Community-Based Service Learning

The Fitz Center's close ties with neighborhoods, schools and service providers lead to many opportunities for University of Dayton students and faculty to become active participants in service that broadens education.

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Dayton Civic Scholars

The Dayton Civic Scholars program is designed for students interested in urban affairs and social justice and students pursuing careers in public service.

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Ferree Professor of Social Justice

The Ferree Professor connects Catholic social teaching and the social sciences through the community-building mission of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.

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Leadership in Building Communities Seminar

This innovative seminar guides both undergraduate and MPA graduate students through the processes of building community.

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Rivers Institute

The vision of the Rivers Institute is "reuniting Dayton and its rivers" and its mission is to build opportunities for the Dayton community to see its rivers as the strategic natural resource central to the communal, economic, aesthetic and ecological vitality of the region.

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Semester of Service

This program allows students to take a semester off from full-time study to experience 450 hours of direct service in the Dayton community. Students grow through experiential learning, the creation of intentional community, and professional training and supervision from local social service providers.

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