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Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies

Megan Passon, 2021

B.A., Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology

Majoring in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology with a minor in Political Science, Megan Passon graduated from the University of Dayton majoring in 2021.

A native of Monroe, Mich., Megan participated in a number of campus initiatives, including serving as a student leader with UD’s Campus Ministry. As a member of Campus Ministry, she lead retreats, served as a Callings Leader’ for first-year students and represented the university at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. Megan also worked as a resident assistant/neighborhood fellow with UD's Office of Housing and Residence Life for three years. She completed internships with Catholic Social Services in working with the Miami Valley’s Refugee Resettlement Division and the Monroe (Mich.) County Prosecutor’s Office.

During her matriculation, As a sophomore, Megan was selected and awarded an annual scholarship as part of the Chaminade Scholar Program at the University of Dayton.

The honors student was heavily involved in the Criminal Justice and Security Studies Department during her time at the university, serving as an executive board member of the Omega Phi Delta and Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Fraternity for two years, representing the program at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference in Baltimore, Md., and working in the department as a research assistant.

Looking at the correlation between hate crimes and political rhetoric, the honors student completed research through the Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship with Dr. Martha Hurley, the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Security Studies Department. 

Megan is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology National Honor Society and the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice National Honor Society.

In 2020, she was awarded the Criminal Justice Studies Service Award for dedication to the CJSS Department and the Dr. Edward A. Huth Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Student in Sociology. In 2021, she was awarded the Reverend Andrew L. Seebold Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Sociology.

Upon graduating in May 2021, Megan will be attending the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy to earn her Master of Public Policy. After obtaining her MPP, she plans to work at a nonprofit that specializes in criminal justice policy and reform.


Criminal Justice and Security Studies

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1447