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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

About Us

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is proudly named after Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D., the longest-serving president in the University of Dayton's history. After Brother Ray stepped down as President in 2002, the Fitz Center was created by combining two existing centers, Strategies for Responsible Development/INCLUD and the Social Science Research Center/Center for the Study of Family Development.

The Fitz Center is built on sustained relationships with dozens of neighborhood, community nonprofit and government organizations and associations and serves as a connecting point and campus-wide partner for community partnerships, leadership, community-engaged learning and scholarship, and innovative solution-based strategies to civic needs through an asset based approach. From its beginnings, the Fitz Center remains grounded in the University of Dayton’s Catholic Marianist values of preference for marginalized people, reciprocal relationships, and shared dialogue for vital community-engaged leadership.

Over the past seventeen years, backed by a strategic commitment from the University and support from alumni, donors, community leaders, corporations, nonprofits, neighborhood leaders, Montgomery County, and the City of Dayton, the Fitz Center has continued Brother Ray’s legacy with collaboration, leadership, and creation of community-based and neighborhood partnerships. As an anchor institution, the University of Dayton is committed to its surrounding community through engaged education, integral partnerships, and a shared voice for strengthening the City.


The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community cultivates servant leaders and just communities through reciprocal partnerships, engaged learning and scholarship, and community building. We live our mission to

  • address the diverse, comprehensive, and interconnected challenges of urban neighborhoods and larger communities;
  • create, share, and apply knowledge for the common good;
  • educate and prepare students for lives of impactful civic action.

Practiced Principles

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community lives its values through the following Practiced Principles:

  • Community assets: Communities meet needs and solve problems with their gifts, strengths, and assets.
  • Social capital: Trustful relationships are necessary for community building and strengthening.
  • Constructive public conversations: Balanced inquiry and advocacy is critical in all dialogue.
  • Adaptive capacity: Change comes from learning together.
  • Widely shared vision: A collective community vision is more powerful than any individual vision.


Advancing the common good of communities through diverse, community-based partnerships, engaged learning and scholarship, and servant leadership.


The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community practices the following values in its work:

  • Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship
  • Critical Reflection
  • Respect for Human Dignity
  • Integrity
  • Equity
  • Preference for Marginalized People
  • Social Justice
  • Student-Centered
  • Work for the Common Good

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

1401 S. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409