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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Faculty Fellows

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community's Faculty Fellows Program is faculty research and action for the common good. Each year, a select group of University of Dayton faculty members are awarded individual stipends to complete a research project. 

2022-23 Faculty Fellows
Roger Crum, Department of Art and Design

My project is a collaboration with my friend Melvin Andrews, who is the founder and president of Gem City Recycling, an e-waste removal, transportation and certification company of more than two decades. My collaboration with Melvin is in aid of his transformation and expansion of his business to establish a thriving recycling center in West Dayton and, once established, to staff that facility via the proposed Gem City Recycling Empowerment Program, an initiative that is envisioned as engaging, hiring and mentoring recently incarcerated individuals in West Dayton and throughout the city as they work toward re-establishing and re-directing their lives in new and positive directions.

Roger Crum's profile
Rebecca Potter, Department of English

Rebecca Potter is a professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca Potter's profile
Chelse Prather, Department of Biology

My project focuses on how solar projects the City of Dayton is initiating affect biodiversity and ecological processes. The senior capstone lab of Environmental Biology majors is collecting preliminary data, and my lab is tracking proposed solar sites over time to determine how the city's projects affect the environment in the hopes of collecting data that will be useful.

Chelse Prather's profile
Mary Wagner, Department of Psychology

My project is part of a community-based partnership to evaluate how improved wages for early childhood education staff affects their well-being and children's learning. My specific role is assessing the school readiness skills of children involved in the program to assess growth.

Mary Wagner's profile
Felix Fernando, Hanley Sustainability Institute

My project involves building a community garden/green space on the Omega Community Development Corporation proerty located in the Dayton View Trangle neighborhood.

Felix Fernando's profile
Molly Malany Sayre, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Students in Community Practice and Research are working with CityWide Development Corporation to support outreach efforts in the Carillon neighborhood of Dayton. Students are inviting neighborhood children to register for bike classes so they will be able to more fully utilize the Dayton Bike Yard, which is under construction in their neighborhood.

Molly Malany Sayre's profile
Chad Sloss, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Chad Sloss is a lecturer specializing in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Chad Sloss' profile
Chia-Yu Wu, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

My primary research interests are to employ GIS (Geographical Information System) tools to model physical and human geographical issues.

Chia-Yu Wu's profile
Arne Romanowski, Department of Global Languages and Cultures

My project’s primary goal is to contribute to the preservation and validation (in scholarship and practice) of existing community knowledge and practices conducive to the formation of healthy habits in children, in order to promote the long-term prevention of chronic diseases. Students in my Spanish for the Health Professions class will work together with caregivers of Hispanic/Latinx children in a collaborative space that reflects the dialogic meeting of cultural practices and scientific approach, without privileging or discounting either.

Arne Romanowski's profile

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