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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Who are the River Stewards?

The River Stewards program is the flagship program of the Rivers Institute administered by the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton. The three-year interdisciplinary program focused on leadership development and civic engagement is based on the model of learn, lead, and serve. River Stewards participate in weekly mini-courses, provide service to the community, and work together to develop a project their senior year. Interested students can apply to become a River Steward in the second semester of their freshman year. Please see the information brochure and application for more information. Currently there are over 45 River Stewards within three cohorts. The River Stewards come from over 25 different majors and represent all undergraduate academic units at the University of Dayton.

Learn more with the River Stewards StoryMap

Future River Stewards

Current first-year students at the University of Dayton interested in joining the 2027 cohort can look forward to hearing more about the program throughout the year. To stay up to date regarding the application process, be sure to follow the River Stewards on social media.


When we celebrated our 10th cohort of River Stewards in Spring 2019, the Rivers Institute decided to embark on a project to find out where the River Stewards are now and what they are doing. A year later, an alumni GIS map is the final product. We look forward to adding more alumni through the years.

See where we are. Learn about our alumni.
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Campus and Community 10.17.23

The 2024 University of Dayton River Stewards are breathing new life into the 2020 River Stewards' book.

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