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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Goal One:

Develop opportunities for all partners to learn, lead and serve collaboratively.

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community advances its mission through collaboration between community partners, students, staff, and faculty. It is important that all partners, internal and external, have the opportunity to engage with the Fitz Center and with one another in ways that are purposeful and in line with the University of Dayton’s Catholic Marianist traditions and identity along with the Fitz Center’s Practiced Principles. 

Student Strategies

  1. Develop a servant leadership curriculum for all Fitz Center programs to help students live the Center’s Practiced Principles.
  2. Ensure diverse leadership opportunities exist for students to engage in community based learning activities throughout their University of Dayton career—from orientation through graduation.
  3. Build partnerships with other University of Dayton programs to promote opportunities for curricular and co-curricular community-based engagement opportunities inclusive of all students and ensuring a diversity of perspectives for varied interests and commitment levels.
  4. Create community engagement scholarship opportunities focused on increasing diversity and support for students with demonstrated financial need.

Faculty and Staff Strategies

  1. Integrate community engaged learning opportunities into Common Academic Program (CAP) courses.
  2. Advocate and serve as a resource for Promotion and Tenure (P&T) policies that recognize community engaged scholarship, teaching and service.
  3. Intentionally work with and provide support to faculty and staff from departments, colleges and offices from across the University’s campus.
  4. Formalize opportunities for Fitz Center staff to support, teach, and engage in the classroom with faculty.

Community Strategies

  1. Facilitate relationships between community and University partners to develop a shared agenda and ensure high quality engagement and continuity of engagement from semester to semester and year to year.
  2. Build on a solution-oriented framework to convene community and university partners regularly for shared and sustained dialogue focused on the identified needs in the Dayton community.
  3. Develop asset-based strategies to promote economic opportunities, housing stability, education, strong families, and environmental stewardship for all.
  4. Host a Community Fellow in the Fitz Center.
  5. Create a shared office space utilizing the Rubicon House for student and nonprofit organizations to collaborate, share resources, and co-create community-based solutions.

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

1401 S. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409