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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Goal Two:

Strengthen and build reciprocal partnerships to cultivate student leaders and just communities.

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community was built on reciprocal partnerships and all faculty, staff, students, and community partners have engaged in work with and on behalf of the Fitz Center, since its founding, to ensure that Fitz Center values are upheld in all partnerships/collaborations. 

Student Strategies

  1. Develop a student advisory council to inform Fitz Center operations and build connections across Fitz Center programs.
  2. Create opportunities for students to transition into engaged Fitz Center alumni.
  3. Ensure that students provide resources, plans, and connections that are shared at the University to provide continuity in programs, services, and relationships that last beyond their time at the University of Dayton and interaction in the community.
  4. Educate students on ways to create change through their work and their experiences with community.

Faculty and Staff Strategies

  1. Facilitate relationship and program building across departments and disciplines to ensure continuous engagement with community partners.
  2. Collaborate with similarly focused centers and programs on the University of Dayton campus and in the Dayton community to reduce redundancy and address the community’s needs in the most effective manner.
  3. Create multi-disciplinary, multi-partner collaborations in partnership with community (learning communities, living-learning communities) focused on addressing an issue in partnership with one another.

Community Strategies

  1. Create a Fitz Center Advisory Board with community partner and campus-based partners that represent connections to all Fitz Center programs.
  2. Convene community and university partners to address identified community issues from multiple perspectives.
  3. Build practices that support relationships with the Fitz Center as an organization, not only with specific programs.
  4. Develop Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with key partners to ensure reflective practices and sustainability through shared dialogue and written documentation.
  5. Develop regular communication processes to share and receive information from internal and external partners.

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

1401 S. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409