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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.

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Applications and essay questions for the 2023 Cohort are due online by February 15, 2020.

To learn more about the program, please join the River Stewards for one of their Info Nights: From 6 to 7 p.m. on November 20 or January 22 in Zehler Hall Room 104.

Informational brochure (pdf) >

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Application Essay Questions (doc) >


Cruising Chinese Waterways

The University of Dayton and Fuyao Glass America have teamed up on a new course that utilizes sociology, political science and economics to study the effect of China's growth on its waterways, and includes a three-week tour to examine key waterways first-hand.

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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

1401 S. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409