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Ethics and Leadership Initiative

Moving about in the world requires action.

It is not always clear which action is best or right, whether for an individual, for a community, for a workplace or for the world. This requires ethics. Even when the right action becomes clear, it is rarely an easy task to perform that action. This requires leadership.

In 2017, under President Spina’s leadership, UD cast a vision for itself as a University for the Common Good, where humanity’s needs set our direction, shape our curricula, inspire our research, motivate our partnerships, and form our graduates. One indispensable component to realizing this vision is a commitment to provide every student with a “distinctive, integrated experience that fosters servant-leadership.”

This is what the Ethics and Leadership Initiative strives to do.


Ethics and Leadership Initiative

1401 S. Main St., Suite 200
Dayton, Ohio 45409

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Undergraduate Certificate

The certificate aims to inspire students to recognize and face ethical challenges in their personal lives, communities and workplaces.

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Foundations Mini-Course

Journal assignments, discussions, guest speakers, workshops and film viewings prompt students to ask themselves what really matters and why.

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In the News
Humanities and Social Sciences 11.23.20

Christa Johnson, visiting assistant professor in the University of Dayton Department of Philosophy, seeks to further the University’s Catholic, Marianist mission to educate the whole person through integrating ethics and leadership into the academic curriculum and through co-curricular experiences.

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