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Support Groups

Support Groups

Sometimes you just need to hang out with a group that "gets it" like you do.

Our support groups on campus are created to reach out to individuals in particular situations, with particular needs. Rest assured that, whatever your personal struggles are, you don't have to endure them alone. All of our support groups offer a compassionate, non-judgmental atmosphere. In addition to regular group meetings, many support services are available to students who are struggling with personal situations or hardships.


A student organization for those in the UD community who deal with issues related to sexual orientation.  This peer-led student group provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their friends and allies through open discussion and education.  Allies affirms confidentiality, sensitivity and an attitude of respect for the dignity of each person.



Hand-in-Hand is a program of care and concern for unwed, pregnant women at the University of Dayton.

Women in the program are offered assistance in the decision process needed early in the pregnancy by a skilled, non-judgmental woman who will keep complete confidentiality and the utmost respect for the beliefs of the student. A mentor is likewise provided, an understanding faculty or staff person who has experienced pregnancy. In maintaining a relationship with her mentor, the single pregnant woman can find support in her fears, needs and joys. The Hand-in-Hand program can also help students with practical issues such as housing, academic difficulties, counseling, pregnancy testing, and emotional support.

Contact Bridget Ebbert.

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Living with Loss

If you have experienced the death of someone close to you, it can affect all areas of your life. Whether your loss was recent or a while ago, being with others who understand can be very helpful. This group will provide support as well as strategies for increased effective coping and is facilitated by Katie Mathews of Campus Ministry and Erin Shiner of the UD Counseling Center. You do not need to be referred by a campus minister or therapist to attend this group. Join us at any time! This group meets on Thursdays at 3:30-4:15pm, via Zoom.

Click HERE to sign up and Campus Ministry will email you to confirm your registration and send a Zoom link. 

If you have questions, you can email Katie Mathews at or Erin Shiner at

Living with Loss for Faculty and Staff

Living with Loss for faculty and staff is a confidential support group for UD faculty and staff who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The death may be recent or one that occurred several years ago. We meet to provide a place to share feelings, concerns and stories with other members of the UD community who understand what they are going through. It will be an opportunity to share stories, with an understanding that this is pastoral care not counseling.

Contact Fr. Tom Schroer, SM,


Campus Ministry

Liberty Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408