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Seeking to Serve

Our passion for service stems from a powerful belief about what we can accomplish by working together in community.

As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are deeply committed to the common good. Our spirit of hospitality and inclusiveness permeates campus, and we educate for service, justice and peace. For these reasons, The Catholic Volunteer Network listed the University of Dayton among its "Top Schools for Service."

Campus Ministry

Committed to peace and justice, Campus Ministry challenges you to develop your unique gifts in service to the world. Here, you'll find opportunities to grow in your faith, regardless of your religious background.

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Center for Social Concern

Our faith calls us to unite faith and action. Through awareness, advocacy and service, the Center for Social Concern provides numerous opportunities to enhance human dignity and social justice.

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Service in Action

  • REAL Dayton

    For a half-century, our students have spent summers among the people of Salyersville, Kentucky. They live simply and learn more than they ever could imagine.

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    Our ETHOS in Action

    Conceived by a group of students determined to change the world, ETHOS combines study abroad and service-learning into a life-changing adventure.

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    It's time to get REAL

    Through REAL Dayton, student reach out beyond campus, encounter Dayton, act with others and lead together.

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    Opportunities to Serve

    Service Clubs

    With 40+ clubs dedicated to service and social justice, you can turn your principles into action and make a real difference in the Dayton community — and around the world.

    Awareness and Advocacy

    From hunger and homelessness to racism and human rights atrocities, many injustices plague our world – but you can do something about it.


    Looking to expand your knowledge on various domestic or international issues while helping others? BreakOut and go on an adventure that helps the community — and broadens your perspective.

    SERVICE Saturdays

    From serving lunches at area shelters to building a house, SERVICE Saturdays provide opportunities to make a difference, engage with the local community and reflect on your involvement.