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Family News Digest


Welcome to Family News Digest, a weekly newsletter especially for University of Dayton parents and guardians.  

An Open Letter to the University of Dayton Community from Members of the President’s Council

Read the full statement about the 11 action steps on becoming an anti-racist University shared with all faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni earlier this week.

Praying from the heart

Join an online version of Prayers of the HEART from 12:15-12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Click here for the Zoom link. Participants normally gather around the Peace Pole on the third Thursday of the month for a 15-minute prayer between classes focused on current issues in the world, the nation and in our community.

One-credit course to explore intersection of medicine and faith

Students still working on their fall semester schedule may consider adding this 1-credit mini course offered by the Marian Library. UDI 263: Medicine and Miracles: Mary at the Intersection of Faith and Healing meets in Roesch Library from 9:05-9:55 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 10 weeks (Aug. 24-Oct. 28).

A message from the Student Government Association mental health committee

Students are doing their best to navigate the different, sometimes discouraging waters of our current times. As we stand together and for one another, we understand the importance of putting students' mental health as a top priority. Our committee has compiled a list of sample activities for students to engage in and some advice we think might help during these times. View this video on managing anxiety.

Students can learn a new language this summer for free

Introduction to R, a statistical programming environment for Data Analysis and Data Visualization, will be offered remotely this summer at no cost beginning July 7. R is one of the most popular programming languages in the industry. It is used almost everywhere, from finance and banking to medicine and manufacturing. It can be used in disciplines like statistics, computer science, economics and economic modelling, cyber security, information systems, health care, engineering and more. At the end of this short course, you should be comfortable using R and RStudio to explore data and construct graphic displays. It will also prepare students for future self-study of R. Register for these free six sessions of R learning! For questions regarding this short course, contact Dr. Chen (

Join the YWCA Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

From June 19 through July 9, challenge yourself to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege and leadership. Daily prompts provide opportunities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast and reflecting on personal experiences to help you discover how racial and social injustice impact our community, connect with one another and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. Originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving, this challenge has been adapted by many organizations across the country. Learn more about the Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.

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