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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.

Counseling Center Tip of the Week

As a way to help focus on your life during this unique time, do a self-care inventory once a week and rate yourself on: physical activity, sleep, personal care and social connection. Any changes or areas you would like to adjust? Pick one and set a small goal of positive change for the upcoming week. 

The Counseling Center staff continues to meet regularly with UD students via Zoom or by phone. Please call 937-229-3141 to set up an appointment. For students living outside of the state of Ohio, services may be limited due to certain state laws so call to discuss your options. You may also take an anonymous emotional wellness screening.

One-credit course to explore intersection of medicine and faith

Still working on your fall semester schedule? 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

We, like the rest of you, are doing our 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 your mental health as a top priority. Our committee has compiled a list of sample activities for you to engage in and some advice we think might help during these times. Find the list of activities to help with your mental health at this link and view this video on managing anxiety. Also, please take our survey here to check-in and let us know how you’re doing.

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.

Learn a new language this summer for free

Have ever thought about learning how to analyze data, but don’t know how and where to start? This is the right course for you! 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 set you up for future self-study of R. Register for these free six sessions of R learning! If you have questions regarding this short course, please contact Dr. Chen ( 

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