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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.

How We Serve

A Catholic, Marianist Education

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.

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Campus Ministry

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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.

Service Clubs


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.


4 Paws for Ability

Some members of the UD community are known for sleeping in class. Through 4 Paws for Ability, UD students help socialize dogs, who will be trained and placed as service animals for children with disabilities.

4 Paws for Ability

Semester of Service

Each year, 20 students take a semester away from classes and serve full-time in local non-profit community centers, after school programs and organizations addressing homelessness issues.

Semester of Service

This experience helped me to apply the technical skills I received through my major and use them to better my community.


Industrial Engineering Technology Major, Class of 2021

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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