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Detroit Mercy highlights leadership in our education of the student, service learning, and in student life. Student leaders help us continue the work of Catherine McAuley and Ignatius of Loyola in compassionate care of the poor and marginalized by seeing, feeling, helping and fostering lasting change.

University of Detroit Mercy's Institute for Leadership and Service (The Institute) provides opportunities for all members of the Detroit Mercy community to engage in social change for the common good. The Institute upholds the ideals of our founders who believe in the promotion of justice and compassionate service to those in need as we are transforming lives to lead and serve.

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Since its creation in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Click here for more information on how to apply!

Graduating soon?

Consider starting your professional life by giving back to your community! Here are three of our top recommendations for sharing a year of service, more valuable to you in a marginal to poor job market. Start your career in good company, and increase what you have to offer:

Academic Programs associated with the Institute

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Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen

Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen program is the first Campus Kitchen in the State of Michigan.

Emerging Leaders Program

The co-curricular Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to educate, engage and empower all students.

Ford Community Corps Partnerships

The Ford Motor Company Fund has provided financial support to assist The Institute in fostering the strategic partnerships, which form the centerpiece of this new program.

GM Student Corps

GM Student Corps is a paid, 10-week summer internship for college students who exhibit grit, determination and leadership potential.

Leadership Minor

If you find that leadership is your passion or you would like to complement your major, consider the Leadership Minor!

Step Up

Step Up is a peer mentoring and student retention program provided free of charge by Detroit Mercy and facilitated by the Institute.

Service Learning

Each September and January, more than 700 students seek direct service opportunities in which they can work close enough to those you serve to feel compassion for them. We encourage you to consider letting them serve with you.

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