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.
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!
Academic Programs associated with the Institute
- Undergraduate Leadership Course – Exploring Leadership: LEAD 2000/PYC 2620
- Undergraduate Leadership Course – Capstone/Directed Study in Leadership: LEAD 4000/PYC 4950
- Graduate Leadership Course – Leadership Models: PYC 5750
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.
If you find that leadership is your passion or you would like to complement your major, consider the Leadership Minor!
Step Up is a peer mentoring and student retention program provided free of charge by Detroit Mercy and facilitated by the Institute.
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.