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About the University Honors Program

Compassionate Service

The University Honors Program holds that scholarly excellence and exploration must be complimented by a practical connection to the world at large through voluntary acts of compassionate service to society and individuals in need.

The Leadership Development Institute
The Program requires 100 hours of documented volunteer service as a condition of graduating with Honors. The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) has programs that can provide many opportunities to become involved in such work. The Institute acts as an agent between community needs and student service to help you get connected, and will document and track your service hours on behalf of the Honors Program.

Here are the two forms that enable LDI to track your completion of the Honors Program service requirement. The registration form is first. Print it out, fill it in, and get it to LDI, either at their office (SU 206), or by fax (313-993-1192). The service verification form needs to be filled out by you, signed by the coordinator where you volunteer, and then dropped off at LDI for data entry. The Honors Program requests reports on service completed as you approach graduation, but you may also request such a report by e-mailing ldi@udmercy.edu.

LDI will track all of your service hours--whether your hours were originally generated through LDI or from sources external to LDI (volunteer work through your place of worship, your Greek organization, etc.).

Volunteer Center
The Volunteer Center is a student-run program that coordinates projects, activities and other events for students. The Center also responds to requests from community agencies to assist on volunteer projects. Examples of annual projects include Hunger Week, Adopt-A-Family, Open our Mind and the Alternative Spring Break.

University Ministry
University Ministry assists the academic community in embodying the Mercy and Jesuit chrisms upon which the University is founded. The University Ministry team provides a Catholic expression of the University's mission through compassionate service to persons in need, service of faith and promotion of justice. University Ministry encourages members of the University community to participate in activities that foster human justice through service of the real needs of each other, and recognizing the dignity of every human being.