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About the Institute

Mission

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

Main Office

University of Detroit Mercy
Briggs 212
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-3038
theinstitute@udmercy.edu
313-993-1230

Institute Staff

Tim Hipskind, S.J.
Director of Service Learning
Briggs 212
313-993-2003
hipskijt@udmercy.edu

Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Evaluation, and Leadership Development
Reno 323
313-993-1137
zimmerka@udmercy.edu

Donald G. DiPaolo
Coordinator of Leadership Minor
don.dipaolo@udmercy.edu

Jillian Stewart
Campus Kitchen Manager
Commerce & Finance 05
313-578-0345
stewarjt@udmercy.edu

Ann Niebrzydowski
Campus Kitchen Mentor and Administrative Support
niebzam@udmercy.edu

Jack Crusoe
Alumni Volunteer
crusoeja@udmercy.edu

Joe Walsh
Executive-in-Residence

Miranda Dufresne
Ford Community Corps Partnerships (FCCP) Coordinator & Co-Assistant Director of Emerging Leaders Program
miranda.dufresne@gmail.com

Casey Rhines
Co-Assistant Director of Emerging Leaders Program
rhinesce@udmercy.edu

Erica Tessmer
Database and Social Media Specialist
tessmeel@udmercy.edu

Advisory Board

Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Co-chair (Psychology)
Tim Hipskind, Co-Chair (Service-Learning)
Tyra Dahlerup (Admissions)
Don DiPaolo (Education)
Lanae Gill (Residence Life)
Mary Ann Hazen (Business)
Si Hendry (Catholic Studies)
Alan Hoback (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
David Nantais (University Ministry)
Dan Saint (Institute)
Dorothy Stewart (Student Affairs)
Joe Walsh (Institute)
Monica Williams (Student Affairs)
Claudia Bernasconi (Architecture)
Pamela Zarkowski (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs)