The Institute for Leadership and Service

Help for Flint, MI

Helpfor Flint

Be part of the UDM effort to help Flint residents deal with the water crisis. For more details, click here.

GM Student Corps Partnerships


The GM Student Corps is a paid, ten-week summer internship for UDM students (and high school students) who exhibit grit, determination and leadership potential. Click here to apply now!

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!

Upcoming Events for the Emerging Leaders Program!

Click here to view a list of events and due dates for the Emerging Leaders Program!

Ford Community Corps Partnerships

Ford Community Corps Partnerships

The Ford Community Corps Partnerships (FCCP) is a grant for faculty and students to develop and implement creative service-learning projects.  Interested in participating for the 2014-15 academic year? Click here for more information

Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen

Now recruiting Leadership Team members! click here for more information

Summer Activity Featured on National Website.

UDM named to President's Honor Roll

Presidential Honor Roll

University of Detroit Mercy has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor roll recognizes the highest achieving schools nationally in the area of service-learning and civic engagement.

The President's Honor Roll increases the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.

Caring, Culture, and Service

UDM professor, Carmon Weekes, presented findings on using Service-Learning in the Nursing curriculum, at the "Oakland University Envisions Conference 2010." Click here for more information about the conference and to view her presentation.

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Audio on leadership

DiPaolo talking with new UDM students

Associate Professor of Education Donald DiPaolo highlighted leadership in his keynote talk at UDM's 2013 Freshman Convocation. Listen to a UDMcast audio recording of his presentation 


The source of human learning shows in Institute presentations from projects and courses:


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.

The Institute's 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 founders who believe in the promotion of justice and compassionate service to those in need as we are transforming lives to lead and serve.

The Institute is Celebrating our

20th Anniversary

Click here for our Anniversary Newsletter

Colleen w-LDI students 

Colleen Kaminski (first Director of the Institute) 

with some early participants in Institute programs

UDM 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.
There are a number of ways you can learn and experience leadership at UDM. You'll be helping yourself and your community in the context of our mission, vision and religious sponsors.

Academic Programs

Emerging Leaders Program

Events and Activities

Ford Community Corps Partnerships

Leadership Minor

Service-Learning Information

Service Information for Student Organizations